There is evidence to show that ethnic Uzbeks are present in a number of different militant groups in Syria and Iraq, including Islamic State, but the extent of that presence remains a question.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev's unannounced visit to Moldova is under scrutiny.
EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini has nominated a new EU special envoy to Central Asia.
The head of the company that owned the building housing a shopping center damaged in a deadly fire in the Russian city of Kazan last week as been arrested.
Referring to rampant speculation about his health and whereabouts during his unusually long absence from the public eye, Putin said: "It would be boring without gossip."
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has arrived in St. Petersburg ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambaev, on March 16.
Russia has called for the strengthening of efforts by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) group to the organization's members.
A parliamentary committee in Kyrgyzstan has approved a controversial bill that would impose "foreign agent" status on nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from abroad.
Two Kazakh men have died in an accident in an abandoned gold mine in the northern Aqmola region while searching for gold.
Afghan officials say Russian-speaking Central Asians were among dozens of militants killed in southern Afghanistan on March 4.
The Ferghana Valley in Central Asia has for years been a hotbed for drugs, smuggling, and Islamic extremism. One of the most densely populated areas of the region, it has now become fertile ground for Islamic State militants.