Vladimir Putin arrives in Tashkent

Vladimir Putin arrives in Tashkent

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tashkent, where a two-day annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) timed to its 15th anniversary gets underway.

Traditionally, the program of first day of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization provides only for an informal dinner, with talks in narrow and extended formats and other events planned for June 24.

According to Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov, on Thursday the Russian president will have a brief bilateral meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will also take part in trilateral talks with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. It will be the third meeting in this format. The two previous meetings of the three leaders were held in 2014 and 2015, also on the sidelines of the summit meetings of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Dushanbe and Ufa, respectively.

On Friday Putin will also hold meetings with Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After the SCO summit, Putin will pay an official visit to China where he will have talks with that country’s leaders on June 25 on the entire range of issues of the bilateral and international agenda.

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