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Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping meet in Kazakhstan to boost influence in Central Asia

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping meet in Kazakhstan to boost influence in Central Asia
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping meet in Kazakhstan to boost influence in Central Asia

Amid the war with Ukraine and tensions with the West, a new display of cooperation will take place at the annual session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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He Russian President Vladimir Putinarrived this Wednesday at Kazakhstanwhere he will participate in a new summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and will hold bilateral meetings with various leaders, including his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

Both are influential leaders in the Central Asian region who, despite their differences, seek to strengthen anti-Western alliances at the summit to be held in Astana, the capital of Central Asia’s largest economy. The last time they met was in China, after the Russian leader’s trip in May to seek more support in its war in Ukraine.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was created in 2001 by China and Russia to discuss the Security concerns in Central Asia and the region in general. It is composed of seven other members including Iran, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Putin and Kazakhstan.JPG

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In addition, the SCO has observer states and dialogue partners including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. This organization gained new momentum in recent years as counterweight block to Western influencefocusing on security and economic issues.

Who is attending the summit?

At Thursday’s meeting will be the Summit host President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov.

He President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenkowill also attend because his country is becoming a full member. His membership is expected to be announced on Thursday at the end of the summit.

Irana member incorporated in 2023, will be represented by the interim president, Mohammad MokhbarThe country is still trying to determine the successor of the former president Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash in May. Other guests include President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan.

The present will also be given by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterreswho is visiting Central Asia. The representative of the organization wants to “position the UN as an inclusive organization that speaks to all the big clubs,” said Alexander Gabuev, director of the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center.

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