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Putin arrives in Astana for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit

Jordan Daily – Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Astana early Wednesday for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, where leaders from member and observer states are set to discuss a broad range of global and regional issues on July 3-4.

According to the RT news , Putin’s plane touched down in the Kazakh capital around 5 a.m. local time. The summit, which Moscow views as a key platform for dialogue, will include a series of significant bilateral meetings, said Yury Ushakov, the Russian president’s foreign policy aide.

Ahead of the official events, Putin is scheduled to meet with the leaders of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Mongolia, as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Additionally, the Russian leader is expected to hold talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The SCO, founded in 2001, originally comprised Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined the organization in 2017, and Tehran became a full-fledged member in 2023.

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