Vladimir Putin: The historic city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is getting ready for the 18th SCO Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This meeting, to be held from September 15 to 16, will be the first time that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be seen on the platform of a major multinational meeting. From the point of view of world politics, this gathering will be very important because on the one hand where leaders representing about half of the world’s population will be present. At the same time, strong anti-American leaders like China-Russia-Iran will also be on one platform together.
Obviously, Putin’s attempt would be to improve the image on the platform of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is a majority of former Soviet republics. At the same time, China would also like to mobilize the strength of support for the anti-US barricade between the Corona and Ukraine war.
Will meet PM Modi and Xi Jinping
In the last 6 months after the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, President Putin had only visited Tajikistan and Turkmenistan before. Putin was out of Russia for two days for the visit, which took place on June 28-29. This time also it will happen that President Putin will be out of Russia for two days on 15th and 16th.
Russian President will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Samarkand while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Have to meet them too. President Putin’s bilateral meeting with PM Modi is to be held on 16 September. This will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders nearly 10 months after the New Delhi summit in December 2021.
Emphasis will be on INSTC project
In this meeting of Samarkand, President Putin’s effort will be to make new doors for Russian business in the wall of sanctions imposed by America and Western countries. In this episode, Russia will also insist on taking forward its ambitious INSTC project i.e. International North South Transport Corridor.
While the dry port of Uzbekistan is to be added to this corridor, the Chabahar port built in Iran with the help of India is also to be added. At the same time, on the pretext of SCO, Russia will also try to create an alternative front of energy business, which includes countries like Iran, Kazakhstan, Turmenistan.
There will be special security arrangements for Putin
Putin’s first foreign trip after the murder of Daria Dugin, daughter of his close and political adviser Alexander Dugin last month, will also be important in terms of security arrangements. Russian security agencies may be aware of Uzbekistan, which was part of the Soviet Union, but strict arrangements are being made regarding Putin’s security circle.
Due to the VIP gathering and security arrangements in Samarkand, the city will be sealed for outside movement from the morning of September 14. Also, this meeting will also be organized in Samarkand Tourism City, which is away from the main city and surrounded by boundary wall. All foreign visiting leaders and their delegations will stay here and will return from here. That is, the circle of security will be kept very tight. It is said that the squad of Putin’s security team has done several rounds of visits and meetings with Uzbek officials in the last few days. Also, the team of Russian intelligence agencies has already put a halt in the hotel where Putin will stay.
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