Putin and Xi Jinping to meet in Uzbekistan this Thursday (15)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan in the early afternoon of Thursday (15), according to a schedule distributed by the Russian delegation to the media.

The two leaders are in Samarkand to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security group.

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They will also hold a three-way meeting with Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh.

Separately, the Uzbek government declared that Putin would also meet with Iranian, Kyrgyz, Pakistani, Turkmen and Uzbek leaders.

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On Friday (16), Putin is due to meet the leaders of Azerbaijan, India and Turkey.

Putin and Xi plan to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan. The Kremlin says the meeting has “special significance” given the geopolitical situation.

Xi left China for the first time in more than two years for the trip, which comes just a month before he cements his place as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.

The deepening of the China-Russia partnership is a geopolitical development that the West is watching with trepidation. The organization that organizes the meeting extends the audience from Beijing and Moscow to countries that represent half of the world’s population.

Source: CNN Brasil

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