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PM Modi Lands In Uzbekistan, To Meet Putin Tomorrow: 10 Points

PM Modi is likely to meet Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan. (File)

New Delhi:
Trade and geopolitics will be on the agenda as Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at a regional summit in Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:

  1. Mr Putin and Prime Minister Modi will attend the two-day 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which begins Thursday.

  2. This is the bloc’s first in-person summit in two years, shaking off Covid fears and providing a rare opportunity for all of its eight heads of state to meet on the sidelines of the event to have face-to-face conversations on pressing matters. global and regional issues of common interest.

  3. “Russian President Putin will attend the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. Prime Minister Modi is also going. We have already announced that there will be a number of meetings in Samarkand, including with PM Modi,” the Russian ambassador to India Denis Alipov told news agency ANI.

  4. Earlier, the official Russian news agency TASS had quoted presidential aide Yuri Ushakov as saying: “There will also be a talk on the international agenda with Modi, the parties will discuss issues of strategic stability, the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and, of course, cooperation within major multilateral formats, such as the UN, the G20 and the SCO.”

  5. “This is particularly important, as India will chair the UN Security Council in December, and in 2023 India will lead the SCO and also chair the G20,” Ushakov told reporters on Tuesday.

  6. The two leaders had met in July and discussed the implementation of the decisions made during President Putin’s visit to India in December 2021. Before that, Prime Minister Modi and Mr Putin spoke by phone on February 24 after Russia attacked Ukraine.

  7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Samarkand on Thursday, tweeting: “Leave to Samarkand, Uzbekistan to attend the SCO summit, which will exchange views on a wide range of regional and global issues.”

  8. In his statement ahead of the departure, Prime Minister Modi said he looks forward to exchanging views on current regional and international issues, as well as expanding and further deepening the multifaceted and mutually beneficial cooperation within the group.

  9. The SCO, headquartered in Beijing, is an eight-member economic and security bloc made up of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan.

  10. The first in-person SCO summit since 2019 will be closely watched for the possibility of bilateral meetings on the sidelines with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif as the leaders expected to participate.

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