Putin-Xi meeting in Uzbekistan next week

The Russian diplomacy announced on Wednesday that the Russian and Chinese presidents will meet on September 15-16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on the occasion of a regional summit, which is Xi Jinping’s first overseas trip since the beginning of the epidemic.

“In less than ten days, a new meeting of our leaders (Vladimir Putin and Xi) will take place at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit,” Russian agencies quoted Russian Ambassador to Beijing Andrei Denisov as saying. RIA Novosti and TASS.

This organization, which was built as a counterweight to Western influence, brings together China, Russia, four Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan) as well as India and Pakistan.

“This summit promises to be interesting, because it will be the first real summit (face to face, editor’s note) since the pandemic,” the Russian diplomat noted.

Beijing has not yet announced the trip of the Chinese president, who has not left his country since 2020 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

millimeter. Xi and Putin met each other in early February 2022 in China, a few weeks before the Russian attack on Ukraine. Moscow and Beijing then signed a joint statement calling for a “new era” in international relations as well as an end to American hegemony and denouncing the role of Western military alliances, NATO and OCOs (Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States).

Since the Russian attack, Beijing has shown its support for Russia, which has been hit on all sides by Western sanctions. Moscow, which is looking for support, outlets and suppliers, says it is turning to Asia.

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Thus, President Putin on Wednesday hailed the “increasing role” of the Asia-Pacific region in global affairs in the face of a declining West. He considered it “impossible” to isolate Russia.

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