Russia’s Putin to make first international journeys since launching Ukraine battle

LONDON: Vladimir Putin will go to two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state tv reported on Sunday, in what can be the Russian chief’s first recognized journey overseas since ordering the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s February 24 invasion has killed 1000’s of individuals, displaced tens of millions extra and led to extreme monetary sanctions from the West, which Putin says are a cause to construct stronger commerce ties with different powers equivalent to China, India, and Iran.

Pavel Zarubin, the Kremlin correspondent of the Rossiya 1 state tv station, mentioned Putin would go to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan after which meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for talks in Moscow.

In Dushanbe, Putin will meet Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, an in depth Russian ally and the longest-serving ruler of a former Soviet state. In Ashgabat, he’ll attend a summit of Caspian nations together with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan, Zarubin mentioned.

Putin additionally plans to go to the Belarus metropolis of Grodno on June 30 and July 1 to participate in a discussion board with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, RIA information company citedValentina Matviyenko, the speaker of Russia’s higher chamber of parliament, as telling Belarus tv on Sunday.

Putin’s final recognized journey exterior Russia was a go to to the Beijing in early February, the place he and Chinese language President Xi Jinping unveiled a “no limits” friendship treaty hours earlier than each attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Video games.

Russia says it despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24 to degrade its neighbour’s army capabilities, maintain it from being utilized by the West to threaten Russia, root out nationalists and defend Russian-speakers in japanese areas.

Ukraine calls the invasion an imperial-style land seize.

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