Putin To Embark on First Foreign Trip to Central Asian States Since Ukraine Invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he will visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, the two former Soviet states in Central Asia, the first time after he ordered the launch of its so-called military operation in Ukraine in February.

“President Putin will meet with Tajikistan president Emomali Rakhmon on Tuesday and both sides will hold one-on-one meeting,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday.

Without giving further details, Peskov said that President Putin will also pay a visit to Turkmenistan to participate in the Caspian Summit to be held in Ashgabat on June 29.

This is Putin’s first foreign trip and appearance in a multilateral summit this year since his last visit to Beijing in early February before invasion of Ukraine. During his visit, Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

Moscow’s February 24 invasion has killed thousands of people, injured hundreds more as well as million others were displaced and taken refugee aboard.

The international community has strongly condemned Moscow’s invasion, placing severe sanctions to force Moscow withdraw its forces from Ukraine.

Russia claimed it sent troops into Ukraine to degrade its neighbor’s military capabilities that he claimed that were supposed to be used by West against Russia.

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