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Putin, Xi to meet in summit dubbed ‘alternative’ to West

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Putin, Xi to meet in summit dubbed ‘alternative’ to West

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation “includes half the population of our planet” and meeting of leaders of Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Türkiye, Iran and several other countries “offers a real alternative to Western-centric” blocs, says Kremlin.

The SCO — made up of China, Russia, India, Pakistan and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries — was set up in 2001 as a political, economic and security organisation to rival Western institutions.
The SCO — made up of China, Russia, India, Pakistan and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries — was set up in 2001 as a political, economic and security organisation to rival Western institutions.
(AFP)

A regional summit this week where Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet China’s Xi Jinping and other Asian leaders will showcase an “alternative” to the Western world, the Kremlin has said.

Putin and Xi will be joined by the leaders of India, Pakistan, Türkye, Iran and several other countries for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on Thursday and Friday.

“The SCO offers a real alternative to Western-centric organisations,” Kremlin foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

“All members of the SCO stand for a just world order,” he said, describing the summit as taking place “against the background of large-scale geopolitical changes”.

The SCO — made up of China, Russia, India, Pakistan and four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries — was set up in 2001 as a political, economic and security organisation to rival Western institutions.

The meeting will be part of Xi’s first trip abroad since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and comes with relations between Russia and the West shattered by the conflict in Ukraine.

READ MORE: Russia: SCO security bloc should spur Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers


‘Largest organisation in the world’

Putin will hold talks with Xi, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday, Ushakov said, before attending the main session of the summit on Friday.

The SCO, Ushakov said, “is the largest organisation in the world, it includes half the population of our planet”.

On Friday he will also meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  Azerbaijani leader Ilham Aliyev and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 

“The meeting with Xi is of particular importance, major international and regional topics will be discussed,” including the conflict in Ukraine and growing Russia-China economic ties, Ushakov said.
Source: AFP

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