SCO summit in Tashkent: What is Vladimir Putin's agenda?

SCO summit in Tashkent: What is Vladimir Putin's agenda?
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On the 23rd of June, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to take part in a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). After that, on Saturday, the President will head to China.

In the coming 3 days Head of the Russian Federation will hold meetings with a number of foreign leaders. Over the course of the meetings, Vladimir Putin will discuss trade and economic international cooperation, interaction in humanitarian area, as well as the situation in the world, in Syria and Afghanistan in particular.

According to Russian President’s aide Yuri Ushakov, within the framework of SCO summit in Tashkent, the meeting between Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping is scheduled. Besides that, a trilateral meeting is to be held with President of Mongolia Tsakhia Elbegdorj. The parties will discuss further development of relations between three countries and sign corresponding agreements. Among these documents there will be a program envisaging the creation of a Russia-China-Mongolia economic corridor, which includes about 30 projects.

Heads of the states will also agree an intergovernmental deal on international shipments along the Asian motor roads network and a document on mutual recognition of customs control regarding certain products.

On Friday, Vladimir Putin will meet President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. Moreover, Russian President plans to hold a meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to discuss a wide range of issues, in particular cooperation in the energy sector. According to the Kremlin source, this is considered to be an important meeting in the threshold of the bilateral summit with the Indian party scheduled for October.

Following the summit, a Tashkent declaration is to be adopted. The leaders of the states will also sign a plan of actions for 2016-2020 and other agreements. As Yuri Ushakov put it, enhancement of the activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and cooperation in counterterrorism, economic and humanitarian fields are on the agenda.

The parties will raise issues of Eurasia’s integration, in particular, the Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road.