In Samarkand, on the sidelines of the SCO summit, Vladimir Putin, in particular, will meet with the leaders of Turkey and Azerbaijan. With Recep Erdogan, he will discuss the “grain deal”, and with Ilham Aliyev – the aggravation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan .png 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

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As part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a series of bilateral meetings with heads of state— members of the SCO, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

On September 15, Putin will meet with the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran, Sadyr Japarov, Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Ebrahim Raisi, as well as Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. After these meetings, the Russian leader will go to talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Then there will be a trilateral summit Russia— Mongolia— China with the participation of the heads of state.

Peskov called relations between Moscow and Beijing multifactorial and branched, and noted that there are no obstacles to deepening them.

The members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan and China. Belarus, Iran, Mongolia and Afghanistan have the status of observer states.

The next day, Putin will hold talks on the sidelines of the summit with the presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

With the latter, the Russian president will discuss the implementation of the “grain deal”, under which grain is exported from Ukrainian ports. Leaders will appreciate the effectiveness of this process. Earlier, Putin said that food from Ukraine is delivered to rich countries, and not to needy states. Erdogan agreed with this statement.

As for the situation around Ukraine, this topic, according to Peskov, is being discussed on the sidelines of the summit. Commenting on the situation with the issuance of EU visas to Russians, which became more complicated after the suspension of the agreement on simplified issuance of documents, the presidential spokesman said: “We need to act in our interests.”

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On the agenda of the meeting with Aliyev is the escalation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Peskov said, noting that the day before there was a “quite a long conversation” President on this issue with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

The aggravation of the conflict between Baku and Yerevan took place on the night of September 12-13. Then Armenia accused Azerbaijan of shelling the southeastern border, Baku, in turn, stated that the Armenians at night mined the supply lines of the Azerbaijani army and were also shelling. For the first time since the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in the fall of 2020, shelling was reported outside the territory of the unrecognized republic. Both sides reported the dead: Armenia— about 105, Azerbaijan— about 50 citizens.

On the morning of September 13, Baku and Yerevan, through the mediation of Moscow, agreed on a ceasefire, but the shootings did not stop and both sides accused each other of breaking the truce. Armenia turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help in resolving the conflict. The forward group of the mission of the organization will go there on September 15, Secretary General Stanislav Zas— next week, the CSTO press service reported. The organization includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

By the evening of September 14, the parties managed to reach an agreement on a ceasefire. Pashinyan, during his speech in parliament, also stated that he was ready to make difficult decisions for the sake of peace, but he did not sign any documents. Nevertheless, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan closer to the night. On the morning of September 15, Armenia reported a night without incident on the border with Azerbaijan.

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Vladimir Putin

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