Putin Engages Caspian Sea and Central Asian Nations

Putin will make his first foreign visit this week since Russia invaded Ukraine in February to two Central Asian nations of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Putin has been looking for stronger ties with other regional powers including Iran, India and China as Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine prompted severe financial sanctions from the West.

Putin will also meet Indonesian President Widodo in Moscow after visiting Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

In Dushanbe, Putin will meet Tajik President Rakhmon, a close Russian ally and the longest-serving ruler of a former Soviet state. In Ashgabat, he will attend a summit of Caspian nations including the leaders of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan.

Putin’s plans also include a visit to Belarus on June 30 and July 1 to take part in a forum with Belarusian President Lukashenko.

Putin’s last foreign visit was a meeting with Chinese President Xi in Beijing, where the two leaders announced a “no limits” treaty.

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