Putin arrives in Astana for SCO summit

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the Kazakh capital, to participate in the two-day summit of heads of member States of the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO). On Thursday, June 8, reported on the official Kremlin website.

On the agenda of the forum — current issues of the SCO activity and the decision to grant India and Pakistan full-fledged members of the organization, the report says.

In addition, issues of regional security.

On the eve of the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that an important topic of discussion will be the situation in Afghanistan. Russia sees a trend towards consolidation in this country the positions of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIL, ISIS, prohibited in the Russian Federation), said Ushakov.

The SCO summit will be held in Astana on 8-9 of June. On Thursday scheduled a concert on the occasion of the meeting and the reception. Before the commemoration, Putin plans to meet with Chinese President XI Jinping.

The SCO is an international organization founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. In June 2016 at the summit in Uzbekistan signed a Memorandum on the membership of India and Pakistan. At the end of this meeting it is planned to sign 11 documents, including the Declaration on joint fight against terrorism.

The chairmanship of the organization in 2018 will pass from Kazakhstan to China.