Putin to make first foreign trip since February — Analysis

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and other countries next week. It will be his first trip abroad since the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

Putin will meet with Emomali Rahomon, President of Tajikistan. The Rossiya 1 channel reports that negotiations have already begun and they will be having a meal together.

Putin and Rahmon had already met when Rahmon was invited to the Victory Day parade at Moscow in May 9, where the Tajik leader became Russia’s only foreign head.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will next travel to Turkmenistan (Central Asia), where the VI Caspian Summit has been scheduled for June 29.

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The event in the capital city of Ashkhabad will bring together the leaders of the countries with access to the Caspian Sea – Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

This will be Putin’s first foreign trip since his visit to China in early February for the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Russian officials found it difficult to travel abroad after the opening of the military intervention in Ukraine. The sanctions imposed on the country, as well its citizens, have been a problem.

An diplomatic scandal broke earlier in the month when Montenegro, North Macedonia and Bulgaria closed their airspace to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s plane, forcing him cancel his planned trip to Serbia.

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