The bilateral meetings took place as delegates gathered for the summit of a security group formed by Beijing and Moscow as a counterweight to U.S. influence.

(LaPresse) Russian President Vladimir Putin met Thursday in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, with leaders from Central Asia and Iran. The bilateral meetings took place as delegates gathered for the summit of a security group formed by Beijing and Moscow as a counterweight to U.S. influence. Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Turkmen President Serdar Berdymukhamedov, and Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov. This will be followed by the long-awaited summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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