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Xi and Putin Set Out Ambitions for Eurasian Security Club

Xi and Putin Set Out Ambitions for Eurasian Security Club

On July 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized the importance of resisting external interference during a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security group originally formed in 2001 by China, Russia, and Central Asian nations. The SCO has since expanded to include India, Iran, and Pakistan, broadening its influence as a counterbalance to Western powers.

Speaking in Astana, Xi Jinping, as reported by Chinese state television CCTV, stressed the need to protect developmental rights amidst challenges such as isolationism and protectionism. He urged SCO members to manage internal differences peacefully, seek common ground, and overcome cooperation challenges.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin, also attending the SCO summit, planned to discuss his proposal for a new Eurasian security framework. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by RIA news agency, indicated that Putin’s vision involves creating a series of collective security agreements across Eurasia. Putin’s proposal advocates for openness to all countries on the continent, including NATO members, with the ultimate goal of reducing foreign military presence, particularly from the United States, in Eurasia.

Putin’s call for a new regional security system aligns with his previous statements in June, emphasizing the gradual removal of external military forces from Eurasia while fostering a cooperative security environment among regional nations.

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