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Putin Arrives In Ufa To Host Summits Of BRICS, SCO

Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 8 arrived in Ufa, the capital of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, to host summits of the BRICS group and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Putin’s schedule on July 8 includes bilateral meetings with foreign leaders -- including the presidents of China, Belarus, India, Tajikistan, and South Africa.

On July 9, Putin is scheduled to meet with other heads of state from the BRICS group, which is comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Later on July 9, Putin plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rohani for talks on Iran’s nuclear program as well as a proposal to boost cooperation in trade and military technology.

He also is scheduled to meet for trilateral talks with the leaders of China and Mongolia.

The agenda of the SCO summit on July 10 includes the start of procedures for India and Pakistan to join the group.

After the SCO summit, Putin is scheduled to meet separately on July 10 with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS

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