Putin visits Uzbekistan to boost bilateral ties amid global scrutiny

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin arrived in Uzbekistan on May 26 for a series of talks with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, focusing on enhancing bilateral relations, according to the Associated Press.

The two leaders have already engaged in preliminary discussions, with a formal meeting scheduled for May 27. During these initial talks, they covered a variety of topics related to bilateral cooperation, including trade and economic relations, the Kremlin announced before the trip.

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This trip to Uzbekistan is Putin's third international visit since the start of his fifth term in May. Previously, he traveled to China for talks with President Xi Jinping about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and visited Belarus, where Russia has stationed tactical nuclear weapons.

Putin's foreign visits after international arrest warrant

Putin planned to visit Turkey before he visited China, but his trip to Turkey was postponed to a "later date" at the beginning of February.

This visit could be Putin's next foreign visit since the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest in March 2023 on charges of war crimes - the illegal deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia.

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Putin has managed to visit six countries after the arrest warrant was issued: Kyrgyzstan, China, Kazakhstan, Belarus, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.

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The Russian dictator can be arrested and transferred to the ICC in any of the 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.

None of the countries he has visited has ratified the treaty - and neither has Turkey.

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Putin's July 2023 visit to South Africa, a member country of the Rome Statute, was canceled.

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