October 7, 2022

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War in Ukraine: Back to the wall, Putin returns empty-handed from Samarkand

At a summit of fifteen “friendly” heads of state in the Uzbek city, the Russian president wanted to show that he was not isolated. But weakened after military defeats in Ukraine and suspicions about its military’s crimes, it has come under diplomatic pressure from its allies and partners.


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has In Samarkand, Vladimir Putin wanted to prove to Americans and Europeans that Russia was not isolated. In the historic city of Uzbekistan in the heart of Central Asia last weekend, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit of 15 heads of state, the Russian president, raised the crowd several times between open hugs and freezes. Between smiles, geopolitics and energy peers. Along with his counterpart and “friend” Xi Jinping, he has presented himself as a counterweight to Western influence. Its energy minister noted the possibility of diverting to China 50 billion m3 of gas initially planned for European markets. Vladimir Putin had a similar conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi CommercialNew Delhi buys weapons, oil and fertilizers from Moscow at low prices.


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