Putin visits Tajikistan on his first trip abroad since the invasion of Ukraine

The Kremlin announced on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tajikistan, the former Soviet republic and ally of Moscow. in Central Asia, on its first overseas trip since the invasion of Ukraine in late February.

“President Putin has in schedule a business visit in Tajikistan tomorrow, “said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. So, on Wednesday, Putin is expected to attend a summit of the countries that ripple the Caspian Sea in Turkmenistan, another former Soviet republic of Central Asia.

Vladimir Putin’s last trip abroad dates back to February 4-5, when he visited China to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping in occasion of the opening of the Winter Olympics. A little over two weeks later, he launched his own attack on Ukraine after months of mounting tensions and despite diplomatic efforts to dissuade Moscow. Since then, Putin hasn’t made more trips abroad, either in Belarus, whose president is its closest ally.