Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Kyrgyzstan on Thursday morning, where he will meet with several allies. This is Putin’s first trip abroad since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him in March.
Putin is scheduled to meet the presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan on Thursday. Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia and borders Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, and Tajikistan.
Putin is scheduled to participate on Friday in a summit of the former Soviet Union. His most important ally, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, is also attending.
Other participants in the summit include the presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. These countries are more critical of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian President had previously refrained from participating in several international conferences due to the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court. One of those meetings was held in South Africa in August. If Putin had left, that country would have arrested him. This is because South Africa is a member of the International Criminal Court.
Putin does not face the risk of arrest in Kyrgyzstan because the country is not a member of the court. The same applies to the United States, China, India, Russia, etc.
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