Russian president to visit Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan, officials in both countries say.

The Kremlin has confirmed that President Putin is due to visit Kyrgyzstan, but no clear date has been set.

“The state visit to Bishkek is indeed on the [president’s] agenda,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on January 23, adding that the visit was being coordinated via diplomatic channels, Russian media reported.

Earlier on January 23, Daniyar Sydykov, head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Kyrgyz Presidential Administration, said that Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov had invited Putin to visit Kyrgyzstan, adding that the Russian leader could visit Bishkek in late March.

Sydykov said that a bilateral meeting of the presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Russia took place on the sidelines of a regular meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the CIS countries in September 2018 in Tajikistan, during which Jeenbekov officially invited Putin to pay a state visit to Kyrgyzstan, 24.kg news agency reported.

Sydykov also said that an official visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Kyrgyzstan is expected on February 3-4. The main issue on the agenda will be the discussion of the upcoming state visit of Vladimir Putin.

A number of events are planned as part of the state visit. The 21st meeting of the Kyrgyz-Russian Intergovernmental Commission will be held, the 8th Kyrgyz-Russian Interregional Conference with the participation of the business communities of Kyrgyzstan and Russia will take place. Participation of 500 business representatives is expected, Sydykov said.

“For the first time Kyrgyzstan will host the Forum of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions of Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Following the forum, a number of agreements will be signed,” Sydykov added.

Following the results of the state visit, it is expected that 15 cooperation documents in the military, economic and law enforcement spheres, regional and foreign policy cooperation will be signed.

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