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Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Kyrgyzstan on Thursday, marking his first known international trip since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for his arrest.
The announcement came from the Kyrgyz presidential office, indicating that Putin’s visit is upon the invitation of Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov.
The ICC warrant in March accused Putin of illicitly deporting numerous children from Ukraine, allegations the Kremlin firmly denies. Despite these allegations and the subsequent arrest warrant, Putin is also expected to attend the third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing the following week. Notably, neither Kyrgyzstan nor China are ICC member states.
While in Kyrgyzstan, Putin will participate in events marking the 20th anniversary of the Kant air base’s inauguration, which houses the Russian Aerospace Forces’ 999th Air Base.