Russia to assist SCO expansion, says Putin

It is hoped that during Russia's chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) the process of its expansion will get real outlines, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an expanded meeting of SCO leaders.

It is hoped that during Russia's chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) the process of its expansion will get real outlines, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an expanded meeting of SCO leaders.

"While entering the chairmanship of acting chairperson, we expect that in the coming year the process of the SCO expansion will get real outlines. We will assist this in every way," Putin said.

Russia plans to hold about 100 events of different level during its chairmanship and "the summit of leaders of the SCO participating states in Ufa on July 9-10, 2015 will be a key one of them," the Russian president said.

"The priorities of our chairmanship include enhancing the role of the organization as an efficient mechanism of regional security, launching major multi-lateral and humanitarian ties and developing joint approaches to pressing and global issues," Putin said.

According to the Russian president, during the chairmanship Russia will prepare a SCO development strategy until 2025 for the next summit.

"We attach special importance to joint celebration in 2015 of the 70th anniversary of victory in the World War II. We consider it to be important to establish ties between the SCO and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and to expand cooperation with other international organizations, firstly the UN," Putin said.

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