Putin to attend regional security meeting in Tajikistan
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will on Thursday attend a meeting of a regional security organization in the capital of Tajikistan, RIA Novosti reported.
The city of Dushanbe will host a meeting of prime ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to discuss enhancing economic and humanitarian cooperation within the organization and its 2011 budget.
Established in 2001 as a non-military alliance, the regional mutual security group SCO was initially aimed at dealing with Islamic extremism and other security threats in Central Asia.
However, it has since expanded its scope to include cooperation in disaster relief and trade.
The SCO consists of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.