Putin to travel to Middle East

July 18, 2022
Image of a global map on a wooden board.

Its future will have to lie with the global south.

Senior research associate Hanna Notte, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, on Russia and the importance of this week’s trip by President Vladimir Putin to the Middle East.
  • The trip Tuesday will mark the second time Pres. Putin has left Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Pres. Putin will visit Tehran, the capital of Iran, and meet with both Iranian leadership and the president of Turkey.
  • Pres. Putin's visit to the region falls after Pres. Biden traveled to the Middle East last week.
  • Why It Matters: The trip has both economic and political importance as Russia becomes further isolated — impacted by international sanctions and seeking to shore up alliances.

Something To Note: U.S. officials have grown concerned about Russia's actions in Syria near U.S. troops. “Russia’s recent behavior has been provocative and escalatory.” Read more here.

More details on Pres. Putin's trip HERE: Putin Seeks to Cement Ties With Iran, Turkey in Rare Trip Abroad

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