Irkutsk
Ulan-Ude

Blagoveshchensk
Chita
Yakutsk

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Vladivostok
Khabarovsk

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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

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Petropavlovsk-
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Moscow

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Astana, where he will take part in the summit of the prime ministers of the SCO countries

13 December, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Astana, where he will attend the summit of the SCO premiers, which will be held this time in Kazakhstan.

In Alma-Ata, Medvedev will meet with Nursultan Nazarbayev. At the talks, the sides will touch upon issues of Eurasian integration and economic cooperation. In addition, there is a discussion of Kazakhstan's preparations for the 2022 Olympiad, the government's press service reported.

It is expected that at the SCO meeting there will be a discussion of new opportunities for strengthening the economic cooperation of the countries that are members of this organization. Following the meeting, it is planned to adopt a communiqué and a number of decisions, including the coordination of the SCO budget for 2015 and the expansion of cooperation in the sphere of customs regulation.

  We recall earlier in the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the entry into the SCO of a number of countries.

 For reference: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) may soon expand: by the end of the year it may include Pakistan, Iran and India, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier reported.

  Leaders of SCO member countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), as well as representatives of observer states, other international organizations and guests will arrive at the summit. Immediately after its completion, the Russian chairmanship in the organization started.

  The minister stressed that during its chairmanship, Russia will work to increase the effectiveness of the organization, as well as to unite efforts to "adequately respond to events." So, work will be done to establish ties with international organizations such as the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as the Eurasian Economic Union.

  In addition, Lavrov noted that the key issue to be solved by the SCO is the organization of close cooperation to ensure security in the region. In particular, besides the joint struggle against terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will work on security in the sphere of economy, energy and finance.

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