The member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are friends not against someone, but in the name of high ideals and common benefit. This statement was made on September 18 by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on TV channel “Russia 1”.
“No, it’s not about being friends against someone. It’s about being friends in the name of some higher ideals and for the benefit of the peoples of the countries that participate in the SCO,” Peskov said, answering a question from journalist Pavel Zarubin whether the SCO can be called a counterbalance to the G7 (G7) as they think in the West.
On September 17, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would seek to join the SCO. He noted that the country aims to join the organization in 2023 at a summit that India is already organizing.
The day before, on September 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the Council of Heads of State – members of the SCO, expressed support for the entry into the organization of Iran and Belarus. He stressed that all applications for cooperation of certain countries with the organization deserve favorable consideration.
The President of Russia also said that the SCO is the world’s largest regional organization, which is increasing its role in solving international and regional problems. He specified that more than half of the world’s population lives in the SCO member countries, and a powerful intellectual and technological potential is concentrated.
On the same day, the leaders of the SCO countries, following the results of meetings in a narrow and expanded format at the summit, signed the Samarkand Declaration.
The SCO summit was held on 15 and 16 September in Uzbekistan. It was attended by 15 heads of state. This is the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the SCO member states since the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.