The Russian President will visit two former Soviet states in central Asia this week in what would be his first known trip abroad since the Russia-Ukraine war.

Iran PressEurope: Pavel Zarubin, the Kremlin correspondent of the Rossiya 1 state television station, said Vladimir Putin would visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for talks in Moscow.

In Dushanbe, Putin will meet Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon. In Ashgabat, he will attend a summit of Caspian nations, including the leaders of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Turkmenistan, Zarubin said.

Putin's last known trip outside Russia was a visit to Beijing in early February, where he and Chinese President Xi Jinping unveiled a "no limits" friendship treaty hours before both attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the West for not paying attention to Moscow's security concerns and called for the help of Donetsk and Luhansk officials in the Donbas region to order an attack on Ukraine.

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