Pakistan is also likely to be made a member of the group in its meeting in Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said India will become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) within a week. Putin said this as he interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the annual bilateral summit.

Welcoming the Indian Prime Minister, the Russian President said, “The most important thing is the trust and friendship in our relationship between our countries and our people.”

“I am glad to have this opportunity to meet you and discuss the whole spectrum of bilateral relations and international relations,” he told Modi.

He then said India will become a full-fledged member of the SCO within a week. The Russian President drew attention to the fact that the process to get India into the SCO was supported by Russia all through after launching the bid in Ufa in Russia in 2015.

The SCO is a political, economic, and military bloc founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

“Very soon, in one week, we are going to meet in Kazakhstan  (for SCO)” where India’s membership will be confirmed, he told Modi. Pakistan is also being made a member of the SCO.

Reciprocating the warm welcome, Modi said that he was privileged to have been able to visit Putin’s hometown as Prime Minister.

“India, Russia friendship is very old, deep and based on trust. India and Russia have always been together on international issues,” he said.