Putin calls for bigger SCO role to settle international disputes

Russian President Vladimir Putin has on Sunday urged the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to play a more prominent role in the diplomatic settlement of conflicts and issues especially those involving the borders of SCO member states.

He made the remarks at the 18th SCO summit in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

Putin highlighted the international anti-terror effort in Syria. He said great achievements had been made in Syria because of consistent efforts by Russian and Syrian governments as well as Kazakhstan, and now the Syrian government controls the territory with 90 percent of its population.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 18th SCO summit in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, June 10, 2018. /CGTN Screengrab

He also called on more diplomatic efforts to settle the Korean Peninsula issue, as it has a significant impact on the security situation on the SCO space.

He expressed his belief that Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington are willing to achieve a comprehensive settlement through dialogue in accordance with a route map proposed by Russia and China.

The Russian leader also echoed the anti-terrorism calls made by other member states. He said combating terrorism remains a priority for cooperation within the SCO framework.