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RIGA, Latvia — Russian President Vladimir Putin flew Wednesday to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, on his first foreign trip since his forces invaded Ukraine, in an effort to shore up support among Central Asian states that are seen by the Kremlin as a key sphere of influence.

He met other leaders of countries bordering the Caspian Sea — Azerbaijan, Iran and Kazakhstan — on a trip designed to send a message of Russia’s influence in a region rich in oil and natural gas.