Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Sochi in Russia where he was invited for a meeting by Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. At the center of the talks was the Syria – where Ankara supports the opposition to President Bashar al Assad while Moscow supports the Damascus regime – in relation to the announced Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces believed to be terrorists in the north of the country which has not yet been given the green light by Putin.
In addition to bilateral relations, Erdogan and Putin they will also discuss the war in Ukrainewhere Ankara has so far managed to mediate between Moscow and Kiev, recently managing to help unblock the export of Ukrainian cereals through safe corridors in the Black Sea which in recent days have begun to be used.
Putin personally thanked Erdogan for the grain export agreementsunderlining that they do not only concern Ukraine, but also “the export of Russian food and fertilizers”, as reported by Tass.
Europe should be grateful to Turkey to be able to buy gas from Russia through the Turkish Stream pipeline, Putin said.
During the meeting, Putin announced that he plans to sign a memorandum for the development of commercial and economic links between Moscow and Ankara. This was reported by the Russian state news agency Tass. “As agreed, I hope that today we will be able to sign a memorandum on the development of our trade and economic ties, taking into account the agreements reached by our delegation while working in Turkey,” Putin said according to Tass.
For its part, Turkey stressed the importance of completing the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, location in southern Turkey. the plant is a project carried out in collaboration with Moscow and has been under construction since the end of 2017. Officially, the first unit of the plant is expected to be completed by 2023.
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