Turkish President arrives in Sochi for meeting with Vladimir Putin | News


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in the Russian coastal city of Sochi on Friday for a one-day working visit to talk with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.


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According to the Turkish Presidency, Erdogan and Putin will discuss regional and international issues, as well as Türkiye-Russia relations.

Issues such as the Syria crisis and the conflict in Ukraine, now in its sixth month, are expected to be addressed, while Türkiye’s diplomatic efforts to unblock Ukraine’s grain exports will also be on the agenda.

Türkiye, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports (Odessa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny) for the export of grain from Ukraine that has been stalled for months due to the outbreak of the military conflict.

Three more ships carrying grain and food left Ukrainian ports on Friday, carrying more than 58,000 tons of corn under the deal.

Erdogan and Putin will meet in person for the second time in 17 days after their July meeting in Iran’s capital Tehran, where the two had a trilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi, during the Astana-format talks on Syria.

Türkiye is an active member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but at the same time has refused to join the coercive measures against Moscow and maintains a fluid dialogue with Russia.

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