Turkey wants to open ‘new page’ in ties with Russia — Analysis
Recep Tayyip Erdoan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the whole world was following his discussions with Putin.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he expected fruitful talks as he arrived at the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Friday to meet Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin.
“I believe that our negotiations will open a new page in relations between the two countries,” Erdogan said.
“I’m talking about energy cooperation, the export of [Ukrainian] grain via the Black Sea, tourism and regional issues,”He concluded.
Given that Syria’s situation was one of the major topics, it was also slated for the agenda. “the battle against terrorism in the region is important for us,”Turkish president stated.
The issues he’s going to discuss with Putin are of prime importance, and because of this “the whole world today is following the talks in Sochi,” Erdogan insisted.
Russian president thanked Turkish counterpart for his role in the Ankara/UN-brokered agreement to allow Ukrainian grain shipments to resume through Black Sea ports.
In the framework of the deal, signed in Istanbul at the end of July, UN representatives also pledged to remove any barriers to Russian food, grain and fertilizer exports due to international sanctions.
“Those deliveries have already started,”Putin acknowledged, and said that the agreement was “very important”For developing countries, which rely on foreign grains to feed their people.
In addition, the Russian leader stated that he would sign an agreement on trade and economic cooperation between Russia’s and Turkey at his meeting with Erdogan.
Despite being a NATO member, Turkey continued cooperation with Russia after the launch of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine in late February. Ankara rejected Russia’s use force but did not agree to the imposition of international sanctions.
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