Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria, Ukraine and other regional issues.
Putin welcomed Erdogan to the coastal city of Sochi, and thanked Erdogan for his contributions to the shipment of Ukrainian grains from the Black Sea port.
On July 22 Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and UN signed a deal on resumption of Ukrainian grain to the world market, which had been stuck in three Ukrainian ports for months due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Russia and Ukraine are considered world’s largest exporters of grain and the deal somehow ended a quarrel that had threatened a global food crisis. Three more ships carrying 58,041 tonnes of corn departed Ukrainian Black Sea ports today morning and are on their way to the UK, Ireland and Turkey.
Addressing reporters before their closed one-on-one meeting, Putin and Erdogan said that they would discuss a number of issues. Putin said that the Syria issue will be the main topic and claimed that Russia and Turkey had significantly contributed to the normalization of the situation in Syria.
“Today’s bilateral meeting in Sochi is of great importance in terms of demonstrating the role Turkey and Russia play in the region,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan also underlined the importance of stronger steps between Ankara and Moscow in the fight against terrorism. The two presidents also discuss enhancing bilateral ties between the two states, mainly in areas of economy, trade and energy sectors.
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