Weekend Reads: Putin and Erdogan agree on closer cooperation in economics and energy

Turkish President Erdogan travels to Putin after Sochi

 Turkish President Erdogan travels to Putin after Sochi The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Russia on Friday for a conversation with Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin. Putin welcomes Erdogan in Sochi on the Black Sea. It is the second meeting of the two heads of state since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in February. Erdogan has offered several times as an intermediary between Moscow and Kyiv.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed on increased cooperation in business and energy, among other things. At their meeting in Sochi on the Black Sea, according to Kremlin, the heads of state agreed "despite the current regional and global challenges" an expansion of relationships between the two countries.

Der russische Präsident Wladimir Putin und der türkische Staatschef Recep Tayyip Erdogan haben sich nach Angaben des Kremls auf eine verstärkte Zusammenarbeit unter anderem bei bei Wirtschaft und Energie geeinigt. © Murat Kula The Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed with increased cooperation in economics and energy, among other things.

therefore agreed on "concrete measures" to strengthen cooperation in the areas of transport, agriculture, industry, finance and tourism. At the political level, Erdogan and Putin emphasized the importance of "sincere, open and trusting relationships between Russia and Turkey for regional and international stability," said the Kremlin explanation.

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At the start of the meeting in Sochi, the Kremlin chief thanked the Turkish president for his role as an intermediary at the grain agreement between Russia and Ukraine. "Thanks to their direct participation and mediation by the UN Secretariat, the problem (...) of the Ukrainian grain deliveries from the Black Sea ports could be solved. The deliveries have already started, for which I would like to thank them," said Putin.

He also praised Ankara's role in the transport of Russian gas to Europe through the Turkstream pipeline. The European countries should "be grateful to Turkey because they guarantee the continuous transport of Russian gas," said Putin.

The deputy Russian Prime Minister Alexander Nowak welcomed a "new stage and new possibilities" in "practically all areas" in local media.

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Erdogan had said before the meeting that this would "open a completely new side in the Turkish-Russian relationships".

NATO member Turkey has remained largely neutral in view of the war in Ukraine, Erdogan has offered several times as an intermediary between Moscow and Kyiv. Turkey was a host of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.

It is the second meeting of the two heads of state since the beginning of the Russian war of attack against Ukraine in February. Erdogan and Putin had last met in Tehran in mid -July. Three days later, Moscow, Kyiv, Ankara and the UN signed an agreement to enable Ukrainian cereal exports over the Black Sea again.

Last Monday, a first ship loaded with corn ran out of the port of Odessa. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, three other ships with grain from Ukraine started on Friday.

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