Isolation complication? US finds it's hard to shun Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration likes to say Russia has become isolated internationally because of its invasion of Ukraine. Yet Moscow's top officials have hardly been cloistered in the Kremlin. And now, even the U.S. wants to talk. President Vladimir Putin has been meeting with world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a NATO member. Meanwhile, his top diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is jetting around the world, smiling, shaking hands and posing for photos with foreign leaders — including some friends of the U.S. And on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he wants to end months of top-level U.S.
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"I think our European partners should be grateful to Turkey for the fact that it ensures the uninterrupted transit of our gas Towards the European market, ”said Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia, this Friday, August 5.
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The Pique de Russian launched to Europe allows him to evoke European sanctions in the midst of war in Ukraine. For Vladimir Putin, the most important road for Russian gas to Europe is now going through Turkey.
The meeting with Erdogan aimed above all to strengthen economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey. The master of the Kremlin thus thanked the Turkish president for his efforts which made it possible to find an agreement between Moscow and Ukraine on the deliveries of Ukrainian cereals from the Ukrainian ports of the Black Sea.
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on the other hand, the Turkish president said he wanted to speak with his Russian counterpart in Syria, where Ankara threatens to launch a military operation against Kurdish groups which he describes as "terrorists", to which Moscow opposes. "We are the next on the list": Georgia, the other Russian Front
"discussing developments in Syria on this occasion will appease the region. Our solidarity in the fight against terrorism is very important, ”said Erdogan.
The Turkish Head of State also said he wanted to make sure that the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant by the Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, in southern Turkey, would respect the "fixed calendar", while A dispute is likely to cause delays in this mega project.
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