Moscow is searching for a deal to strengthen financial cooperation with Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday as he hosted his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan within the southern metropolis of Sochi.
The assembly befell because the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine continued properly into its sixth month.
“I hope that today we can sign a memorandum on strengthening our economic and trade ties,” Putin stated firstly of the assembly with Erdoğan, broadcast on Russian tv.
The Kremlin chief thanked the Turkish president for his efforts to achieve an settlement between Moscow and Kyiv on the supply of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
“Thanks to your direct involvement and the mediation of the UN Secretariat, the problem of Ukrainian grain deliveries from the Black Sea ports has been resolved. Deliveries have already started, and I would like to thank you for that,” he stated.
More than a dozen cargo ships have been nonetheless ready to depart the Ukrainian ports on Friday, and though cautious of any take care of Putin and the Kremlin, the Kyiv authorities have been calling for the deal to be prolonged to different commodities, similar to metals.
Russia focused the port metropolis of Odesa and different coastal areas of Ukraine sooner or later after the UN- and Turkey-mediated grain exports deal between the 2 belligerents in Istanbul on 22 July, fueling fears that Moscow may additional goal the cargo ships on their approach out of the Black Sea.
Putin additionally highlighted Ankara’s function within the transit of Russian gasoline to Europe by way of the TurkStream pipeline. “European partners should be grateful to Turkey because it ensures the uninterrupted transit of Russian gas,” Putin stated.
For his half, Erdoğan stated he hoped his assembly with Putin would “open a very different page in Russian-Turkish relations”, including that delegations from each nations had held “very productive” talks, together with on commerce and tourism.
The Turkish president additionally stated he needed to speak to his Russian counterpart about Syria, the place Ankara is threatening to launch a army operation in opposition to Kurdish teams it calls “terrorists”, which Moscow opposes.
“Discussing developments in Syria on this occasion will help calm the region. Our solidarity in the fight against terrorism is very important,” Erdoğan stated.
The Turkish head of state additionally stated he needed to make sure that the development of the Akkuyu nuclear energy plant by Russian nuclear big Rosatom in southern Turkey would respect the “fixed timetable,” whereas a dispute dangers inflicting delays on this mega-project.