Erdogan flies in for talks with Putin in Sochi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived on a one-day working visit to Sochi to meet with Vladimir Putin, Anadolu reports.

Erdogan was met at Sochi airport by Deputy Governor of Krasnodar Region Aleksandr Ruppel, Sochi Mayor Alexei Kopaigorodsky, Turkish Ambassador to Moscow Mehmet Samsar and other officials. The Turkish leader is accompanied on the trip by his wife Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar, Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek and other officials.

According to the newspaper, the presidents will discuss the “grain deal,” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as Turkish-Russian relations, including cooperation in energy, trade, economy and tourism. According to TASS, citing a source, the politicians will discuss at the meeting the project to create a gas hub in Turkey and the supply of Russian natural gas to Europe through the country’s territory. Putin and Erdogan are also expected to discuss a possible exchange of captured Ukrainians and Russians, Haber wrote.

Putin and Erdogan last met face-to-face in October at the summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Astana.

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