The meeting will take place in the near future, the Kremlin said after a telephone conversation between Putin and Erdogan. In June, Peskov reported on the preparations for the Russian President's trip to Turkey =”The Kremlin has announced a Russian-Turkish summit meeting” />
In the near future, Russia and Turkey will hold a summit meeting, the Kremlin said in a statement following a telephone conversation between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Before the meeting, the heads of state discussed “a set of issues of mutual interest.” First of all, it was about economic cooperation, the growth of trade volumes and the use of national currencies in the calculations. They also talked about the continuation of Russian energy supplies.
In addition, Putin and Erdogan discussed the situation around Ukraine “in the context of coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea” and grain supplies and settlement in Syria.
According to the Turkish side, Erdogan said at the talks that “the time has come to take action.” to create safe corridors for the export of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. He called for an end to hostilities in Ukraine through negotiations and reaffirmed Ankara's readiness to facilitate the resumption of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv. The Erdogan administration did not mention the upcoming meeting with the Russian side.
Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Erdogan and Putin have spoken on the phone several times. The Turkish president noted that he constantly maintains contacts with Putin as part of steps “that will pave the way for a lasting peace,” and also maintains a dialogue with Kyiv. He has repeatedly suggested holding a bilateral meeting between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey.
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According to the Kremlin website, the last face-to-face meeting between Putin and Erdogan took place in September 2021, when the Turkish president came to Sochi. On May 17, the publications Star and Yeni Şafak reported on a possible visit by Putin to Turkey in the near future. On June 1, the Kremlin confirmed that preparations for the trip were underway, and its dates were being agreed upon.
Putin's first trip abroad since the start of the military operation was the participation in the Caspian summit in Ashgabat at the end of June. Then he met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe.
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