(PresidentialInsider.com)- On August 5, Putin is scheduled to meet with Erdogan of Turkey in Sochi.
The Interfax news agency reported Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet on August 5 in the resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea.
According to the agency, the two leaders will discuss issues affecting the area and bilateral relations. The agreements reached by Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul last week to allow a restart of Ukrainian grain shipments across the Black Sea were facilitated mainly by Erdogan, who played a pivotal role in the process.
Istanbul guaranteed the safe passage of commercial ships, leaving the Ukrainian ports of Odesa and two other ports currently cut off by a Russian naval blockade.
The negotiations for this agreement were mediated by the United Nations and assisted by Turkey. A parallel deal is anticipated to make it easier for Russia to export grain and fertilizer.
According to the wording of the agreement that was posted on the Facebook page of Andrii Sabiha, the deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the grain deal will remain in effect for a period of one hundred and twenty days, and it will be possible to be extended.
Erdogan has made steps to position Turkey — which enjoys positive relations with both Moscow and Kyiv — at the heart of diplomatic efforts to end the five-month conflict in Ukraine.
In Istanbul, Turkey, with the help of the United Nations, Turkey was successful in getting the warring factions to reach an agreement last week that would allow grain exports to resume over the Black Sea.
The threats that Erdogan has made to conduct a new military intervention into northern Syria have, in turn, caused Russia to express worry.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Leaders strongly discouraged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from beginning a military attack in Syria.
According to the opinions of several analysts, Turkey would instead acquire the go-ahead from Russia and Iran before beginning a new assault against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, whom Ankara considers being “terrorists.”
The particular goals of the meeting have not been specified; nonetheless, it has been decided that the visit will only last for one day.