Russia’s President Vladimir Putin might visit his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the end of this month, Turkish media reported Monday, as Ankara seeks to revive the Black Sea grain deal.
Erdoğan’s Cabinet will meet Monday to talk about “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s doable visit to Turkey at the end of this month,” pro-government each day Hürriyet reported.
During Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to Istanbul final month, the Turkish president announced Putin would journey to Turkey in August to talk about extending the deal that allowed Ukraine to proceed to export its agricultural items via the Black Sea after the full-scale Russian invasion.
Bu the settlement, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey within the wake of final yr’s invasion, ended final month after Russia unilaterally withdrew from the deal.
Erdoğan has performed a strategic balancing act over the course of Russia’s battle. While broadly condemning the illegality of Putin’s invasion and promoting Turkish-made drones to Ukrainian forces, Ankara has additionally emerged as a key route for sanctions avoidance and is eager not to alienate Moscow as a result of of its heavy energy dependence on Russia.