Erdogan to meet Putin in Sochi on August 5

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) shaking hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting as part of the Astana Trilateral Summit at the Tehran International Conference Hall in Tehran on July 19, 2022. (Photo: Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP)

ANKARA — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 5, the Turkish presidency said.اضافة اعلان

The two leaders held their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the sidelines of a Syria summit in Tehran on July 19.

Erdogan has tried to thrust Turkey — on good terms with both Moscow and Kyiv — into the center of diplomatic efforts to try and halt the five-month war.

Turkey worked with the UN to get the warring sides to sign a deal in Istanbul last week aimed at resuming grain shipments across the Black Sea.

Russia in turn has been concerned by Erdogan’s threats to launch a new military incursion into northern Syria.

Russia and Iran have supported the Syrian government in the decade-long conflict while Turkey has backed various rebel groups.

Both Putin and Iranian leaders urged Erdogan against launching a new Syrian offensive last week.

Analysts believe that Turkey would prefer to get Russia and Iran’s approval before starting a new campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Syria that Ankara views as “terrorists”.

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