Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan summed up the results of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi. The Turkish President praised the meeting and said that the talks were fruitful.
Meeting in Sochi. The leaders of the two countries met for the first time in 18 months. The talks took place against the backdrop of another crisis in northern Syria and lasted for about three hours. Erdogan arrived at the meeting with Khakan Fidan, head of the Turkish intelligence service. The Turkish president’s delegation also included Farhat Elton, head of the Erdogan administration’s communications office, and Ibrahim Kalin, a press secretary.
In turn Vladimir Putin actually came out of solitary confinement for two weeks to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan.… Before that, almost all meetings of the Russian president took place via video connection.
During the talks, Erdogan called Russian-Turkish relations the main guarantor of peace in Syria and security in the entire Middle East. He also noted the importance of co-operation in improving the defense capabilities of the two countries.
After the meeting of the two presidents, it was informed that The Turkish army left the southern part of Idlib. And retreated to the north. It was also noted that during Erdogan’s visit to Russia, Russian aerospace aviation observed a day of silence in Idlib, almost two weeks after the bombing of pro-Turkish militants.
The Turkish president also noted that Russia and Turkey continued to build it. Aquio nuclear plant., Whose first block is expected to be operational next year. The site employs 13,000 people, including 10,000 Turkish citizens who studied in Russia and 3,000 Russians.
During the meeting, Putin and Erdogan discussed issues of economic cooperation between Ankara and Moscow, as well as the crises in Libya, Afghanistan and the Caucasus. Putin reviewed Turkey’s influence on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. In his opinion, the Russian-Turkish center is actively working to control the ceasefire on the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan also thanked Putin for Turkey’s help in controlling the forest fires and expressed condolences over the tragic deaths of Russian Emercom employees who took part in the firefighting operation. “Only a good friend comes on a dark day,” Erdogan said.