Erdoğan to meet Putin in Sochi on Monday

September 16, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will visit the Black Sea resort of Sochi with a delegation for a one-day working visit on Monday to conduct a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations, economy and energy, as well as regional issues such as Syria, according to a statement released on Sunday by the Turkish presidency’s press center.

An inter-delegation meeting is also expected with the attendance of the two countries’ ministers and officials.

Among the topics expected to be discussed are Turkey-Russia relations, economy and energy issues, as well as regional and international issues, particularly Syria.

The latest developments in Idlib is also among the topics on the agenda.

The Turkish president will be meeting Russia’s Putin face-to-face for a second time in September, after a trilateral summit in Iranian capital Tehran last week.

During the summit, Erdogan called for a cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province of Syria — where the Syrian regime recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive.

The first tripartite summit was held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22 to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in de-escalation zones across Syria.

The second trilateral meeting was hosted by Erdogan in April in the Turkish capital Ankara.

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