President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flies to Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flies to Russia

 According to the Turkish presidency, the two leaders will hold face-to-face meetings and lead talks between delegations in the Russian coastal city of Sochi during Erdogan's one-day working visit. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to Russia on Friday (5/8) to meet with President Vladimir Putin for talks on bilateral relations, and international and regional issues. 

Turkish news agency AA reported on Friday (5/8). The two leaders will also evaluate the bilateral relations between the two countries, especially focusing on the economy, trade and energy which are the strengths of Turkey-Russia relations. The Syrian crisis and the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, now in its sixth month, will be discussed at the Sochi meeting. They will exchange views on potential steps to enhance bilateral cooperation as well. 

Erdogan and Putin will meet in person for the second time in 17 days following a meeting in the Iranian capital, Tehran in July where the leaders held a trilateral meeting with their Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi at the Syria summit. Thanks to Turkey's diplomatic efforts to unblock Ukraine's grain exports, the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni, the first grain ship out of Ukraine since the war began in February, left the port of Odesa on Monday. The ship with more than 26,500 tonnes of corn passed through the Bosphorus after obtaining security clearance in Istanbul on Wednesday en route to Lebanon. 

Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine signed a historic deal on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports - Odesa, Chornomorsk and Yuzhny - to Ukrainian grain exports that had been stalled for months by the Russo-Ukrainian war. Three more ships carrying grain and groceries on Friday left Ukrainian ports with more than 58,000 tonnes of corn under the deal.

The Panamanian-flagged Navistar departed from the port of Odesa for Ireland with 33,000 tonnes of wheat, the Maltese-flagged Rojen left the port of Chornomorsk with 13,000 tonnes of grain bound for England, and the Turkish-flagged Polarnet left the port of Chornomorsk with 12,000 tonnes of corn destined for Turkey.

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