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Erdogan and Putin meet in Sochi for the first time in a month

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. A just-agreed deal to release Ukrainian grain will be on the agenda, along with Russia's backing for renewed Turkish offensives against Kurdish forces in Syria.

Friday's meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will take place at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, his second meeting in a month.

The meeting came shortly after the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain left the Black Sea under a Turkish-UN brokered deal between Kyiv and Moscow.

Analyst Ilhan Uzgel of the Duvar news portal said Erdogan's successful brokerage of the UN agreement and the Sochi conference sent a powerful message about the Turkish leader to Turkey's western allies. Stated.

“It will help improve his troublemaker image both internationally and regionally. We are trying to show the administration that we can do business with Putin. He can meet with Putin twice a month," he said.

Zaur Gasimov, professor of history at the University of Bonn and an expert on Turkish-Russian relations, said that Turkey's pursuit of a balanced approach to the conflict in Ukraine led to the He said the deal would further deepen relations between Russia and Turkey.

“Current Turkish-Russian relations have clear ties to the current war in Ukraine. Also, the close military cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey and the aspect of Turkey's non-participation in anti-Russian sanctions create important dynamics for Moscow and Turkey," he said. rice field.

Relations between Turkey and Russia are entwined with a mixture of conflict and cooperation, from North Africa to the Middle East to the Caucasus. The two sides are also deepening their partnership in the energy sector.

Analyst Uzger said Erdogan hoped the Sochi conference would help resolve a deadlock with President Putin over Syria. Turkish leaders are about to launch a major offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria, which Ankara accuses it of being linked to an uprising in Turkey.

“They already met in Tehran two weeks ago. It seems that Erdogan did not get what he wanted from Putin. has openly named two locations, Tel Rifat and Manbij, and he is most likely looking for the possibility of such a military move to northern Syria,” he said.

Given Russia's control of Syrian airspace, Ankara needs Moscow's cooperation for military operations.

Analyst Gasimov said Putin was wary of Turkey's growing military presence in Syria, but the two leaders had experience managing disagreements. said he was.

"Yes, there are certain disadvantages on both sides, but we are also very much ready to talk to each other about it," he said.

This readiness to speak up and the growing number of common concerns across the region means that frequent meetings between the two leaders could become a regular occurrence. It means that there is