Putin to host Turkish Prez Erdogan next week

This is the first meeting between leaders after Russia discontinued Black Sea deal

Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin will host Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

His remarks came after weeks of speculation about when and where the two leaders might meet next.

"It is true that the talks will be held on Monday. They will be in Sochi in the middle of the day," TASS quoted Peskov as saying. 

Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hosted his Turkish counterpart for talks in Moscow.

Turkey, together with the United Nations, brokered a deal in July 2022 that allowed Ukraine to ship grain and other foodstuffs from three Black Sea ports. A separate memorandum between the UN and Russia, agreed at the same time, pledged to overcome obstacles to Moscow's shipment of food and fertiliser to world markets.

However, Russia pulled out of the deals earlier this year, claiming that its conditions hadn't been met.

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