Russian President Vladimir Putin ended the isolation he entered after a series of positive events in his close circle on Wednesday to attend a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian city of Sochi.
“You can see that there is no longer any imprisonment,” said Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov hours before the meeting – the first meeting that Putin and Erdogan will face since the beginning of the pandemic – as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The leaders of Russia and Turkey had held frequent meetings before the pandemic, with ten meetings between March 2019 and March 2020, mainly to address the conflict in Syria and bilateral issues.
The Kremlin has highlighted that the agenda of this meeting will include the situation in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and the Caucasus, as well as trade and trade cooperation issues between the two countries, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Peskow himself recently affirmed that bilateral relations will be an important point in the talks, as “there is a lot in common” and “I am working on joint projects on an economic and commercial level”. “The presidents will continue to argue about this,” he said.