26 July 2022 8:40 p.m
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is due to arrive in Sochi next week to hold talks with his Russian counterpart. The heads of state are to discuss the situation in Ukraine and grain exports. This is reported by the Turkish television station TRT Haber.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay a one-day visit to Sochi on August 5. This was shared by the Turkish television stationTRT Haber With. According to the Turkish daily newspaper Habertürk Erdoğan is planning a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. It is expected that the high-ranking politicians will discuss the conflict in Ukraine and also assess the situation on the grain corridor TRT Haber further.
Again, the Kremlin later confirmed the reports. According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would discuss regional issues and bilateral relations. Previously, the Turkish TV channel gave TGRT Haber announced on July 26 that Putin had proposed to Erdoğan to develop joint production of Bayraktar combat drones. The Turkish President made the announcement at a meeting of the Central Executive Council of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
Bayraktar TB2 is a Turkish combat drone developed and manufactured by the private company Baykar Makina. Ukraine bought the first Bayraktars in 2019. These are to be deployed from spring 2021. At the end of June, Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said the army was deploying up to 50 drones. Resnikov added that Ankara and Kyiv continue to work on the project to build Bayraktar factory in Ukraine. At the same time, Turkish officials stressed that they did not provide the drones to help Ukraine. Ukraine acquired the combat drones from a private company.
The last time the heads of state of Russia and Turkey met on July 19 at the trilateral summit in the “Astana format” in Tehran. Ahead of the summit, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Vladimir Putin also held bilateral talks. They discussed Ukrainian grain exports, and a few days later Russia and Ukraine signed related agreements with Turkey.
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