The presidents of russia, Vladimir PutinY Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoganagreed on Friday to boost cooperation in the transport, agriculture, finance and construction sectors, they said in a joint statement after a four-hour meeting.
Turkey mediated an agreement signed by UkraineRussia and United Nations in Istanbul last month, under which grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports resumed this week after months of blockade.
In the statement, Putin and Erdogan stressed the need for “the full implementation of the agreement on istanbul, including the unfettered export of Russian grain, fertilizers and raw materials for their production. “The two leaders also agreed to exchange part of the payments for Russian gas into rubles,” explained the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak to journalists after the talks.
The two also “reaffirmed their determination to act in coordination and solidarity in the fight against all terrorist organizations” in Syria. Ankara has carried out multiple operations in northern Syria since 2016, seizing hundreds of kilometers of land and targeting the Kurdish YPG militia, despite opposition from Moscow, Reuters reported.
He recalled that Russia annually supplies 26 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey. Putin commented that “European partners should be grateful to Turkey because it guarantees the smooth transit of our gas to the European market.”