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Turkey and Russia to discuss gas and grain deals

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Uzbekistan in 2022 Reuters/Sputnik/Alexander Demyanchuk
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Uzbekistan in 2022

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are to discuss a gas hub project and Black Sea grain exports during their upcoming meeting in Ankara, according to a media report.

Although foreign minister Hakan Fidan did not confirm a date for the trip, reports suggest Putin will visit Ankara next week, Daily Sabah newspaper wrote.

At a press conference in Malta, the minister said Turkey was working with Ukraine and Russia to revive the Black Sea grain initiative.

The grain pact allowed the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea during the Russia-Ukraine conflict. However, Russia withdrew from the agreement in July 2023.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Putin plans to discuss the planned gas hub in Turkey during his trip.

The Russian leader proposed establishing a regional gas platform in Turkey in 2022 to redirect Russian gas exports after a significant decrease in European shipments following the Ukraine war.

Furthermore, Turkey aims to negotiate discounts on natural gas with Russia, one of its top energy suppliers, Russian state news agency Tass said.

Turkey’s energy and natural resources minister, Alparslan Bayraktar, has also confirmed that Ankara is counting on securing a discount on Russian gas and reaching a mutual understanding on the issue.

Erdoğan and Putin last met in the Russian city of Sochi in September 2023.

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