Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan announce Agreement to Boost Cooperation in Multiple Areas
An agreement to switch part of the payments for Russian gas to Rubles was also discussed...
During a meeting today, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, agreed to boost cooperation in the transport, finance, construction, and agricultural industries. Turkey has mediated a deal signed by Ukraine, Russia, and the UN last month to determine the release of grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
In the joint statement following a four-hour-long meeting, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need for "the full implementation of the Istanbul agreement, including the unimpeded export of Russia's grain, fertilizer, and raw materials for their production." There was also an agreement to switch part of the payments for Russian gas to Rubles, according to Alexander Novak, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister.
The Reaffirmation of “their determination to act in coordination and solidarity in the fight against all terrorist organizations in Syria.” was also discussed. Ankara has been carrying out multiple operations in northern Syria since 2016 targeting the Kurdish YPG militia despite warnings of consequence from Russia.