Putin to meet Erdoğan in Iran – POLITICO


Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to satisfy his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Iran subsequent week as worldwide efforts intensify to unblock Black Sea transport routes and permit the resumption of Ukrainian grain shipments.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed experiences the assembly will happen when Putin is in Tehran subsequent Tuesday. “We knowledgeable concerning the upcoming high-level contacts between Putin and Erdoğan, this assembly can even be held there,” he mentioned.

Erdoğan spoke by cellphone Monday with Putin and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in search of an settlement to chill out Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian seaports and permit grain exports to renew.

“President Erdoğan famous that it was time for the United Nations to take motion for the plan concerning the formation of safe corridors through the Black Sea for the grain export,” a Turkish readout from his name with Russia’s president mentioned.

Ukraine was a significant agricultural exporter and the blockade of its ports since Russia’s invasion in February has left million of tons of grain caught in silos, elevating fears of starvation in importing nations such Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

The announcement of face-to-face talks between Putin and Erdoğan has raised hopes of progress towards a deal.

Nonetheless, Zelenskyy is anxious to keep away from an settlement that may see Russia exporting cereals it seized from captured Ukrainian territory. Final week, Ukraine summoned Turkey’s ambassador complaining Ankara had launched a Russian ship with a cargo of “stolen” Ukrainian grain.

In the meantime, the US expressed concern Monday about Russian navy ties with Iran forward of Putin’s go to. Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan instructed reporters Russia is in search of to amass “a number of hundred” drones from Teheran.

The Kremlin mentioned Putin, Erdoğan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi would focus on the scenario in Syria the place all three have been concerned within the battle. Putin’s go to will comply with a journey to the Center East this week by U.S. President Joe Biden, the place he anticipated to debate issues over Iran’s navy and nuclear applications in Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The Iran go to might be Putin’s second overseas journey since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine. He visited Central Asia in June.

Mohammadreza Pour-Ebrahim, head of the Iranian parliament’s financial system fee, mentioned the go to would concentrate on “improvement of financial cooperation between Iran and Russia,” Iranian information company Mehr reported. Raisi visited Russia in January.

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