Putin-Erdogan summit, the Russian president: “EU thank Ankara for the gas coming from TurkStream”. Agreement on payment in rubles

Second summit between the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin from the beginning of war in Ukraine at the end of February. The two leaders met in Sochi and “agreed to strengthen the cooperation economic and energy ”between Russia and Turkey, the Kremlin said at the end of the face to face. “Last year our commercial turnover increased by 57% and in the first months of this year, up to and including May, it doubled. We have big plans, ”the Russian president said.

Putin did not fail to provoke the European Union on gassaying that “the region’s partners should be grateful to Ankara” because the pipeline TurkStream “Unlike all the other supply areas of our hydrocarbons, it works correctly, without hitches”. The flows towards the Germany across the NordStreamas is known, they have instead been reduced, according to Mosca due to the sanctions which prevent the return of the Siemens turbine sent for repairs to Canada. Brussels also denied today. For its part, Ankara has accepted partial payment for the supplies in rublesRussian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced.

The two leaders also displayed harmony on other dossiers: Putin personally thanked Erdogan for the role he had in achieving thewheat agreement, including the supply of Russian products and fertilizers. “With your direct participation and with the mediation of the United Nations Secretariat, the issue relating to the export of Ukrainian wheat from ports of the Black Sea was settled. Deliveries have already started, I want to thank you both for this and for the fact that at the same time a decision has been made on the supply of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets “, said Putin quoted by Tax. The “Razoni”, the first ship loaded with cereals to sail from a port in Ukraine since the beginning of the invasion ordered by Putin, should arrive Sunday morning in the Lebanese port of Tripoli.

As for the situation in Syriawhere Ankara is conducting military operations against the Kurds, Turkey and Russia have “underlined the importance of the political process in reaching a permanent solution to the conflict” and “reaffirmed their determination to act in a coordinated manner in the fight against all terrorist organizations in Syria”, the statement read. According to Putin, Russia and Turkey “have made a great contribution to normalizing the situation”.

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