Putin and Erdogan agree to hold a meeting in the near future

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking on the phone. – ALEXEI DRUZHININ / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation on Monday in which they agreed to meet in person in the near future.

The Kremlin has reported that during their contact, the two leaders have discussed possible measures to boost economic cooperation, such as improving the legal framework, boosting trade or using the currencies of both countries to close deals, Russian news agency TASS reports.

«The leaders have addressed a wide range of issues of mutual interest ahead of the top-level Russian-Turkish meeting to be held soon,» Moscow has said.

The Turkish presidency, on the other hand, has stressed that the two leaders have discussed possible formulas to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea. «It is time for the UN to implement the plan to establish a corridor for grain through the Black Sea,» Ankara said.

In addition, the two leaders appreciated the importance of the mechanism of cross-border operations for delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, which allows bringing humanitarian aid to the country for more than four million people and which, in the absence of an agreement in the UN Security Council, expired on Sunday.

As for the war in Ukraine, both have defended a just and lasting peace achieved through negotiation and Erdogan has shown Turkey’s readiness to «make any contribution necessary to revitalize the negotiation process».

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