Russia seek financial aid Turkey To circumvent Western sanctions on Moscow. This comes from a joint statement released this Friday following a meeting between the Russian president, Vladimir Putinand its Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The meeting took place in Istanbul sochiin southern Russia and drove four hours. These two leaders are celebrating several one-on-one meetings year. But they never last that long.
“Both presidents agreed to increase the budget. trading volume between the two countries on a balanced basis and economy and energybut also in transport, agriculture, infrastructure, industry, finance and tourism” reads the final document of the meeting.
Turkey has been radically opposed to the practice since the beginning of the Russian occupation. sanctions on Moscow; partly in order not to harm the already very weak Turkish economy. official inflation ie close to 80%. During war in ukraine, Ankara tried to strike a balance between KyivThe West and Moscow, something that allowed Erdogan’s government to mediate between Ukraine and Russia to realize the Ukrainian wheat and grain export deal, was signed two weeks ago. Istanbul.
“The two leaders affirmed their commitment to the agreement. safe grain and food exports According to the Istanbul Agreement, these ports of Ukraine constructive relationships It played a key role in achieving the goal between the two countries.
Payments in rubles
Also at the meeting, Putin and Erdogan, payment gas Russian in rublesOne of the measures Moscow took in the spring european sanctions to Russian energy.
“The transition to our national currency, gradualTurkey will pay part of the gas shipment from Russia in rubles in the first place,” he said. Alexander Novakthat allows Putin and Erdogan to reach a few people financial and banking agreements.
Ukraine leaked to newspaper before meeting in Sochi ‘Washington postHe said Putin wanted to get deals from his Turkish counterpart to circumvent Western sanctions on the Russian economy. this risks High for Turkey: working Turkish companies Russian organizations those sanctioned will likely be sanctioned in both Europe and the United States.
New military operation in Syria
Erdogan and Putin last met two weeks ago in Tehran, where Turk tried to get the green light from the Russians – unsuccessfully. new turkish military operation Against the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria.
These militias are linked pkk guerrillarecognized as terrorist by Ankara – also by the EU and the USA – and in war against Turkey since the 1980s.
However, the YPG has been its allies so far. United States of America In the war against the Islamic State in Syria. The USA and Russia, which have military presence on the territory of these militias, are against this hypothetical Turkish military operation.
We reaffirm our determination to act cooperatively against terrorist organizations The statement made after the meeting between Putin and Erdogan said, “In Syria.” The words Erdogan said in the previous meeting are the same. Teheran. Since then, the operation has not started and is not expected.