Summit Between Presidents of Turkey, Russia Starts in Sochi

Summit Between Presidents of Turkey, Russia Starts in Sochi

Putin, Erdogan meet at official presidential residence in southern Russian resort city

By Dilan Pamuk,

A meeting between the Turkish and Russian presidents began on in the resort city of Sochi in southern Russia.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the official presidential residence.

The Turkish president was accompanied by the head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin during the working visit.

The two leaders made remarks before the meeting. 

Erdogan highlighted importance of joint actions with Russia on Syria, saying peace there depends on Turkey-Russia ties.

“Our meetings don’t always proceed without problems but related institutions are able to reach resolutions”, said Putin.

Putin added that the Turkish investment in Russia has reached $1.5B, Russian investment in Turkey stands at $6.5B as major projects continue as planned.

Cooperation between Turkey, Russia important to ensure truce, permanent peace in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region, he also said. 

The Russian president said that the bilateral Turkey-Russia trade up 50% in first 9 months of 2021, making up for previous losses and achieving major rise amid pandemic.

He added that Russia’s cooperation with Turkey continues successfully in international arena, referring to countries’ stances on both Syria, Libya.