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Erdogan’s visit to Russia being prepared, says Kremlin

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MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. A visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin is being prepared, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

“Indeed, a working visit by Turkish President Erdogan to the Russian Federation is being prepared,” the Russian presidential spokesman confirmed.

As the Kremlin spokesman specified, “the agenda [of the talks] will be very broad, beginning with bilateral relations and these are very versatile ties and the presidents always have something to talk about in this context.”

“Of course, Syria and other regional conflicts will be discussed,” Peskov said.

The news agency Reuters reported last week citing sources that Erdogan would arrive in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in September to discuss the situation in Syria, in particular, in the northwestern Idlib region.

Erdogan also stated in late August that in the course of his upcoming visit to Russia he was going to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin the details of purchasing the second regiment set of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

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Turkey is in Syria because Russia has okayed their presence- there is no doubt of that in my mind. Assad talks the talk, but, he’s shrewd as well. He knows what his limitations are. He knows what his strengths are. I’ve long been of the mind that Assad complains loudly but knows that Turkey has no interest in seeing the Kurds occupy and control that very large piece of Syria. And on that they are in agreement.

“Turkey and Russia are continuing to engage in a pragmatic partnership for as long as possible..

He noted that recent history has evolved from wars for territory to a mix of cooperation and competition. Today, Russia remains the largest energy exporter to Turkey and the main source of tourists who inject much needed funds into the Turkish tourism sector.

The personal relationship between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been an important element in keeping relations from veering into conflict.”

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