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Turkey will help Russia bypass international sanctions and increase trade. To this end, the presidents signed a “road map.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that Vladimir Putin meet with Vladimir Zelensky on Turkish territory to end the war in Ukraine. The RIA Novosti agency writes about this following a meeting of political leaders in Sochi on August 5.
Tayyip Erdogan believes that the “Ukrainian crisis” can be resolved through negotiations. He once again gave Vladimir Putin the opportunity to meet with the President of Ukraine in Turkey and advocated for global peace.
“I pray to God that our meetings in Sochi will be useful for our region, especially for Turkey and Russia” , – the head of Turkey commented to journalists after returning from Russia.
In a joint statement after the meeting, it was reported that Turkey and Russia had signed a “road map” for economic cooperation. The countries plan to increase trade with each other up to $100 billion, while now it is about $33 billion. Ankara and Moscow are especially active in developing energy, tourism, the agricultural industry and trade.
In addition, the heads of state discussed the introduction in Turkey of Mir payment cards issued in Russia. According to the Turkish president, they have made significant progress in this matter. According to Erdogan, the cards will help Russian tourists pay for purchases and services while traveling to Turkey.
“We have agreed on the ruble with Mr. Putin. Since we will be doing these exchanges in rubles, this will of course bring money to Russia and Turkey as a separate source between Turkey and Russia at the financial point. There is also a map of Russia “Mir”. Currently our five banks continue to work on this,” he said.
Thus, Turkey can help Russia bypass international sanctions, in particular, bans from Visa and Mastercard, as well as strengthen the economy. Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko analyzed the results of the negotiations in Sochi in Telegram and suggested that Tayyip Erdogan is playing a double game and keeping Putin in the position of a junior partner. Having received warplanes and escaped opposition figures from the West, Turkey will be able to impose unfavorable terms of cooperation for Russia.
“He refused to make Turkey a hub for circumventing sanctions and an intermediary for gas. He promised to think, but for now he got himself a discount on gas in exchange for a promise to pay partly in rubles for it. In the same way, Putin has to make concessions to the Turks in the Middle East.