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According to journalists, the Kremlin hopes to convince Erdogan to help Russia cope with financial and energy restrictions.
The Russian Federation is turning to Turkey and other potential new trading partners, intending to circumvent Western sanctions that are increasingly pressing on the economy of the aggressor country. The Washington Post writes about this, citing a number of its sources in different countries.
Moscow hopes to convince Turkey to help it bypass existing restrictions in the field of finance and energy, journalists specify.
The meeting Putin and Erdogan in Sochi: what does Russia want?
Today, August 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi. This is the second meeting of the leaders of the two states in the past two weeks, and this “raises fears that the Kremlin may strengthen economic ties with a NATO member country that has not joined the imposition of sanctions against Moscow.”
As part of the meeting, representatives The Russian side intends to convince their colleagues from Turkey to turn the country into a kind of hub that will enable Moscow to bypass the most painful sanctions.
In particular, Russia wants to buy stakes in Turkish refineries, oil terminals and reservoirs. According to economists, this will help to hide the origin of exports after the EU oil embargo comes into full force next year. an aggressor country inside the special economic zones.
What do they say in Turkey?
According to the publication, today there are no signs that Turkey will support these agreements, because in this way the country will put its own banks and companies at risk of secondary sanctions and block their access to Western markets, which is completely unprofitable for Ankara.
More In addition, a representative of the Turkish delegation commented to journalists that Turkey continues to support the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. At the same time, he called non-compliance with the sanctions “a principled position.”
Western officials, who spoke to the publication on condition of anonymity, noted that they did not know about the plans of the Russian Federation to convince Turkey to support the Kremlin. However, they are aware that Russia is looking for ways to get around the sanctions as the economic damage from them grows ever more severe. According to them, Russian representatives are now actively traveling to different countries in search of any help, and Turkey is no exception due to the “weak power of law” in this country.
At the same time, such initiatives can be considered a sign of the growing unease of the Russian regime. Serious problems today are already observed in industry and pharmaceuticals, and Western officials call the banking sector of the Russian Federation a “zombie system”.