Russia seeks Turkey's support to circumvent Western sanctions

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, this Friday in Sochi

  • The meeting, in The one that has been talked about economic cooperation, the war in Ukraine and the war in Syria, has lasted four hours

 Russia seeks Turkey's support to circumvent Western sanctions

Russia seeks economic aid from Turkey ;a in order to circumvent Western sanctions against Moscow. so It follows from the joint statement published this Friday after a meeting between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The meeting took place in Sochi , in the south of Russia, and has lasted four hours. These two leaders hold several bilateral meetings a year. Never, however, do they last that long.

“Both presidents have agreed to increase the volume of tradebetween the two countries on a balanced basis and the expectations of the two countries in fields of the economy and energy, but also in transportation, agriculture, infrastructure, industry, finance and tourism”, says the final document of the meeting.

Turkey, since the beginning of the Russian invasion, has been radically in against applying sanctions against Moscow; In part to avoid damaging an already very weak Turkish economy, with official inflation approaching 80%. During the war in Ukraine, Ankara has tried to maintain a balance between kyiv, the West, and Moscow, something that has allowed it to be the government Erdogan who managed to mediate between Ukraine and Russia to achieve the Ukrainian wheat and grain export agreement, signed two weeks ago in Istanbul

“The two leaders ratify their commitment to the safe exports of grain and food from Ukrainian ports according to the Istanbul Agreement. The constructive relations between the two countries played a key role in achieving the goal”, reads the statement. 

Payments in rubles

During the meeting, in addition, Putin and Erdogan agreed to pay for Russian gas in rubles, one of the measures taken by Putin. Moscow in the spring as a response to the European sanctions on Russian energy.

“The transition to our national currency will be less. gradual, and Turkey will initially pay Russian deputy prime minister, Alexander Novak, told the press after the meeting that part of the gas shipments from Russia will be exchanged in rubles., which has ensured that Putin and Erdogan have reached various financial and banking agreements

Before the meeting in Sochi, Ukraine leaked the information. to the newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ that Putin wanted to get agreements from his Turkish counterpart to avoid Western sanctions on the Russian economy. The risks for Turkey are high: Turkish companies working with Russian entities sanctioned will be likely to be themselves sanctioned both in Europe and in the United States.

A new military operation in Syria

The last time Erdogan and Putin met was two weeks ago in Tehran, where the Turk tried to kill him. —unsuccessful— seek the green light from the Russian for a new Turkish military operation in northern Syria against the YPG Kurdish militias.

These militias are linked to the PKK guerrillas, an organization considered terrorist by Ankara – also by the EU and the US – and which has been at war strong> against Turkey since the 1980s. 

The YPG, however, have to date been the United States's allies in the war in Syria against the Islamic State. The US and Russia, with a military presence in the territory of this militia, are against this hypothetical Turkish military operation.

“We confirm our determination to act in cooperation against terrorist organizations in Syria & rdquor ;, says the statement after the meeting between Putin and Erdogan. The phrase is the same that got Erdogan at the previous meeting in Tehran. Since then, the operation has not started and is not expected.


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