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Erdoğan to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 5

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 5, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the Turkish presidency.

The two leaders held their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the sidelines of a Syria summit in Tehran on July 19.

Erdoğan has tried to thrust Turkey — on good terms with both Moscow and Kyiv — into the center of diplomatic efforts to try and halt the five-month war.

Turkey worked with the United Nations to get the warring sides to sign a deal in İstanbul last week aimed at resuming grain shipments across the Black Sea.

Russia in turn has been concerned by Erdoğan’s threats to launch a new military incursion into northern Syria.

Russia and Iran have supported the Syrian government in the decade-long conflict while Turkey has backed various rebel groups.

Both Putin and Iranian leaders urged Erdoğan against launching a new Syrian offensive last week.

Analysts believe that Turkey would prefer to get Russia and Iran’s approval before starting a new campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Syria that Ankara views as “terrorists.”

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