Putin and Erdogan agreed to do even more business with each other, in rubles
Putin thanked Erdogan for Turkey’s mediation in the conclusion of the agreement on the start of grain shipments to Ukraine, for Russian food and fertilizer intended for export to reach the world market, and for Turkey’s provision of a stable delivery route for Russian gas to Europe.
In July, Ukraine, Russia and the UN agreed in Istanbul on the conditions under which ships full of Ukrainian grain can leave the Black Sea ports again.
In the joint statement, the two presidents emphasized the importance of the full implementation of the relevant Istanbul agreements.
The UN has made a separate agreement with Moscow to facilitate the export of its goods to the world.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters after the four-hour meeting: Turkey has agreed to pay in rubles for part of the Russian gas it buys.
Cover photo: In the photo published by the Turkish presidency, Russian Vladimir Putin (l) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold talks in Sochi on August 5, 2022. MTI/AP/Turkish Presidency