Russian President Vladimir Putin will host his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday for the first time in 18 months.
Many issues are expected to be discussed at the meeting to be held in the Black Sea city of Sochi, not far from Turkey.
In addition to the conflicts in Syria and Libya, Putin and Erdogan are expected to discuss the South Caucasus and Ukraine, expanding Russian gas exports and the possible purchase of the second group S-400 missile system from Turkey, despite US complaints. .
In Syria, Ankara and Moscow are opposing parties to the conflict, although they have coordinated and cooperated on this issue in recent years. Erdogan is expected to urge Putin to respect the ceasefire reached last year so as not to attack Turkish-backed rebels.
The leaders are also expected to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh, for which Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a brief war last autumn in a bid to revive diplomacy in the South Caucasus.
Ukraine is also expected to be on the Agenda. Turkey considers Russia’s annexation of Crimea illegal, but has not become part of Western sanctions against Moscow. Russia, on the other hand, is concerned about increased defense co-operation between Turkey and Ukraine.
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