Erdogan will meet with Putin, what remains in the discussion

Last Updated on July 4, 2024 9:37 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on Wednesday morning. He was there to attend a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a Beijing-led regional alliance comprising Central Asia, India and Iran. He is scheduled to meet with Russian President Putin during this visit.

In addition to the forum’s main sessions, Erdogan is expected to hold bilateral meetings in the capital Astana. In which there will be a meeting with Russian President Putin.

The agenda of the meeting is expected to cover everything from energy to trade and tourism as well as bilateral, regional and global issues. Erdogan is expected to once again emphasize the importance of fighting terrorism in Syria.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the leaders would also discuss the Ukraine war. NATO member Türkiye is positioning itself as a potential mediator between Russia and Ukraine.

Erdogan is also expected to discuss the current situation in Gaza during the bilateral and summit meetings.

The conference will focus on energy, transport, logistics, regional security and infrastructure. The leaders’ primary focus will be on the economy and international trade.

The leaders of Russia and China are seeking to tighten their anti-Western alliance and expand their influence in the strategic Central Asian region.

Belarus, Russia’s close ally, is expected to attend the meeting after announcing it would become a member of the SCO at the 2023 summit.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also scheduled to address the two-day conference on Thursday.

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