Russia, Turkey to hold high-level meeting in Moscow

High-level Turkish-Russian meeting to be held next month in Russia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A high-level Turkish-Russian meeting will be held in Moscow on December 16, Turkey announced on Monday.

High-level Cooperation Council summit will be chaired by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Syrian conflict, energy, trade and tourism will be among the topics expected to be discussed, although the agenda of the meeting is not released yet.

The meeting will be the sixth cooperation meeting between the two countries. The two countries have strong energy relations, since Turkey is importing around 60 percent of its natural gas from Russia.

Moreover, state-controlled Russian energy giant Gazprom in June signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with the Turkish Shell, EON and OMV to undertake the joint construction of two pipelines to Germany.

The meeting was announced as Turkey is hosting the G20 Summit in the southern Turkish city of Antalya. World leaders, including Putin are attending the two-day summit, where the Syrian crisis is on the agenda.

Russia is the main supporter of the Syrian regime and its leader Bashar Al Assad, furthermore, in September, Russia launched an aerial campaign targeting Assad’s opponents.

Syrian war has affected Turkey, since it shares a southern border with Syria and is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world at 2.2 million.

In October, Putin and Erdogan had a meeting in Moscow, after Russia started an aerial campaign in Syria.

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