Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. photo/atlayar
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently returned from Sochi after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to boost trade.
Six unnamed Western officials told the newspaper they were “concerned” about Russia and Turkey’s plans to cooperate on trade and energy. An EU official said Brussels is monitoring relations between Ankara and Moscow “getting closer,” noting how Turkey appears to be “increasingly” a platform for trade with Russia.
After a four-hour meeting with the President Vladimir Putin on Friday, erdogan Welcomes Russia’s role in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey. The two countries aim to have US$100 billion in bilateral trade, and work together against terrorism and towards peace in Libya and Syria.
Putin promised that Russia would supply oil, gas and coal to Turkey “without interruption” after the two leaders agreed that Ankara would pay for part of this gas in rubles.
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Another official told the newspaper that Erdogan’s behavior was “very opportunistic”.
“We are trying to get the Turks to heed our concerns,” he said. Russia TodaySunday (7/8/2022).
Although it has been a member of NATO since 1952 and a petitioner to the European Union since 1987, Turkey has broken ties with both blocs on several occasions, most recently due to the conflict in Ukraine.
Erdogan has described his diplomacy with Kyiv and Moscow as “balanced” and has refused to sanction Russia on its military operations. Turkey is the only NATO country that has not imposed such a fine.