Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he expects important decisions at the talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which will be held in Sochi on September 29.
“The bilateral meeting with Mr Putin in Sochi, if it takes place on September 29, is really important. We have no plans for negotiations in the composition of the delegations, Mr Putin and I will only hold a one-on-one meeting, at which, of course, we will discuss not only Idlib. We will discuss relations between Turkey and Russia, the situation in Syria, we will discuss what we have come to in Syria and what we will achieve in the future, ”the SABAH edition quoted Erdogan as saying on September 23.
He added that Turkey and Russia are two countries that play an important role in the region. The authorities of the republic have not yet seen anything bad in relations with Russia, the Turkish leader noted.
According to Erdogan, he expects that following the meeting with Putin “an important decision will be made” in terms of bilateral relations, which will then “enter a more active phase,” writes Gazeta.ru.
On September 21, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the visit of the Turkish President to the Russian Federation is being prepared. However, the Kremlin spokesman did not answer the question of whether Putin is planning a meeting with the Turkish leader as part of his working visit.
Erdogan said on September 23 that the deal between Turkey and the Russian Federation on the second regiment of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system (S-400 air defense missile system) has been completed and will not be revised. According to him, the Turkish side cannot agree with the constant pressure from the United States in this matter.
In December last year, the United States imposed restrictions on the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate and its head Ismail Demir as part of the Law on Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions.
In October, the United States promised Turkey “serious consequences” after testing the S-400. At the same time, Washington has previously excluded Ankara from the production program for the latest fifth-generation F-35 fighters.
Russia and Turkey signed the first contract for a regimental set of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in 2017, deliveries to the Turkish side were carried out in the summer-autumn of 2019. This led to a crisis in relations between Turkey and the United States. The American administration has repeatedly condemned the acquisition of Russian weapons by the NATO country and insisted on the purchase of American systems by Turkey.