Turkey named the date of Erdogan’s expected visit to Russia

The visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia is scheduled for September 29. This was announced on Tuesday, September 21, at the office of the head of the Turkish state.

“It is expected that our president will go on a one-day visit to Russia (to the city of Sochi) on September 29, 2021,” TASS quotes a statement from the office.

Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov spoke about Erdogan’s possible working visit to Sochi a day earlier. He noted that during the talks the parties will discuss a variety of issues, starting with bilateral relations and ending with the situation in Syria, Gazeta.ru reports.

On September 20, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that the elections to the State Duma in Crimea held on September 17-19 have no legal force for Turkey. The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova, in turn, noted that Russia will not disregard this step and is currently drawing conclusions that will not benefit relations between the two countries.

Peskov said on September 21 that the Kremlin does not accept statements by the Turkish Foreign Ministry about the illegitimacy of the elections to the State Duma on the territory of Crimea. At the same time, according to Peskov, interaction with Ankara is in the interests of both sides and Moscow will continue to work with the Turkish side, hoping for a rapprochement of positions in the end.

According to Senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi, the statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry is part of a hybrid war against Russia. She stressed that the statement of the Turkish department should be considered as “illegal interference” in the issues of a sovereign state.

In 2021, elections to the State Duma were first held in a new, three-day format. September 19 was the main voting day, and September 17 and 18 were additional. It was possible to vote both online and by coming to the polling station in person.

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