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Erdogan to meet Putin in Sochi on August 5

News Desk: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 5, the Turkish presidency said.

The two leaders held their first meeting since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the sidelines of a Syria summit in Tehran on July 19.

Erdogan has tried to thrust Turkey on good terms with both Moscow and Kyiv into the centre of diplomatic efforts to try and halt the five-month war.

Turkey worked with the United Nations to get the warring sides to sign a deal in Istanbul last week aimed at resuming grain shipments across the Black Sea.

Russia in turn has been concerned by Erdogan’s threats to launch a new military incursion into northern Syria.

Russia and Iran have supported the Syrian government in the decade-long conflict while Turkey has backed various rebel groups.

Both Putin and Iranian leaders urged Erdogan against launching a new Syrian offensive last week.

Analysts believe that Turkey would prefer to get Russia and Iran’s approval before starting a new campaign against Kurdish militants in northern Syria that Ankara views as ‘terrorists’.

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