Meeting between Erdoğan and Putin Postponed until at Least September

Monday, 21 August 2023

The anticipated visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Ankara is likely to be postponed indefinitely, at least until September.

As reported by Anadolu, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan states that he expects to meet with Putin in September to discuss, among other things, the future of the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

"In September, there is the G-20 meeting in India and the UN General Assembly in the US. If we find the opportunity in this busy environment, we will meet and talk with Putin face to face," Erdoğan told media while returning from Hungary.

He did not mention any potential meeting location.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan may visit Russia soon to hold face-to-face talks.

Earlier, it was reported that Vladimir Putin might personally visit Ankara. The visit was expected in late August with rumours circulated in the middle of the month that it could take place "in the coming days."

Later, there were reports that Erdoğan might meet with Putin's representative, the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, purportedly to negotiate a new 'grain deal'.

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