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Erdogan defends ties with Russia during talks with Putin

ASTANA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday defended Ankara’s booming trade ties with Moscow, during his fourth meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in three months.

The United States and the European Union are putting renewed to comply with sanctions they imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
But Erdogan has refused, offering NATO member Turkiye as a neutral venue for possible truce talks, and approving a range of agreements that have seen the value of exports to Russia more than double in recent months.
Meeting Putin at the start of a regional summit in Kazakhstan, Erdogan mentioned Russia’s construction of Turkiye’s first nuclear power plant, which Ankara hopes to open next year.
Erdogan also raised the idea of Russia building a second nuclear power plant in northern Turkiye, while Putin proposed relying on Turkiye more to transport Russian natural gas.
“While Turkiye and Russia’s steps will disturb certain circles, they will make less developed countries happy,” Erdogan said, referring to a deal he helped broker paving the way for Ukrainian grain deliveries across the Black Sea.

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