The Presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met face-to-face for the first time in 18 months in the Russian seaport city of Sochi at Putin’s sprawling estate.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS that the two leaders discuss economic and international relations, with the situation in Syria being high on the agenda.
While neither leader made a statement to the press nor was there the customary joint press conference after the meeting, the two leaders reportedly also discussed the Karabakh conflict.
Putin referenced the activities of the joint Turkey-Russia Center for the Monitoring of the Ceasefire Regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, located in Aghdam, saying that Russian-Turkish cooperation on this issue is a “serious guarantee for stability” in the region.
According to Peskov, Putin thanked Erdogan for the visit, calling it “useful and substantive.”
Erdogan called the meeting “productive” in a post on the Telegram social media platform. “After fruitful talks with my colleague Putin, we left Sochi,” added the Turkish leader.
It was the first in-person meeting for Putin in more than two weeks. On Sept. 14, the Russian president went into self-isolation after a staff member he worked in close contact with contracted coronavirus. Peskov confirmed to reporters that the two-week self-isolation ended for Putin on Wednesday.