Russian President Vladimir Putin will host his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin has announced.
The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, including the situation in Syria and bilateral relations between their countries. The meeting comes at a time when tensions between Russia and Turkey have been high over their differing positions on the conflict in Syria.
Russia and Turkey have been working together to try to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, but their efforts have been complicated by their support for opposing sides in the conflict. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey supports some of the rebel groups fighting against his government.
The meeting in Sochi will provide an opportunity for Putin and Erdogan to try to bridge their differences and find common ground on Syria. It will also be a chance for them to discuss other issues of mutual concern, such as trade and energy cooperation.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the talks would be held in a “working format” and that further details would be provided closer to the time. The meeting will be closely watched by observers for any signs of progress on Syria or other issues.