This handout picture taken and released by Turkish Presidential Press Service on Aug 5, 2022 shows Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi. (MURAT KULA / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP)
ISTANBUL - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss developments in Syria with Russian leader Vladimir Putin during his visit to Russia on Friday.
Sitting opposite Putin ahead of their talks in the Black Sea city of Sochi, Erdogan said earlier meetings between Turkish and Russian delegations on politics, economic and trade issues had been fruitful.
Our meeting will be completed and open a very different page in Türkiye-Russia relations.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President
Their meeting, less than three weeks since they held talks in Tehran, comes after Türkiye helped broker a deal to resume Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports which were blocked by Russia's special military operation.
"Our meeting will be completed and open a very different page in Türkiye-Russia relations," Erdogan said in comments broadcast on Turkish television.
He did not mention Ukraine. But he said he believed their talks on Syria "will bring further relief to the region".
Erdogan has threatened to order new military operations in Syria to extend 30-km deep "safe zones" on the border.