Erdogan, Putin scheduled to meet in Astana later this week

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week in the Kazakh capital of Astana, a Turkish presidential source said on Tuesday.

The meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for Thursday, on the sidelines of an Asian security summit, the source said.

Erdoğan and Putin will discuss “the idea of holding talks bwteeen Russia and the West,” Turkish.

Local media reported that 11 leaders are expected at the summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
Ukraine is not on the list.

NATO member Turkey has positioned itself as a mediator between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow invaded its neighbour in February.

While Ankara has criticised Moscow, it has refused to join Western sanctions. (NAN)

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