Turkish, Russian presidents to meet in Sochi on Monday

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a one-day working visit to Russia’s coastal city of Sochi on Monday, according to the presidential press office.

In a statement, the office said Erdogan will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

An inter-delegation meeting is also expected with the attendance of the two countries’ ministers and officials.

Among the topics expected to be discussed are Turkey-Russia relations, economy andenergy issues, as well as regional and international issues, particularly Syria.

The latest developments in Idlib is also among the topics on the agenda.

The Turkish president will be meeting Russia’s Putin face-to-face for a second time in September, after a trilateral summit in Iraniancapital Tehran last week.

During the summit, Erdogan called for a cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province of Syria — where the Syrian regime recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive.

The first tripartite summit was held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Nov. 22 to discuss progress made in the Astana peace talks and changes in de-escalation zones across Syria.

The second trilateral meeting was hosted by Erdogan in April in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Reporting by Selma Kasap and Ilkay Guder; Writing by Sena Guler

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