Putin to discuss oil and Syria in Istanbul
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Turkey’s Istanbul to attend the 23rd World Energy Congress. On the sidelines of the congress, the Russian leader is expected to meet with his Turkish and Venezuelan counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nicolas Maduro.
Ahead of the congress, Putin discussed the situation on the global energy markets at his traditional meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council last week.
Putin’s talks with Erdogan on the sidelines of the Energy Congress will focus on current issues of relations between the two countries, as well as on regional and international agenda, the Kremlin said.
According to Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, the two presidents "will discuss issues related to the normalization of the Russian-Turkish relations in all aspects," and the international agenda will focus on the situation in Syria.
"The Russian president plans to have a meeting with another top-level guest of the international congress - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro," TASS cited Peskov as saying.