Erdogan and Putin to Meet at SCO Summit in Kazakhstan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Kazakhstan next month, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan confirmed.

“In the coming days, Mr. President will probably meet with Mr. Putin himself in Kazakhstan,” Fidan said in an interview with Türkiye’s .

Fidan also indicated that Erdogan has invited Putin for a state visit to Ankara. “We are waiting for Mr. Putin to visit us,” he said. “Our president previously invited him. There was talk about his coming to us. But first, there were elections in Russia, then we had them. Perhaps in the coming days, the leaders will discuss this issue again.”

The SCO summit is scheduled to be held on July 3-4 in Astana. Earlier media reports suggested that Erdogan and Putin would discuss such issues as Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine and efforts to safeguard grain shipments through the Black Sea. Other likely topics include establishment of a natural-gas trading hub, construction of Türkiye’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, and elections in Kurdish regions of Syria.

Türkiye brokered a grain deal between Russia and Ukraine in July 2022, establishing a humanitarian corridor for agricultural exports through the Black Sea. Moscow and Kiev were close to completing a new grain deal in March, but Ukrainian negotiators abruptly walked away after two months of talks, Reuters reported in April. Erdogan’s government also hosted peace negotiations in the spring of 2022, shortly after the Russia-Ukraine conflict began, but the talks were allegedly derailed by Western pressure to continue the fighting.