Russia expects Erdogan's visit but no date is set

Politics | World 1/9/2019, 11:24 AM
Russia expects Erdogan's visit but no date is set

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Russia's President Vladimir Putin, told reporters on Wednesday that it agreed to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two countries have been at odds about plans for the visit after Turkey invited United States President Donald Trump. He claimed he would pull out troops out of Syria but substantial disagreements erupted in talks with the government in Ankara about US bases there and the status of Syrian Defense Forces, US allies led by Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers terrorist organizations. Other sensitive topics include the plans by Erdogan's administration to buy US surface-to-air missiles.

He will come to Russia "in the near future" but the date hasn't been set yet, said Peskov, formally the deputy chief of staff of the presidency. Turning to the upcoming election in Israel, he asserted the Kremlin isn't meddling in the process.

Putin's spokesman turned to relations with the US, saying its "unfriendliness" still prevails with "numerous" such steps conducted. He commented on the proposal in Congress in Washington to postpone the abolishment of sanctions against Oleg Deripaska's companies by saying "painstaking work" is continuing.

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