Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed the creation of what he called a “gas hub” in Turkey, through which Russian gas could be sold to the European market.
Russia will announce a number of initiatives related to cooperation with Turkey in the natural gas sector and with grain exports during next week’s Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ meeting in Indonesia, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“A number of concrete initiatives are being planned, including increasing cooperation with Turkey on gas and organizing large grain and fertilizer shipments,” it said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will not attend the summit for life, has proposed the creation of what he called a “gas hub” in Turkey, through which Russian gas could be sold to the European market.
The foreign ministry said it hoped the summit would help establish a “multipolar” world – a term often used by Putin to criticize Western dominance of world affairs.
Russia’s presence at the G20 summit has drawn criticism from Western countries and Ukraine, which has called for Putin to be banned from the meeting.
Russian and Indonesian officials said today that Putin will not attend the summit in person, but may participate via video conference. The head of the Russian delegation in Bali will be Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Earlier today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying they have a relationship of trust, respect and solidarity.
“We could not have taken this step if there was no trust between us,” the Turkish head of state said when asked by a reporter how he was able to convince Putin to rejoin the deal, which is necessary for exports to continue. agricultural products from Ukraine.
“The trust and respect between us encourages us to take this kind of step. That’s how things have worked so far. Solidarity between us, in areas such as nuclear energy, (…) initiatives in the defense industry, foster respect between us,” he said.
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