Erdogan summons Putin for crunch meeting tomorrow

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has summoned Vladimir Putin for a crunch meeting tomorrow, in which he is expected to demand he negotiate peace with Ukraine. 

Speaking to reporters today, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov confirmed the two would descend on Kazakhstan for a “very interesting” meeting.

He said: “Now many say that the Turks are ready to come up with other initiatives in the context of the settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

“There are reports in the press that the Turkish side is putting forward specific considerations in this regard, I do not exclude that Erdoğan will actively touch on this topic during the Astana contact. So a very interesting and, I hope, useful discussion awaits us.”

The leaders will arrive in the Kazakh capital of Astana on October 13 and speak on the sidelines of the sixth Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit. 

Their orbiting meeting may touch on talks between Russia and the west, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has previously suggested. 

Russia and Turkey are two of 11 nations represented in Astana on Thursday for the CICA conference. 

The other nine are Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus and a key Russia ally, will also attend as an “observer”.

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