Inside Story

What did Putin and Erdogan discuss in Sochi?

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin amid international efforts to revive grain deal.

It is a meeting aimed at resetting ties between Turkey and Russia.

Following his re-election in May, the Turkish leader has taken steps criticised by Moscow as hostile, like backing Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership.

The main issue, however, is the revival of the grain deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations that Russia withdrew from in July.

Besides that, can Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan use his close relationship with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to move towards a possible settlement of the war in Ukraine?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Andrey Baklanov – former Russian ambassador and deputy chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats

Michael Bociurkiw – global affairs analyst and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council

Seda Demiralp – associate professor at Isik University