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Erdogan to meet with Putin in Sochi amid threat of offensive in Syria

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to be the first NATO leader to visit Russia since it invaded Ukraine when he visits President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

Both Russia and Turkey are heavily involved in Syria, with Moscow supporting the Assad regime and Ankara the Sunni Arab rebels. And Erdoğan has spoken recently of launching yet another incursion into Syria, in areas with a Russian military presence.

‘What is clear is that the fact that it’s Erdoğan who is going to Sochi means it’s Turkey that wants something from Russia,’ said Daria Isachenko, an expert on Turkey and Russia at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Erdoğan will seek permission to carry out an offensive in Syria and discuss possible details, such as the area and how large it will be, Isachenko told The Media Line…”

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