Putin and Erdogan Set to Convene After Collapse of Ukraine Agricultural Agreement

by Chloe Baker
Russia-Turkey Meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin is slated to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi next Monday, according to an announcement by Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov this past Friday.

The confirmation of the meeting comes amid lingering questions regarding the timing and venue of the next summit between the two leaders. Earlier in the week, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed his Turkish counterpart in Moscow for diplomatic discussions.

In July 2022, Turkey, in cooperation with the United Nations, facilitated an agreement that permitted Ukraine to export grain and additional food products via three ports on the Black Sea. Concurrently, a separate memorandum of understanding was inked between Russia and the U.N., promising to resolve challenges impeding Russia’s global exportation of food and fertilizer.

However, Russia withdrew from both agreements earlier this year, stating that its stipulated conditions had not been fulfilled.

In separate news, Russian authorities reported this Friday that their air defense systems had intercepted drones targeting three western regions of the nation. Satellite imagery has suggested that a significant drone attack earlier this week resulted in the destruction of at least two Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo aircraft at a Russian airfield.

Regional authorities reported that anti-aircraft defenses had neutralized drones over Kursk, Belgorod, and Moscow. Although air traffic was briefly suspended in Moscow, no substantial damage or injuries were confirmed, per official sources.

Drone incidents—attributed by Russia to Ukraine—have increasingly become a regular feature as the conflict enters its 19th month and Ukrainian forces mount a counteroffensive. Recent drone incursions have reached further into Russian territory.

Officials in Kyiv typically abstain from either confirming or denying involvement in these aerial assaults on Russian soil. The overarching Ukrainian strategy appears designed to rattle Russia and exert pressure on President Putin.

The origin of the drones—whether from within Ukraine or Russia—could not be definitively ascertained by Big Big News.

Satellite imagery analyzed by the Associated Press showed evidence of suspected Ukrainian drone strikes destroying at least two Ilyushin Il-76 military planes at a Russian base. The airfield in question, Princess Olga Pskov International Airport, serves both military and civilian functions and is situated approximately 700 kilometers (around 400 miles) north of the Ukraine border, near Estonia and Latvia.

The Il-76 serves as a backbone of the Russian military’s airlift capabilities, designed for operations in harsh environments. It is estimated that Russia has over 100 such aircraft in its inventory.

The AP analysis revealed burnt remnants of two Il-76 aircraft on separate parking pads. Eleven other Il-76 planes had been repositioned, perhaps as a defensive measure to prevent further attacks.

Local media reports indicate that Ukrainian drone strikes had damaged four Il-76 planes at the air base. The timing of the satellite image was recorded as 1303 GMT on Thursday. Subsequent social media footage showed more anti-aircraft activity around the base, though the nature of the activity remained ambiguous.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine stated on Thursday that his country had developed a long-range weapon capable of hitting targets 700 kilometers away, presumably referring to the recent air base attack. Further details were not disclosed.

Over the past year, Russian forces have deployed Iranian-manufactured exploding drones against Ukrainian targets.

Contributions to this report were made by Jon Gambrell of Big Big News, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

For further updates on the Ukraine conflict, visit Big Big News Russia-Ukraine Coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Russia-Turkey Meeting

What is the main subject of the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

The main subject of the meeting has not been explicitly stated, but it comes on the heels of a collapsed agricultural agreement that allowed Ukraine to export grain through Black Sea ports.

Where and when is the meeting between Putin and Erdogan scheduled to take place?

The meeting is scheduled to occur in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi on the coming Monday.

What was the nature of the agreement between Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey that recently fell apart?

In July 2022, Turkey, with support from the United Nations, brokered a deal that permitted Ukraine to export grain and other food products from three Black Sea ports. A separate memorandum between Russia and the U.N. was designed to resolve issues affecting Russia’s export of food and fertilizer. Russia withdrew from these agreements, citing unmet conditions.

How are drone attacks impacting the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

Drone attacks targeting Russian territory have increased in frequency, becoming almost a daily occurrence. These drone incursions appear to be reaching deeper into Russian territory, and Russian authorities attribute them to Ukraine. These incidents have escalated the conflict and seem designed to exert pressure on Russia.

What kind of aircraft were targeted in the recent drone attacks on Russian soil?

The recent drone attacks targeted Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military cargo planes. At least two of these aircraft were reportedly destroyed at a Russian air base.

Has Ukraine officially claimed responsibility for the drone attacks?

Ukrainian officials typically neither confirm nor deny responsibility for attacks on Russian soil, making it unclear whether the drones are launched from within Ukraine or from inside Russia.

What new developments have come from the Ukrainian side regarding long-range weapons?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine has developed a weapon capable of hitting targets 700 kilometers away. However, he did not provide further details about this new capability.

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GlobalAffairs101 September 1, 2023 - 12:59 pm

So many moving parts – drones, grain deals, secret meetings. It’s like a global chess game and we’re just waiting to see who makes the next move.

FinanceGuru September 1, 2023 - 3:56 pm

If Ukraine’s got a weapon with that kind of range, that’s a game changer. Gotta consider the impacts on global markets.

CryptoQueen September 1, 2023 - 5:19 pm

Interesting stuff. curious how this meeting will affect crypto markets, especially in Russia and Turkey. Keep an eye on this.

JohnSmith42 September 1, 2023 - 7:03 pm

Wow, didn’t see this coming! Russia pulling outta the grain deal right before meeting Erdogan? Something big’s goin on, mark my words.

PoliticalObserver September 1, 2023 - 8:59 pm

Russia and Turkey meeting now? That’s pretty strategic. If they form a strong alliance, Western countries could have a real problem on their hands.

SimpleCitizen September 2, 2023 - 3:02 am

im not an expert but this all sounds like it’s going to get worse before it gets better. can’t we all just get along?

militaryGuy September 2, 2023 - 5:34 am

Those Il-76s ain’t cheap, y’know. Whoever’s behind these drone attacks is hittin Russia where it hurts. and it ain’t stoppin anytime soon, looks like.

InvestorJ September 2, 2023 - 6:14 am

Pay attention, people. This could have ripple effects on various sectors, not just agriculture and defense. I’m rethinking my portfolio right now.


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