Russia commits to increased gas exports to Türkiye and ‘Gas Hub’ creation amid upcoming Putin-Erdoğan meeting

Russia has made a commitment to increase gas exports to Türkiye and create a “Gas Hub” there, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after speaking with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan, Reuters reported. Lavrov also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet soon. According to two Turkish sources, the meeting will take place in the Russian resort of Sochi on September 4, and the main topic of the conversation between the two presidents will be the export of grain through the Black Sea, BTA reported.

Lavrov said Russia was ready to return to the Black Sea grain deal, which allowed Ukraine to export grain through the Black Sea, as soon as concrete measures were taken to resolve all issues related to the agreement. Russia pulled out of the deal in July, saying Western sanctions were hampering its own food and fertilizer exports.

Considering that Presidents Putin and Erdogan are preparing for their next meeting, I think that today we can consider in detail the issues that will be discussed

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

before the start of the meeting with Fidan, TASS reported. According to Lavrov, the informal high-level meeting between the two presidents will take place “as soon as possible” and at it the leaders will “examine all areas of our partnership”.


We note the dynamic development of bilateral relations, the intensive, trust-filled political dialogue continues, first of all at the highest level, between Presidents Putin and Erdogan, who have been in regular contact recently

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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