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Putin meets Erdogan in Russia. What did he ask?

Putin meets Erdogan in Russia. What did he ask?

Moscow is seeking an agreement to strengthen economic cooperation with Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday as he hosted his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southern city of Sochi.

The meeting took place as the Kremlin's occupation of Ukraine continued into its sixth month.

"I hope that today we can sign a memorandum on strengthening our economic and trade ties, " Putin said at the beginning of the meeting with Erdogan, broadcast on Russian television.

Putin also highlighted Ankara's role in the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the TurkStream pipeline. "European partners should be grateful to Turkey, because it ensures the uninterrupted transit of Russian gas," Putin said.

For his part, Erdogan said he hoped his meeting with Putin would open a new page in Russian-Turkish relations, adding that delegations from the two countries had held very productive talks on trade and tourism.