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gas now more important than peace (Overview)

The Russian president set about reconciling the former Soviet republics

For the fourth time in three months, Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The two leaders spoke at a conference in the Kazakh capital Astana on Thursday. However, they discussed economic issues rather than the war in Ukraine – a decision that surprised the international political elite.

Before the start of the joint meeting, Erdogan said that

will continue to insist on peace between Russia and Ukraine,

however difficult the goal may be. “All of us are closely experiencing the effects of the crisis in Ukraine on a regional and global scale,” Erdogan said. “I always say that a just peace can be established by diplomacy.”

Until now, Turkey has been one of the most active countries working for a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia. Since the beginning of the war, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two countries and host peace talks, emphasizing its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Although Erdogan opposed international sanctions against Moscow, he decided to close his straits to prevent Russian ships from easily passing through the Black Sea.

However, at this meeting, the Turkish leader made the surprising decision not to negotiate peace between Russia and Ukraine, but to protect the flourishing trade ties between Ankara and Moscow. “While Turkey’s and Russia’s moves will unsettle certain circles, they will make less developed countries happy,” he said.

Putin also took a more economic approach, telling his ally about

his idea to created a gas hub in Turkey

Just a day ago, in his speech at the Russian Energy Week forum, the head of state mentioned that Moscow could move gas transit from the damaged Nord Stream to Turkish Stream. According to him, such a decision is justified from the point of view of economic benefit. In addition, this route is considered safer by the Russian authorities.

After the leaders’ meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that the instructions on the gas issue require a quick and detailed preparation of an implementation plan.

As key topics for maintaining world peace, the cessation of bloodshed and threats that violate understanding in Europe, but also in West Asia, where tensions due to suppressed conflicts in the past are brewing more and more, were discussed. This time, Putin played the role of a peacemaker, who held separate meetings with the leaders of the warring countries and urged them not to give up diplomacy.

The Russian head of state condemned any misunderstandings between the countries, part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, because he explained that ill-wishers would easily take advantage of the situation, which could destabilize the entire region.

The prospects for the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue were discussed. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev also had the opportunity to speak with the Russian leader. Putin offered him the organization of a tripartite meeting between Moscow, Baku and Yerevan.

Russia also weighed in on the complicated situation between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, saying it would help in any way it could, as long as it was acceptable to the leaders of both countries. Attention has been paid to the Kremlin’s attempts to demilitarize the borders in the region, which is particularly noticeable around Kazakhstan.

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