Erdoğan set to host Putin, meet Egypt's el-Sissi, reports say

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to engage in crucial talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Türkiye before heading to Egypt for discussions with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, according to local reports.

Putin's visit scheduled for Feb. 12 marks his first trip to a NATO ally since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The two leaders are expected to address regional concerns, including the war in Ukraine, the situation in Syria, and Israel's actions in Gaza, the daily Hürriyet has reported.

The talks are also expected to cover developments in the Red Sea involving Yemen's Houthi rebels, the daily quoted sources as saying.

Notably, Ankara has long sought to convince Russia to return to a key grain initiative, brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye to provide protected exports from Ukrainian ports after Moscow withdrew last July following a year of implementation.

Türkiye, which shares a maritime border with both Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea, has sought to maintain good ties with both nations since Moscow's invasion. It has provided military support to Kiev and voiced support for its territorial integrity, but it also opposes sanctions on Russia.

Putin's international travels have been constrained since March last year, following an arrest warrant issued against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the alleged deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia, a war crime.

Moscow has denied the accusations, dismissing the warrant as legally void due to its non-membership in the ICC. Türkiye is also not a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Following his meeting with Putin, Erdoğan will embark on a two-day visit to Egypt, scheduled for Feb. 13, the daily wrote. The visit aims...

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