Preparations are underway for a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Samarkand on the sidelines of the Shangai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit next week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, APA reports.
"A conversation between Putin and Erdogan is already being prepared ... as we expect, will take place in Samarkand.
This conversation is really overdue. We see that the Istanbul agreements are being implemented on grain. We see that especially this implementation does not bring any benefits to poor states, poor countries, because only two ships with a cargo of food arrived in these poor countries," Peskov told reporters, noting that the grain deal is the first thing to discuss.
The sides will also discuss the access of Russian food to the international markets, the official added.