Putin greets Erdogan on the porch of his Sochi residence.
The press captures every gesture, every phrase.
Good afternoon! What weather we got today!
Yes, the weather is fine.
But then the conversation goes about political climate in the Middle East.
They repeat in Ankara: They are in favor of a peaceful settlement, but they are ready to resume Operation Peace Spring.
The situation is extremely complex.
The situation in the region is very acute, we all see it, we understand it.
And I think our meeting today, our consultations are very much in demand.
I want to express the hope that the level of Russian-Turkish relations that has been achieved lately
will play a role in resolving all the complex issues that have arisen in the region today,
and will make it possible to find answers to all, even very complex questions,
in the interests of both Turkey and Russia, in the interests of all countries in the region.
Mr. President, first of all, thank you for your invitation to come to Sochi.
I hope that we will be able to discuss this situation in more detail during our negotiations.
And this will bring us closer to peace in Syria.
Dialogue in Sochi is closely watched in the USA and Europe.
Shortly before the talks, Putin spoke with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel.
The Turkish military operation irritated “the Old World”,
but the millions of refugees who may again find themselves on the streets of European cities are an effective lever in Erdogan’s hands.
Leaders discuss face-to-face prospects for a settlement.
There are a lot of documents in front of Erdogan – the red folder.
It’s already clear: the negotiations have clearly dragged on.
Journalists gathered in the press conference room. Everything is ready here – flags, stands are installed.
Some are actively discussing what the outcome of the summit might be.
Others are sitting on the floor, apparently already pretty tired.
The main question is whether Turkey will resume the military operation?
The allotted pause expires in the coming hours.
Russia’s position is well known, it is ready to facilitate direct dialogue between Turkey and Syria.
Everyone is looking forward to the presidents announcing the outcome of the meeting.
In a situation where the US administration continues to maneuver, and the resource of European diplomatic capabilities is limited,
Russia has become, in fact, the most influential arbiter in the region.
And the way Moscow intends to control its influence is beyond any doubt.
It is about forming a solid foundation on which is possible to build a long-term political solution to the Syrian crisis.