Putin to meet Erdoğan in January during pipeline opening

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkey in January for the opening of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan planned the visit during one of their recent phone conversations, Peskov said, according to Anadolu.

Preparations for the visit are underway, Peskov said.

The meeting between Putin and Erdoğan would be the latest in a succession of talks and phone conversations between the two leaders as they cooperate on a roadmap for war-torn Syria and Turkey considers purchasing another battery of Russian S-400 air defence missiles.

TurkStream is set to initially carry 15.75 billion cubic metres of gas to Turkey. The two countries envision expanding the system with a second line transporting an additional 15.75 billion cubic metres to Europe via Turkey.