Putin is going to visit a NATO country? The appointment date has appeared

According to press reports, Türkiye expects a possible visit from Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 12.

Authorities in Ankara expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Turkey on February 12, while Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will visit Ankara on January 24, Russian news agencies reported, citing Turkish press.

The media did not provide further details about Putin’s visit. On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the exact schedule for Putin’s visits to Turkey and North Korea has not yet been determined and is being negotiated through diplomatic channels.

Raisi’s twice previously postponed visit to Turkey will coincide with a meeting of the Supreme Cooperation Council between Turkey and Iran. About ten agreements and memoranda are expected to be signed after the meeting.

In addition, the parties will also discuss topics such as the fight against terrorism and the situation in the Middle East.

Will Putin visit Turkey? It would be the first in a NATO country since the start of the war in Ukraine

There has been talk for several months about a possible trip by the Russian president to Turkey. Reuters wrote in June last year that Putin’s visit would be the first to a NATO member state since he ordered Russian soldiers into Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan has tried to maintain good relations with both Moscow and Kiev since the start of the war. Turkey has refused to join Western allies in imposing economic sanctions on Russia, while also supplying weapons to Ukraine and calling for respect for its sovereignty.

Ankara also helped broker a prisoner exchange and jointly negotiated an agreement with the UN in July 2022 that allowed the safe export of grain from Ukrainian ports via the Black Sea.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March 2023 over Russian war crimes in Ukraine, meaning he could be arrested if he travels abroad. However, Ankara is not a party to the Rome Statute, which regulates the ICC’s activities, so Putin’s possible visit to Turkey does not pose a risk to him.

Source: Do Rzeczy