According to sources, Erdoğan has now added a trip on his agenda to Russia to pay a face to face visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During this one day trip, scheduled for July 18th, Prime Minister Erdoğan will not only be paying a visit to Putin, but he will also be meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The ides for Erdoğan's Russia visit first surfaced during a telephone conversation with Putin held on June 27th. During the telephone conversation, Erdoğan suggested, "It might be best to speak face to face on the Syria issue. Let's schedule a meeting and then maybe I can come."
Prime Minister Erdoğan will be relaying details on the Turkish jet which was shot down by Syria in the Mediterranean when he meets face to face with Putin. Erdoğan will also relay the fact that Assad has yet to fulfill any promises and will deliver the message, "Withdraw your support for Assad, he is now also hurting you."
ERDOĞAN'S BUSY SCHEDULE
Prime Minister Erdoğan also put a call in to Putin yesterday in order to offer his condolences for the disastrous flooding in Russia. Meanwhile, after a ten-day vacation, the Prime Minister will be returning to his regular intense schedule. Today, Erdoğan will be attending an AK Party meeting for provincial chairmen.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Yahya Bostan.