The leaders plan to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Kazakhstan, Hakan Fidan has confirmed FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press briefing last September in Sochi, Russia. © Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Turkish Presidency Handout /Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has confirmed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of next month’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Kazakh capital.

“In the coming days, Mr. President will probably meet with Mr. Putin himself in Kazakhstan,” Fidan said on Monday in an interview with Türkiye’s Habertürk TV.

The Turkish FM also reportedly indicated that Erdogan has invited Putin for a state visit to Ankara. “We are waiting for Mr. Putin to visit us,” he said. “Our president previously invited him. There was talk about his coming to us. But first, there were elections in Russia, then we had them. Perhaps in the coming days, the leaders will discuss this issue again.”

The SCO summit is scheduled to be held on July 3-4 in Astana. Earlier media reports suggested that Erdogan and Putin would discuss such issues as Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine and efforts to safeguard grain shipments through the Black Sea. Other likely topics include establishment of a natural-gas trading hub, construction of Türkiye’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, and elections in Kurdish regions of Syria.