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‘Sweet payback’: Putin kept waiting by Erdogan in awkward moment ahead of Tehran talks

Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has kept Vladimir Putin in line ahead of bilateral talks with Iran. This is two years after the Russian leader did it.

Mr Putin looked “frazzled” according to The National’s correspondent. He waited for around 50 seconds for the Turkish strongman, and then joined him.

Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu captured the Russian president in awkward posture and sometimes stumbling as Anadolu focused on his stern-looking eyes while he stood alone.

He is eventually seen smiling as Mr Erdogan walks towards his face, and the pair exchange hands before turning to face the cameras. Mr Putin seems to grimace.

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They were visiting Iran to hold bilateral and trilateral talks and meet with Iranian leaders. Russia is seeking to improve ties with Iran.

Erdogan wanted to talk about grain shipments to Ukraine and security in Syria where both Russian forces and Iranian forces are active.

Joyce Karam, a senior journalist for The National, said on Twitter that it was “sweet revenge for Erdogan” who was humiliated in 2020 by Putin when he made Erdogan wait for 2 minutes during a power play in Russia.

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Al Arabiya reported that Russian media had released a video in March 2020 showing Mr Erdogan and his delegation waiting for Mr Putin to meet them.

This was Putin’s second overseas trip since Russia invaded Ukraine in Feb.

No ships have left Black Sea ports with Ukrainian grain. This is estimated to feed 400 million people worldwide. It has also encouraged a black marketplace in allegedly plunder Ukrainian wheat.

According to the World Food Programme 47 million people will be more likely to experience acute hunger as a result of a shortage of wheat. If shipments from Ukraine-held ports are not resumed, this could lead to severe hunger .

Image Vladimir Putin (L), pictured with the Turkish president, after he kept him waiting two minutes in March 2020

Following his meeting with Mr Erdogan, Mr Putin stated that Russia was open to facilitating Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. However, he also demanded the removal of any restrictions on Russian grain exports.

He stated that not all issues regarding grain shipments had been resolved, but that the fact there was movement is encouraging.

He said that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates offered to mediate between Russia, Ukraine. However, Moscow didn’t see any desire for Ukraine to fulfill the terms of the preliminary peace agreement he had signed in March.

Image Vladimir Putin awkwardly stood still for almost a minute while he waited for the Turkish president.

The Ukrainian government did not immediately respond to the remarks of Mr Putin.

Analysts believe that the trilateral meeting between Mr Erdogan and Iranian leaders was a clear message to the West regarding Russian plans to build closer strategic ties with non-Western nations as sanctions continue to be imposed on Russia.

Khamenei, who was on his trip to Iran, spoke about his desire for long-term cooperation with Russia and Iran. He also told Mr Putin that the two countries must remain vigilant against “Western deception”.

Image Yesterday, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran met with Mr Putin during his visit to Iran

This comes just days after the White House stated that Russian officials visited Iran’s airfield at least twice in order to inspect drones from Iran that could be used in Ukraine.

John Kirby, White House spokesperson for national security, stated that Mr Putin’s visit to Iran demonstrated how isolated Russia has become.

Following the summit, Syria, a strong ally to Russia and Iran, announced that it had officially severed diplomatic ties with Ukraine as a response to Kyiv’s similar move.

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