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Putin discusses Erdogan’s visit to Russia with Security Council

July 26, 15:24 UTC+3
Earlier today the Kremlin spokesman said that Putin and Erdogan will hold talks in St. Petersburg on August 9
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Turkish President Recep Tyyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Turkish President Recep Tyyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed preparations for Turkish President Recep Tyyip Erdogan’s visit to Russia with permanent members of Security Council, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

"In the context of preparing for the Turkish President Erdogan’s visit planned for the first half of August, Putin informed permanent members of Security Council about his recent direct telephone talks with Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netabuyahu," Peskov said.

Earlier today the Kremlin spokesman said that Putin and Erdogan will hold talks in St. Petersburg on August 9. Peskov noted that the agenda for talks is being coordinated.

The session of the Russian Security Council also focused "on the recent decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) toward Russian athletes ahead of Putin’s meeting with the Russian Olympic team planned for tomorrow," he noted.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction.

"The situation with wildfires in different regions of the country was also discussed at the session," Peskov noted. According to latest reports, around 4,000 hectares of wildfires is registered in Siberia, mostly in the Krasnoyarsk Krai, Irkutsk Region and Buryatia.

The meeting was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, heads of Russia’s Federal Security Service and Foreign Intelligence Service Alexander Bortnikov and Mikhail Fradkov, Security Council Deputy Secretary Rashid Nurgaliyev.

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