Ukraine war: Putin meets Iran’s Khamenei, Turkey’s Erdogan in a desperate attempt to gain support

Ukraine war: Putin meets Iran's Khamenie, Turkey's Erdgoan in a desperate attempt to gain support

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met Turkish and Iranian leaders in Tehran. This marks his only second foreign trip since he attacked Ukraine in February.

Apart from the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, the Syrian civil war was also discussed, with Turkey and Russia.

This summit can be seen as a chance for Russia to show it still has international allies. Soon after their meeting, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tehran and Moscow should strengthen their ties while blaming the West for the Ukraine war.

The US pointed out Russian leader’s anxiety manifested through this meeting with Iran and Turkey.

After invading Ukraine, Russia lost many ties and allies over what it calls a ‘special military operation.’

But Russia seems to be keen to prove how the international sanctions failed to isolate it.

Russia’s old allies like Turkey and Iran are still sticking with it.

In Iran, Vladimir Putin also held his first face-to-face meeting since the start of the Ukraine war with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

When it comes to tightening pressure on Russia through sanctions, Turkey had refused to join other Nato members against Moscow.

Furthermore, Turkey’s Erdogan has been trying to negotiate an end to the grain blockade in the Black Sea.

It is stopping millions of tonnes of grain from leaving Ukraine and being delivered to countries around the world.

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