Putin and Erdogan meet as Ukraine war seethes

STORY: President Erdogan's supporters say the agreement, which could curb soaring global food prices, highlights the importance of NATO member Turkey's diplomatic contacts with both sides.

Although Turkey has criticized the Russian invasion and provided Ukraine with arms, it has broken with Western allies by not imposing sanctions on Russia.

Its ties with Russia range from close cooperation on energy supplies to military competition in Syria, Libya, and Azerbaijan.