Erdogan aide says Russia's Putin planning visit to Turkey in January

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) attend a joint news conference following Russian-Turkish talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 22, 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning a visit to Turkey in the first week of January, a senior aide to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told state broadcaster TRT Haber on Friday.

Ibrahim Kalin said Putin and Erdogan will discuss energy issues including the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, as well the details of an agreement between Ankara and Moscow for the Kurdish YPG militia to withdraw from Turkey’s borders with Syria.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay