The years-long Syrian conflict will be one of the key topics at the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Saint Petersburg, with experts saying that both leaders will reach an understanding on how to put an end to violence in the embattled Arab country.
Vladimir Sotnikov, a researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was optimistic about the talks. "I think that Russia and Turkey will find common ground on key issues," he told RIA Novosti.
After all both leaders are again on speaking terms following the worst incident in recent bilateral history that sent relations between Russia and Turkey into a deep freeze. They have improved since Erdogan sent Vladimir Putin a letter of apology for Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane in Syria.
The bilateral ties grew even warmer after Moscow ostensibly warned Ankara of an imminent coup hours before a group of Turkish military officers tried to overthrow Erdogan.
"Russia's moral and also political support is extremely important for the Turkish leader in his standoff with his Western partners that emerged in the wake of the coup," the analyst said. For its part, Moscow wants Ankara to "recognize Russia's national interests that are particularly evident in Syria at the moment."
Terrorist groups, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front, have utilized this area to rearm, resupply and rest where the Syrian Arab Army and Russian warplanes cannot attack them. If the border is fully sealed, they will not be able to operate in Syria.
"The failed military coup created additional prerequisites for a thaw between Erdogan and Putin," the publication added.
Professor Mesut Hakki Casin echoed these sentiments, adding that "Ankara is going through a period of the biggest loss of trust in its key ally, the United States," in a comment for Deutsche Welle.
The Milli Gazette suggested that the coup could have been an attempt to prevent Turkey from fostering closer relations with Russia.
The media outlet further said that if Putin and Erdogan reach an agreement on Syria during the August 9 talks, "the deal will have a significant impact on the Greater Middle East project" as Washington's foreign policy strategy for the region is often called.