It was reported that the authorities of Turkey and Russia have started active discussions on extending the areas of transition to national currencies in mutual arrangements.
"We are now actively discussing with our Russian partners the areas in which we can transition to national currencies. You know that the process started in the energy sector, in our interaction on gas markets. Economic relations between the two countries are developing in all areas and we are accordingly carrying out the instructions of our leaders, who have indicated the effectiveness of this step. The process will not be easy, but the main thing is that there is political will and concrete tasks," a source in the Turkish leader's administration told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on G20 leaders to meet some of Russia's demands in order to resume the "grain deal," Bloomberg reported. According to the report, he is seeking support for his initiative in closed meetings with Western leaders, the report said.
At the same time, Russian forces destroyed a Turkish-made T-122 Sakarya T-122 multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. "Over the past 24 hours, in [the direction of Kupiansk] a T-122 Sakarya MLRS combat vehicle made in Turkey was destroyed," the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.
Russian state news agency TASS reported that the T-122 Sakarya T-122 Sakarya multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) is an adaptation of the BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system from Turkey. This combat vehicle is equipped with a satellite navigation system, which allows it to launch long-range missiles that reach distances of up to 40 kilometers.
In November 2022, Turkey sent to Ukraine a battery of this MLRS, equipped with four launchers.
The Defense Ministry said: "Over the past 24 hours, up to 25 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, three vehicles, two US-made M777 artillery systems, two US-made M777 artillery systems have been destroyed in this [Kupiansk] direction, a French TRF1 and D-20 howitzer, a French TRF1 and D-20 howitzer, a Gvozdika self-propelled artillery vehicle and a Turkish-made T-122 Sakarya MLRS combat vehicle were [also] destroyed in this direction."
He added that during the previous day, Ukraine lost more than 255 servicemen in the direction of Donetsk. "The enemy lost more than 255 servicemen, two infantry fighting vehicles, six vehicles, as well as a Gvozdika self-propelled artillery vehicle [in the direction of Donetsk]."
In addition, the ministry said that up to 80 Ukrainian servicemen and five vehicles were destroyed in the direction of Kherson. "During the battle against the artillery, the US M777 artillery system, as well as Msta-B and D-30 howitzers were hit."
Moscow claimed in May that the Ukrainian army bombed the town of Yasinovataya in Russian-occupied Donetsk using the Turkish T-122 Sakarya multi-launch rocket system. A Russian mission in Donetsk reported at the time: "Fragments of TR-122 extended-range (up to 40 kilometers) missiles from the T-122 Sakarya MLRS T-122 Sakarya system, supplied by Turkey, were found at the site of the collision."