Putin urges restraint on Turkey-Syria crisis
Mr. Putin said that Syria's attacks on Turkey were "accidental," adding that Syria has too many other problems now to unleash a war against its neighbor.
When asked to comment on Turkey's plans to place Patriot missiles on its border, Mr. Putin said: “Firstly, this is an outdated system. Secondly, we do share Turkey's concerns over the issue and understand the feelings of the Turkish nation but we call on both sides to show restraint.”
Russia’s and Turkey’s positions on the Syrian crisis fully coincide but solution methods vary, President Vladimir Putin said during a joint press-conference with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul. The Syrian issue dominated the agenda of the talks, the VoR`s reporter says.
Mr. Putin said that he and Mr. Erdogan agreed to instruct their foreign ministers to hold additional consultations on Syria to exchange new ideas on how the crisis could be solved.
Russia shares Turkey`s concerns over the situation on the Syrian border but opposes Ankara`s plans to place Patriot missiles in the area.
Russia fears deploying NATO Patriot anti-aircraft missiles near Turkey’s border with Syria will create even more serious instability in the surrounding region.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov spoke about this to the media in Istanbul Monday as President Putin and Prime Minister Erdogan discussed the matter at a summit held in Turkey’s biggest city. He also said taking sides in the Syrian conflict would only make matters worse.
The agenda of the Istanbul summit also includes other international problems and the prospects of cooperation between Russia and Turkey. Reports just in say President Putin is attending a session of the Russia-Turkey cooperation council.
Russia is to spend over $20bln to finance the Turkish nuclear electricity project in Akkuyu in Mersin Province. At least one quarter of this sum will go to hire and train local workforce.
President Putin spoke about this in Istanbul Monday after emerging from a session of the Russia-Turkey cooperation council.
He also said that Russia is stepping up its gas supplies to Turkey by the Blue Stream pipeline laid under the Black Sea.
The Blue Stream reduces the need for overland gas transit to Turkey across Ukraine, Moldova, Rumania and Bulgaria. It should also help Russia export natural gas to Middle Eastern countries other than Turkey.
The current flow along the pipe is at 16bln cubic metres a year.
Talks between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan have kicked off in Istanbul.
Mr. Putin joined Recep Erdogan for a protocol photo shoot at the premier’s residence straight after arriving in the Turkish capital earlier today. Afterwards, photographers were asked to leave and the meeting continued behind the closed doors of Dolmabahçe Palace.
A session of Turkish-Russian High Level Cooperation Council is slated to take place in the palace after the meeting.
Dolmabahçe Palace is located on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Since 2007, it has been the official residence of Turkish prime ministers.
The deployment of NATO Patriot complexes in Turkey "is a concern to Russia and does not contribute to the stabilization of the already fragile situation" in the region, the President's Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Istanbul on Monday.
He noted that this issue will be addressed in today's talks. Peskov will accompany President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Istanbul. Shortly after his arrival in Turkey, Putin began closed-door talks with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.
After exploring the terrain, NATO and Turkish officers have chosen sites for deploying three Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries in southeastern Turkey.
They wil unveil their conclusions at a session of NATO Foreign to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Turkey asked NATO to deploy as many as 6 Patriot batteries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Istanbul for the third meeting of Russia-Turkey Cooperation Council.
Mr. Putin and Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan are expected to hold both private and open talks, the outcome of which they will then report to journalists.
“The talks will focus on the details of bilateral cooperation, its status quo and outlook,” Putin’s aid Yuri Ushakov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to visit Istanbul this Monday for talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on promoting bilateral relations and a settlement in Syria.
The issues will be taken up as part of a summit meeting of the Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council, said the Russian President’s aide Yuri Ushakov.
The parties to the talks will specifically focus on major joint trade and investment projects, high-tech cooperation, as well as cooperation in the field of production, research and technology, and in cultural and humanitarian ties.
Russia is Turkey’s second most important trade partner, with Germany being the first, while Turkey ranks seventh on the Russian foreign trade market.
Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA