PUTIN TO DISCUSS FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, ENERGY INDUSTRY, MILITARY-TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FREEDOM OF SHIPPING IN ANKARA

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BANGALORE/ANKARA, December 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss issues of the fight against terrorism, cooperation in the energy industry and military-technical spheres, and freedom of shipping in the Black Sea straits.

According to the Russian President's aide Sergei Prikhodko, the discussion of new ways of cooperation will be key issue on the agenda of the current Russian-Turkish talks.

"The sides plan to discuss ways of strengthening economic ties, issues related to energy industry, investments, real sector of economy where interest of Russian business might be well represented," he said.

He also emphasized that the sides would discuss urgent regional and international problems.

"Russia and Turkey will focus on cooperation in the sphere of the fight against international terrorism, especially in the context of the situation in the Northern Caucasus, separatism, organized crime, and illicit trade in narcotics," Mr. Prikhodko stated.

According to the presidential aide, in the sphere of trade and economic cooperation, Russia and Turkey emphasize energy sphere, "with primary focus on the increase of the supply of natural gas through Blue Stream pipeline. "The volume of the bilateral trade turnover with Turkey in the next two-three years will exceed $10 billion, and considering the so-called "shuttle" trade - $12-13 billion a year," the presidential aide said.

Moscow believes that the countries have significant potential in the military-technical and aerospace industry spheres, as well. "These issues will be also on the agenda of the talks," Mr. Prikhodko underlined.

Another topic on the agenda is the freedom of shipping in the Black Sea straits. "The freedom of shipping is established by the 1936 Convention. It does not mention any limitations on shipping in the area," Mr. Prikhodko stated. He informed RIA Novosti correspondent that the Russian side would insist that Turkey should observe the provisions of this document.

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