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Turkey Not Seeing Russia as Competitor - Turkish Economy Minister

© Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov / Go to the photo bankTurkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci - Sputnik International
Turkey and Russia are not competitors on the market as the economies of the two countries successfully complement one another, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Zeybekci stressed that the countries should use their opportunities and develop further cooperation, not limiting it to only gas and vegetable trade.

"Russia is no way our competitor, it is not an obstacle on our way. We are countries that perfectly complement one another," Zeybekci said at the opening of the 18th joint meeting of Russia-Turkish Business Council in Istanbul.

"Despite the overall crisis tendencies in the world, our cooperation might lead to good results," Zeybekci said.

In November 2015, Turkey downed the Russian Su-24 plane, which was on an anti-terror mission over Syria. Following the incident, the relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated, with Moscow demanding that Ankara should apologize for downing the plane and cover any associated material losses to the country and the pilot's family.

In June, the Russia-Turkey relations began to thaw after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized in a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the incident and offered his condolences to the family of the killed pilot.

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