Putin, Erdogan Hold Joint Press Conference After Meeting in Moscow

© REUTERS / Osman OrsalRussian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a joint news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a joint news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a joint press conference following a meeting in Moscow.


Vladimir Putin on bilateral cooperation

"Today we have had 6 meetings on the highest level. The atmosphere was very constructive," President Putin told reporters. The two presidents discussed economic issues, cooperation in the humanitarian sphere.

Russia is considering Turkey as key partner and Moscow is ready to develop political dialogue with Ankara at highest level, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"We can say with certainty that our countries have returned to the path of authentic multi-faceted partnership," Putin said at a news conference following expanded talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) ahead of their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, on March 10, 2017 - Sputnik International
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"I'd like to emphasize that we view Turkey as our key partner. We are ready to maintain active political dialogue at the highest level," Putin said.

Vladimir Putin on Russian tourists security in Turkey

Russia’s relevant agencies have been ordered to ensure security of Russian tourists in Turkey, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"The relevant agencies were ordered to intensify the elaboration of issues of ensuring the security of Russian tourists, who are yet again showing interest in holidaying at Turkish resorts," Putin said after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also assessed the level of cooperation between Russian and Turkish security services as high.

"We rate as very high the level of cooperation reached by security services between Russia and Turkey, between the military agencies of both countries. Only thanks to our cooperation and inclusion of our Iranian partners and friends were we able to achieve ceasefire [in Syria]," Putin said after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin on energy cooperation

Russia expects that the project to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, will soon receive the status of a so-called strategic investment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"We expect that in the near future the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be given the status of a strategic investment," Putin said at a press conference following the Russian-Turkish talks.

"We also agreed to create joint investment fund. Energy is one of our prioritites," the president added.

Russia and Turkey agreed construction of the Blue Stream pipeline. European partners can participate in this project if they want to, the president noted.

Putin on situation in Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he discussed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the situation in Syria, the sides noted the need to join efforts in the fight against terrorism.

"Much attention was paid to the situation in the Middle East, to Syria in particular during an exchange of opinions on the current international issues. The sides called for joining efforts of the international community in the fight against terrorism," Putin said after the meeting.

According to the Russian president, the countries agreed to cooperate actively in the fight against terror.

"We agreed with our Turkish colleagues to actively cooperate in the fight against terrorist groups, first of all Daesh, by working together via military and security services," he added.

The ceasefire in Syria is generally being observed thanks to the coordinated efforts of Russia, Turkey and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Due to the coordinated actions of Russia, Turkey and Iran, the ceasefire in Syria is generally being observed, the level of violence has decreased significantly," Putin said after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Moreover, Vladimir Putin did not rule out possible involvement of the United States in joint efforts on the settlement of the Syrian crisis.

Erdogan on bilateral cooperation

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Putin for hospitality.

Turkish President said that Turkey had completed the process of normalization of relations with Russia during his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

"We managed to overcome provocative actions and all issues. Much work was done to normalize our relations. We think that there is a noticeable shift in our relations. I think that we completely the process of normalization as a result of our meeting today," Erdogan said after the meeting.

According to the Turkish president, the talks in Moscow earlier in the day confirmed the intention to intensify cooperation.

"Even if we do not agree on all issues, we keep all channels of communications open, as a result of the establishment of mutual trust we shall continue strengthening cooperation," Erdogan said.

Turkish president also said that he hopes that Russia will remove all economic sanctions against Turkey.

"We can also improve trade by providing payments in our national currencies," Erdogan told reporters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to keep strengthening cooperation between Russia and Turkey despite differences on certain issues.

"Even if we do not agree on all issues, we still leave open all channels of communication — as a result of establishing mutual trust, we will continue to strengthen our cooperation," Erdogan said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan on situation in Syria

"We have also talked about Syria," Erdogan said. The two presidents discussed what can be done to resolve the Syrian conflict as well as other military conflicts (for example Nagorno-Karabakh conflict).

"We believe that all problems in Syria should be resolved," Turkish president said.

Erdogan expressed once again his condolences to the family of Russian diplonat Karlov killed in Turkey.

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