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    MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow will thoroughly consider Turkey's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2009-2010, Russian acting Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov told his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul on Wednesday.

    According to Ivanov, Russia regards Turkey "as a good neighbor, close and promising partner in regional and international affairs." "The visit to Russia by the Turkish Prime Minister in December 2002 boosted our interaction," Igor Ivanov noted.

    In his words, the main trends of Russian-Turkish cooperation were outlined during the December talks between Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "I am convinced that your visit to Russia will mark an important stage in the development of friendly relations between our countries," Ivanov said.

    On his part, Abdullah Gul stressed that Turkey and Russia are playing important roles in the region and boast long historic relations.

    "Our relations have been recently expanding and refreshing," Gul said.

    The Turkish Foreign Minister agreed with Vladimir Putin's statement that Russian-Turkish relations are "many-sided partnership."

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