03:00 GMT02 August 2021
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a key energy deal, as well as reiterated the need for humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria, on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul on Monday to attend a special session of the World Energy Congress, as well as to hold talks with his Turkish and Venezuelan counterparts.

    After holding lengthy bilateral talks, the two leaders signed an agreement on the 'Turkish Stream' pipeline project, to step up preparations for the start of construction. The construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant was also discussed during the meeting. 

    President Putin said following the signing ceremony that the agreement also envisions gas price discount for Turkey.

    According to Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, the annual capacity of each leg is estimated at 15 billion and 750 million cubic meters of natural gas.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara is sure that the process of normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey will continue at full pace.

    In terms of Turkish-Russian relations today we had a very efficient and rich full-time working day. As a result of our work, certain agreements have been signed. I am absolutely confident that the process of normalization of Turkish-Russian relations will continue at full pace," Erdogan said.

    Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan also discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria, including joint efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo. 

    "We share with Turkey the understanding that every effort must be taken to ensure secure deliveries of humanitaian aid to residents of Aleppo," Putin said.

    Putin added Moscow and Ankara agreed to continue efforts to support the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to transfer Nusra Front militants from Aleppo to Idlib.

    Russia's Roscosmos space corporation is ready to participate in launches of Turkish telecoms satellites, according to Putin.

    "We have discussed expansion of our cooperation…in the area of space exploration," Putin said.

    "In particular, Russian space corporation Roscosmos is ready to participate in a tender on construction and launches of Turkish telecommunication satellites," Putin said.


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