President Abdullah Gül paid a state visit to the Kremlin between February 12 and 15, 2009 at the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
As part of his programme, Mr. Gül held a meeting with Turkish businessmen and paid a visit to the State Duma and the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Following his official welcoming ceremony held at the Kremlin Palace, Mr. Gül had a tête-à-tête meeting with Mr. Medvedev. The delegations of both countries, headed by their respective presidents, had talks after which they held a joint press conference.
Mr. Gül attended the Turkish-Russian Business Council meeting and held bilateral talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Mr. Gül attended a dinner given by Mr. Medvedev in his honour.
During the talks, the two countries signed a Joint Declaration to promote a new phase of bilateral relations and to improve the friendship and multidimensional partnership between the two countries.
Following his talks in Moscow, Mr. Gül went on to Kazan, the capital city of the Tatar Republic of the Russian Federation, on February 14.
After a private meeting at the Presidential Palace, the two presidents chaired their respective delegations during the talks between their countries. Then Mr. Gül and the Tatar President Mintimer Shaimiev held a joint press conference.
Mr. Gül visited an exhibition that displayed the economic and industrial potential of Tatarstan after which he was accompanied by Mr. Shaimiev to attend the Turkish/Tatar Business Forum.
Mr. Gül was awarded an honorary doctorate by Kazan State University.
Mr. Gül is the first Turkish president ever to pay a visit to Tatarstan.