“Turkey and Russia Agree on Closer and Stronger Cooperation in All Areas”

13.11.2017
“Turkey and Russia Agree on Closer and Stronger Cooperation in All Areas”

Holding a joint press conference with President Putin of Russia, President Erdoğan said: “Our bilateral trade volume has risen significantly in the first 3Q of 2017 in comparison with the same period of last year and exceeded $15 billion. All barriers before our businessmen, including visa-related ones, must be lifted to achieve our $100 billion goal.”


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation held a joint press conference in Sochi following their meeting.

“WE AGREED TO FURTHER DEEPEN OUR RELATIONS”

Noting that this was their 6th meeting in 2017, President Erdoğan said they agreed to further deepen the relations between Turkey and Russia.

Highlighting the rise in economic relations, President Erdoğan said: “During my visit on March, my dear friend Putin gave us the good news regarding the resolution of our citizens’ problems related to their working permits and also that certain agricultural products would be allowed into Russia, which made us glad. Since then, we have maintained our intense contacts to remove all barriers before our bilateral economic cooperation.”

“ALL OBSTACLES BEFORE OUR BUSINESSMEN MUST BE LIFTED”

Recalling that the Joint Economic Commission meeting was held in Kazan last month and stating that they welcomed the decisions made during that meeting to facilitate the entrance of products such as tomatoes, pomegranates, eggplants into the Russian market, President Erdoğan said: “However, we want the last remaining restrictions to be lifted.”

“Our bilateral trade volume has risen significantly in the first 3Q of 2017 in comparison with the same period of last year and exceeded $15 billion. All barriers before our businessmen, including visa-related ones, must be lifted to achieve our $100 billion goal. It is of great importance that the visa exemption regime be restored.”

“OUR COOPERATION ON TURKISH STREAM AND AKKUYU NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CONTINUES”

Noting that Turkey and Russia’s cooperation on the Turkish Stream and Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant continue, President Erdoğan said: “We attach great importance to realizing these projects on time. We, with pleasure, have observed that the pipe-laying activities on the Russian side of the Turkish Stream have been completed. Also, we want to hold the concrete pouring ceremony at Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in the upcoming weeks. If Mr. Putin’s schedule permits him, we would like to attend the ceremony together.”

“In the first 9 months of 2017, over 4 million Russian tourists visited Turkey. The Culture and Tourism Year, which will be held reciprocally in Turkey and Russia in 2019, will be an important turning point in our efforts.”

“WE DISCUSSED THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT THE SYRIAN CONFLICT”

“During our talks, we had an opportunity to discuss regional and international matters. We especially had an opportunity to discuss the latest developments about the Syrian conflict. In this regard, the Astana talks and the de-escalation memorandum have greatly contributed to lowering violence in the field. We both agree that at the point we have reached there is now a basis for us to focus on political resolution. Also, we attach importance to the joint statement made by Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump in Vietnam. In conclusion, I am pleased to see that the Turkey-Russia relations have reached a very advanced level.”

Underscoring that both sides agree on closer and stronger cooperation in all areas, President Erdoğan said he attaches great importance to joint steps in defense industry.

PRESIDENT PUTIN OF RUSSIA: “OUR RELATIONS HAVE BEEN FULLY RESTORED”

“Our relations have been practically fully restored. This is evidenced by the growth of bilateral trade. In the first 9 months of this year, it increased by 36 percent. There is every reason to believe that we will be able to compensate for last year's decline,” President Putin said.

Stating that the Syrian settlement was also on the agenda today, President Putin said he and President Erdoğan agreed, taking into consideration the recent achievements in the fight against terrorists, on the need to step up efforts to promote a political settlement in the country.

Thanking President Erdoğan and the Turkish delegation for their productive talks, President Putin noted that their joint efforts with Turkey and Iran as guarantor countries of the Astana Process continue to yield tangible results.

 

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