Putin visits Turkey

Putin visits Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey on December 1 to attend the fifth session of the Top-Level Cooperation Council. He plans to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The sides will discuss cooperation in the trade-economic and energy sectors and international cooperation.

Tatarstan Leader Rustam Minnikhanov met with Turkish businessmen in Moscow on the eve of Putin’s upcoming visit.

Naki Karaaslan, the head of the association of Russian and Turkish businessmen, noted the great potential in development of Russian-Turkish cooperation. “The trade turnover between Russia and Turkey amounted to $35 billion last year, and we assume that this is only the beginning of our path, because the economies of Turkey and Russia harmonically supplement each other. We need to develop the harmony further.” Karaaslan emphasized that close and friendly relations between Russia and Turkey were especially important.

Russian Minister for Energy Alexander Novak says that Turkey is one of Russia’s main partners. Payments in rubles have doubled in the last three years. The Russian minister emphasised the development of bilateral relations in agricultural trade. “In 9 months the volume increased about 6-fold compared with the same period last year.” Novak confirmed the interest of Moscow and Ankara in 3 billion cubic meters of gas transportation via the Blue Stream pipeline.

Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim noted the firmness and durability of Russian-Turkish relations: “Historic ties, diplomatic ties between Russia and Turkey have existed for over 500 years. We have gone through different stages in our historical development, but the relations are very close and very firm, breaking them is impossible. Russia, with its enormous economic potential, just as Turkey, are mutually-beneficial partners.”

Tatarstan Leader Rustam Minnikhanov said that “Turkey takes first position in terms of joint ventures with foreign capital. There are 280 such ventures with Turkish business in the republic. The volume of Turkish investments amounts to $1.5 billion. The volume of trade between Tatarstan and Turkey exceeded $650 million last year. A quarter of all foreign investment in the Republic of Tatarstan comes from the Turkish Republic. Tatar-Turkish relations are developing in the fuel and energy sector, petrochemistry, car-manufacturing, wood-processing, the glass industry, construction, services, tourism and many other sectors. We opened Turkish factories on the territory of the Alabuga – Coskunoz special economic zone in August this year, KASTAMONU in September.”

Minnikhanov considers the visits by the Turkish president to Tatarstan in 2009, the prime minister in 2011, and those of ministers and governors of Turkish provinces to be a serious impetus for development of cooperation. “I have visited Turkey several times. I visited Antalya, Mersin and Adana this year. I took part in the inauguration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in August, I plan to visit Turkey as part of a Russian delegation next week to attend a session of the Top-Level Cooperation Council headed by the heads of our states,” Minnikhanov said.

Tatarstan is developing infrastructure to maintain ties with Turkey. “A Turkish consulate-general is successfully operating in Kazan, an office of Tatarstan is operating in Istanbul. Tatarstan and Turkey are connected by regular air connections, with flights to Istanbul from Kazan and Begishevo Airport. Just last week, our republic hosted an event within the framework of the year “Kazan – Cultural Capital of the Turkic World” and a gala concert of the Turkvision international TV contest,” Minnikhanov stated.

Tatarstan remains a locomotive of bilateral relationsRussian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey on December 1 to attend the fifth session of the Top-Level Cooperation Council. He plans to meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The sides will discuss cooperation in the trade-economic and energy sectors and international cooperation.Tatarstan Leader Rustam Minnikhanov met with Turkish businessmen in Moscow on the eve of Putin’s upcoming visit.Naki Karaaslan, the head of the association of Russian and Turkish businessmen, noted the great potential in development of Russian-Turkish cooperation. “The trade turnover between Russia and Turkey amounted to $35 billion last year, and we assume that this is only the beginning of our path, because the economies of Turkey and Russia harmonically supplement each other. We need to develop the harmony further.” Karaaslan emphasized that close and friendly relations between Russia and Turkey were especially important.Russian Minister for Energy Alexander Novak says that Turkey is one of Russia’s main partners. Payments in rubles have doubled in the last three years. The Russian minister emphasised the development of bilateral relations in agricultural trade. “In 9 months the volume increased about 6-fold compared with the same period last year.” Novak confirmed the interest of Moscow and Ankara in 3 billion cubic meters of gas transportation via the Blue Stream pipeline.Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim noted the firmness and durability of Russian-Turkish relations: “Historic ties, diplomatic ties between Russia and Turkey have existed for over 500 years. We have gone through different stages in our historical development, but the relations are very close and very firm, breaking them is impossible. Russia, with its enormous economic potential, just as Turkey, are mutually-beneficial partners.”Tatarstan Leader Rustam Minnikhanov said that “Turkey takes first position in terms of joint ventures with foreign capital. There are 280 such ventures with Turkish business in the republic. The volume of Turkish investments amounts to $1.5 billion. The volume of trade between Tatarstan and Turkey exceeded $650 million last year. A quarter of all foreign investment in the Republic of Tatarstan comes from the Turkish Republic. Tatar-Turkish relations are developing in the fuel and energy sector, petrochemistry, car-manufacturing, wood-processing, the glass industry, construction, services, tourism and many other sectors. We opened Turkish factories on the territory of the Alabuga – Coskunoz special economic zone in August this year, KASTAMONU in September.”Minnikhanov considers the visits by the Turkish president to Tatarstan in 2009, the prime minister in 2011, and those of ministers and governors of Turkish provinces to be a serious impetus for development of cooperation. “I have visited Turkey several times. I visited Antalya, Mersin and Adana this year. I took part in the inauguration of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in August, I plan to visit Turkey as part of a Russian delegation next week to attend a session of the Top-Level Cooperation Council headed by the heads of our states,” Minnikhanov said.Tatarstan is developing infrastructure to maintain ties with Turkey. “A Turkish consulate-general is successfully operating in Kazan, an office of Tatarstan is operating in Istanbul. Tatarstan and Turkey are connected by regular air connections, with flights to Istanbul from Kazan and Begishevo Airport. Just last week, our republic hosted an event within the framework of the year “Kazan – Cultural Capital of the Turkic World” and a gala concert of the Turkvision international TV contest,” Minnikhanov sta

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