Putin, Erdogan holds talks in Sochi

Putin, Erdogan holds talks in Sochi

Relations between Moscow and Ankara may be considered as fully restored, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, TASS reports.

"As you and I decided during my visit to your country, we will hold a working meeting today," Putin said addressing Edrogan.

"I am grateful to you for accepting the invitation, as indeed, you have just said, the flight here only takes around one hour. In the beginning of our meeting I would like to point out that our relations may be considered as fully restored," the Russian leader added.

The Turkish president, in turn, said that "since the normalization of relations between our countries began, frequent meetings [between leaders] have been giving impetus to bilateral ties."

"Our bilateral relations, as well as cooperation in resolving regional issues, provide us with an opportunity to look into the future together," Erdogan noted.

According to him, Turkish-Russian political, military, trade and cultural cooperation has been increasing with each passing day.

Erdogan also noted that apart from personal meetings, the two leaders contacted each other by telephone.

The Turkish president informed Putin about his plans to visit Kuwait and Qatar after Sochi.

Putin noted that during the meeting in an extended format, following negotiations with a smaller number of participants, the parties have discussed strategic cooperation in the energy sector, Sputnik reports.

"This concerns the Turkish Stream [gas pipeline], this concerns the construction of the Akkuyu power plant. Rosatom is set to start the practical stage of the project's implementation in the near future," Putin said, adding that the launch of the first Akkuyu NPP reactor is planned for 2023.

Erdogan also invited Putin to attend the ceremony to pour the first concrete at the Akkuyu NPP. 

"We expect to hold the ceremony of pouring the first concrete at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in the coming weeks. If Mr. Putin's program allows, we would like to jointly take part in the ceremony," Erdogan said.

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