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Turkey and Russia lift visa regime

The foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu and SergeyLavrov, signed an agreement lifting the visa regime between the twocountries, TV channel Russia 24 reports.Turkish Premier Recep tayyip Erdogan said that he discussed this issuewith Russian Premier Vladimir Putin during his visit to Moscow inNovember .Turkey has already lifted visa regimes with various Arabic countries –Libya, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Turkey and Saudi Arabia currently havea simplified visa regime.

Turkey to build nuclear power plant in partnership with Russia

Turkey to build nuclear power plant in partnership with Russia

Moscow and Ankara have signed an agreement on the joint construction and operation of a nuclear power plant in Turkey, reports RIA Novosti.Fourteen leading companies took part in the tender on NPP construction in 2008. The Turkish government has approved the project of the Russian-Turkish consortium of companies - "Atomstroiexport", "Inter RAO UES" and the Turkish company Park Teknik.

Moscow and Ankara promote stability in the Caucasus region

Moscow and Ankara will promote the strengthening of stability in the Caucasus region, in particular, the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, announced Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday, reports the TV channel Vesti.The Russian president added that Russia will consult with Turkey on resolving these issues. "In recent times important steps have been made to advance in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.

Russia, Turkey continue joint work on European security doctrine

Russia, Turkey continue joint work on European security doctrine

Russia and Turkey will establish a top-level council for join cooperation, announced Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday, reports RIA Novosti.

Russian, Turkish leaders start talks

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Turkish counterpart Abdulla Gul have started talks, reports RIA Novosti. Before the negotiations, Medvedev has flowers at the grave of Ataturk, the first Turkish president. Following this an official ceremony took place in the Turkish presidential residence. The meeting wound up with the national anthems of the two states, and then presidents inspected guards of honor and introduced each other their delegations.

Russian President to discuss energy issues in Turkey

Russian President to discuss energy issues in Turkey

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss in Turkey today issues of energy and trade-economic cooperation. As reports PRIME-TASS he arrived in Ankara on Wednesday at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul.The Turkish Energy Ministry has announced that it expects to sign a memorandum on nuclear power plant construction.

Medvedev arrives in Turkey

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev concluded his visit to Syria and arrived with an official visit to Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.Russian leader arrived to the airport of Esenbod in Ankara where the state flags of Russia and Turkey were raised and honorary guards were drawn up. Medvedev greeted the soldiers in Turkish.Medvedev met the Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mehmet Ali Sahin and had negotiations with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ataturk monument to appear in Baku

A monument to the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has been built in the Baku district of Nasimin, opposite the Turkish embassy, but has not yet been opened, Day.az reports.The ceremony will take place on May 16th. According to unofficial information, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan may take part in the ceremony.

Strategic agreements to be signed during Medvedev’s visit to Turkey

Russian Vice-Premier Igor Sechin said today in Ankara that RussianPresident Dmitry Medvedev plans to sign intergovernmental agreementson his visit to Turkey, RIA Novosti reports.Some documents are still being studied by experts. The main issues arecooperation in the spheres of gas, energy, nuclear power, oiltransport and a visa-free regime, Sechin said at a jointpress-conference with Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz in Ankara.

Turkey suspends flights due to volcanic ash

Several flights have been delayed for four hours in Turkey due to volcanic ash, reports Trend, citing Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.The cloud of the volcanic ash from Iceland, which lately has paralyzed air communication in Europe, returned to the continent. As a result, a number of European states have suspended air traffic for some time.

Turkey's CHP leader Deniz Baykal resigns

The leader of Turkey's Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal has resigned following the disclosure of compromising video tapes andassassination attempt claims. He will be replaced by Dzhevdet Selvi, reports Trend, citing CNN Turk.

Russian officials give assent to agreement with Turkey

Russian officials have given assent to a project of an agreement on naval transportation with Turkey. The order has been signed by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, reports RIA Novosti. The agreement is aimed at regulating and developing relations between the two states in the spheres of naval transportation, the promotion of naval cargo coordination and the development of naval transportation security, as well as the boosting of trade and economic relations between Turkey and Russia, the document says.

Turkey urges Greece to save on defence spending

Turkish State Secretary and the head of his country's delegation at Turkish-EU negotiations Egemen Bagis has advised Greece to reduce its spending on arms."Our defence expenditures should be equal to those of our partners. That is why we should move towards mutual arms reduction," Bagis said. He also said he considered Greek spending on arms to be one of the reasons for the economic crisis in Greece.Speaking about negotiations with the EU, Bagis noted that sides should show patience in this issue. "Turkey won't join the EU before the end of the talks.

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani has praised Turkey for supporting a diplomatic solution on Iran's nuclear activities, Trend reported.

Medvedev to visit Turkey

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Turkey on May 11th -12th to discuss economic cooperation and mutual investments, reports ITAR-TASS."Relations between Turkey and Russia are moving to a new level of development," presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said. Turnover between Turkey and Russia reached $19.6 billion in 2009.

Iran considers Turkey a good neighbour

At a joint news conference with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Iranian foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki said that Turkey and Iran are the two main actors in resolving regional problems and that their relations were developing every day, Trend reports citing Anadolu news agency. "Turkey is an important UN member and a good neighbour of Iran", Mottaki said, remarking that meetings and political cooperation between them would continue. Mottaki said that the Iraqi elections had

Turkish experts to participate in working out gas deal

A group of BOTAS company experts will arrive in Baku on May 10 to take part in the working out of an agreement on a gas contract between Azerbaijan and Turkey, reports 1news.az, citing ANS. This was announced by the head of the investment department of the Azerbaijani National Oil Company Vagif Aliev. The document will take 2-3 days to draw up.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's schedule in Turkey

An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey on annullingthe bilateral visa regime for tourists planning to stay for less thana month will be signed within the framework of Medvedev's visit toAnkara 11-12 May, Turkish media report.Media reports also mention that a top-level council will beestablished. This will be the start of the three-stage road map ofAnkara-Moscow ties, involving political and trade aspects andcooperation between NGOs.

Armenia, Turkey to reconstruct historical bridge

Armenian and Turkish scientists plan to reconstruct a bridge whichonce connected the two sides of ancient Armenian city Ani, ArmeniaToday reports.According to the chairman of the international council for monumentsand historical sites protection Gagik Giurdjanian, the bridge willbecome a corridor of peace between the countries.

Turkish parliament passes the bill on constitutional amendments

Turkish parliament passes the bill on constitutional amendments

The Turkish Parliament has passed the bill on constitutionalamendments with 336 out of 550 lawmakers in favor.According to Interfax, citing a local TV channel, the bill will besent to President Abdullah Gul for signing. If the Turkish leaderreturns it for consideration the bill will go to a referendum. Thissituation occurred because the legislative initiative failed toreceive over 367 votes.