Putin & Erdogan talk restoring trade, Turkish Stream, Syria cooperation in Istanbul
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Istanbul on Monday at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to participate in the 23rd World Energy Congress, which opened on October 9, RT reports.
Putin said that he and President Erdogan had thoroughly discussed the joint Turkish Stream pipeline ahead of the visit, saying they “intend to implement” the project.
He also assured Russia’s foreign customers that the country will remain a reliable energy supplier to global markets.
The Russian leader expressed hope that an agreement on the stabilization of the oil market could be reached at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting on November 30.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the two leaders also discussed restoration of Russian-Turkish relations “in all aspects” and exchanged views on a broad range of regional and international topics, first and foremost on the situation in Syria.