Russian-Turkish talks, which lasted more than four hours, according to the final press conference was more than successful. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to press fully relaxed and very happy with each other.
The Turkish leader did not hesitate to publicly call his counterpart as “dear friend Vladimir”. And GDP itself, speaking of the Turkish partners, once said already almost forgotten all the word “friends”. The main result of the talks both leaders called the agreement with Overdrive to return bilateral relations to the pre-crisis level: for this, both sides have not only the desire but also the political will.
“In the history of relations between our countries were different, sometimes very difficult and even dramatic periods, but the logic of mutual respect inevitably took up” – reminded Vladimir Putin. According to him, the talks confirmed that Moscow and Ankara have all the possibilities to restore full relations, which would strengthen stability not only in our region but throughout the world. About the downed plane, the Russian President no longer remembered. (Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said that during the talks the delegations, the subject of compensation was not discussed).
Vladimir Putin reminded that over the last 5 months the volume of Russian-Turkish trade turnover dipped by 43%. To catch up, it will require “hard work” within “a certain time”. Sanctions and restrictions, which came into force after the incident with SU-24 will be lifted in phases – those that do not require serious study in the coming weeks. Putin said that the talks in particular was about the return of the Russian market for Turkish agricultural products, the resumption of the activities of Turkish construction workers and Charter services.
“Exit on pre-crisis volume of tourist flow – it is only a matter of time – said the GDP, the Main thing here is ensuring that the Turkish side conditions of maximum security of Russian citizens, and such guarantees we have of our partners received. In this regard, we have also considered the possibility of the resumption of Charter flights. It is perhaps also a matter of technology and time.” Not far off, and the simplification of the visa regime. GDP is acknowledged that the requirements imposed by the Russian side, complicate economic cooperation and need to be revised.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his opening remarks was grateful to the Russian colleagues, calling him “dear” and “respected” friend. According to the Turkish leader, he and Vladimir Putin have the political will to not just return bilateral relations to the pre-crisis level, but also to raise them higher. Major joint projects such as the construction of NPP “Akkuyu” and “Turkish stream” will help re-build the “axis of friendship” between the two countries, he said.
By the way, the “Akkuyu” after talks finally got the status of “strategic investments”. The Russian side has long lobbied for a solution to this issue, and the Turks have long denied. But in a sign of reconciliation, Erdogan, of course, could not deny their newfound friend, Vladimir. “Now, “Akkuyu” will take its place among the other projects in our country and will enjoy all the necessary benefits offered by this status,” – said the Turkish President.
As for Putin, the word “friends” in his mouth sounded in another major joint project “Turkish stream.” GDP said that it consists of two parts – one is designed for the needs of Turkish consumers and with the construction of this thread there is no problem. Another need for expansion of supply in Western Europe. “This issue we need to work with European countries, including the European Commission. We with our Turkish partners, with friends, prepared for this work”, – said the Russian President.
Journalists, of course, could not help but ask how were the talks on the Syrian issue – as you know, differences in Russia and Turkey. And some – in particular, the political fate of Bashar al-Assad and claims of the Kurds to establish their own state, and until recently, wore insuperable. However, the two leaders in unison have announced that Syria has not been discussed. Decided to go to the press conference, and then no interference to speak on this really difficult subject.
In other words, Erdogan not only chose Russia for the first after a coup, foreign visit , but would like to stay here longer…
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