Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Sochi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided on Friday to strengthen energy and economic cooperation after meeting in Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea, the Kremlin said in a statement. .
The two leaders have agreed to strengthen trade between their countries and to meet mutual expectations in the field of x27;economy and energy, according to a joint statement by MM. Putin and Erdogan, published by the Kremlin.
They notably advocated the implementation of concrete measures to strengthen cooperation in the fields of transport, agriculture, industry and finance, as well as in tourism, according to the same source.
On the political side, the two leaders stressed the crucial importance of sincere, frank and trusting relations between Russia and Turkey to ensure regional and international stability, specifies the release.
At the start of their meeting in the Russian resort of Sochi, the master of the Kremlin thanked the Turkish president for his efforts which made it possible to find an agreement between Moscow and Ukraine on the deliveries of Ukrainian cereals from the ports Black Sea Ukrainians.
“Thanks to your direct participation and the mediation of the UN Secretariat, the problem related to Ukrainian grain deliveries from Black Sea ports has been resolved. Deliveries have already started, and I would like to thank you for that.
— Russian President Vladimir Putin in a statement
He also highlighted the role of Ankara in the transit of Russian gas to Europe, via the TurkStream gas pipeline. European partners should be grateful to Turkey for ensuring the uninterrupted transit of Russian gas, Putin said.
At the end of their meeting, the two presidents agreed that deliveries of Russian gas to Turkey will be partially paid for in rubles, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told the press. , welcoming a new stage and new opportunities.
Russia has been seeking for months to impose its currency in international settlements against the euro and the dollar, against the backdrop of unprecedented Western economic sanctions against Moscow due to the conflict in Ukraine.
M. Erdogan had already said on Friday that he hoped his meeting with Mr. Putin would open a very different page in Russian-Turkish relations.
The Turkish president also said he wanted to talk with its Russian counterpart in Syria, where Ankara is threatening to launch a military operation against Kurdish groups it calls terrorists, which Moscow opposes.
Discussing developments in Syria on this occasion will help calm the region. Our solidarity in the fight against terrorism is very important, underlined Mr. Erdogan.
The Turkish Head of State also said he wanted to ensure that the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant by Russian nuclear giant Rosatom in southern Turkey is reportedly on schedule, as a dispute threatens to cause delays to this megaproject.