Erdogan meets Putin to start new page in relations

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on August 9
Erdogan meets Putin to start new page in relations
09 August 11:30 2016 Print This Article

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting today in St. Petersburg with Vladimir Putin for the first time since last November. The two leaders are expected to meet tete-a-tete and to come out with a roadmap for the new ‘phase’ of the Russia-Turkey relations.

“This will be a historic visit, a fresh start. I believe that a new page will be opened [during] the negotiations with my friend Vladimir,” President Erdogan told TASS news agency in an exclusive interview ahead of the visit, adding that “there is yet much for our countries to do together.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskiv said on Tuesday, that the talks will likely center on “current economy-related issues” and the Syrian crisis. “You may feel free to forecast that an in-depth conversation on regional affairs, including Syria, will also take place,” he stressed.

During the visit, Moscow and Ankara might also discuss important energy projects as well as the discount for Russian gas supplied to the country, reports Trend news agency with reference to the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project and the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plan are also to be discussed during the talks.

Russian-Turkish relations were deteriorated last November when Turkey’s Air Force shot down a Russian military jet over Syria. Moscow imposed a number of sanctions on Turkey, including an embargo on food imports, a ban on the sale of package tours, and the introduction of a visa regime. In June, after Erdogan sent a letter to the Kremlin, the relations between the two countries began to thaw.

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