Turkish prime minister has said Turkey placed special significance on strengthening relations with Russia, adding that cooperation between the two countries would benefit them both.
"We attach special importance on our relations with Russia and we are pleased to see that the same sensitivity is present with our Russian friends. I believe that the close dialogue between our two countries will continue," Erdogan told Friday a televised address to the nation.
Erdogan paid an official visit to Russia earlier in January with a busy portfolio that included regional issues, projects to boost economic cooperation and trade, and most significantly cooperation in energy.
Erdogan has also proposed to mutually lift visa requirements for Turkish and Russian citizens.
He has said that Moscow had agreed to work on the proposal and an agreement might be signed during Russian president's visit to Ankara later this year.
The Turkish premier said his country aimed at developing dialogue with not only neighboring countries but also with others all around the world.
"We believe that the world needs dialogue and the countries need to get to know and understand each other. It is my sincere belief that Turkey will soon become a leading country in this sense," Erdogan said.
Erdogan also said Turkey had become "a global player and a leader country with an increasing say and credibility" in global issues.
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