Putin says Turkey among Russia's priorities in foreign policy

Russia's Premier Vladimir Putin said Friday that Turkey was among their priorities in foreign policy

Putin says Turkey among Russia's priorities in foreign policy

Russia's Premier Vladimir Putin said Friday that Turkey was among their priorities in foreign policy.

Speaking to reporters before meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is on a four-day formal visit to Russia, Putin said the trade volume between the two countries rose each year and reached 32 billion USD. He said Turkey became Russia's top foreign trade partner.

Also speaking to reporters, Gul said two countries had strong cooperation in many areas noting that Putin made great contributions to relations between Turkey and Russia.

Gul expressed his belief that bilateral relations would be further enhanced and invited Putin to Turkey.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, Energy Minister Hilmi Guler, State Minister Kursat Tuzmen and Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko and Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Khristenko also attended the meeting which was closed to the press.

Gul and the accompanying delegation will proceed to Tatarstan on Saturday.

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