Turkey, Russia relations turn into strong partnership, says Medvedev

Turkey and Russia said that energy was a major cooperation area for the two countries.

Turkey, Russia relations turn into strong partnership, says Medvedev
Presidents of Turkey and Russia met in the Russian capital of Moscow on Friday.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who is currently paying a four-day visit to Russia, had a tete-a-tete meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev. Following the meeting between the two leaders, Turkish and Russian delegations held talks.

Delivering a speech prior to the meeting between delegations, Medvedev said that bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia had turned into a strong partnership.

Noting that energy was a major cooperation area for the two countries, Medvedev said Turkey and Russia achieved remarkable success in Blue Stream, as well as projects relating to electricity and nuclear industry.

Gul said in his part that there had always been multi-dimensional and strong relations between Turkey and Russia. Gul also said that he hoped his visit would improve such relations.

Following their meeting, Gul and Medvedev are expected to sign a joint declaration and later hold a joint press conference.

Trade volume

Medvedev said that trade volume between Turkey and Russia reached 32 billion USD.

Medvedev told reportes that they exceeded the target in trade volume figures, adding that the trade volume increased 35 times in the last ten years. "It is a great success," he said.

Stressing the importance of increasing mutual investments, Medvedev said that Turkey and Russia were experienced regarding the implementation of energy projects. He said that Russia wanted to develop cooperation with Turkey in electricity and atomic energy areas within the scope of this experience.

Turkish President is currently in Russia on a state visit. Earlier in the day, Gul held meetings with State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and Sergey Mironov, chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of Russia. He is also set to receive Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Joint declaration

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Friday that his visit to Russia would open a new page in Turkish-Russian relations.

Gul and Medvedev signed a joint declaration to further deepen friendship and multi-dimensional partnership as well as to advance the relations between the two countries.

Noting that Turkish-Russian relations were continuing in many areas in a multi-dimensional way, Gul said that as it was seen in the declaration they signed, they decided to further develop these relations and to show required political will.

Gul said that Russia and Turkey, as two important countries of the region, attached importance to peace, stability, friendship and cooperation.

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