The head of Turkish-Russian Business Council said on Monday that customs officials from Turkey and Russia would gather in Istanbul on Tuesday in order to discuss the slowdown and problems in customs transactions between the two countries.
Holding a press conference following Turkish President Abdullah Gul's recent visit to Russia, Turkish-Russian Business Council chairperson Cem Kozlu said that the trade volume between the two countries had been increasing rapidly.
Kozlu said that the trade volume between Turkey and Russia exceeded 37 billion USD in 2008, however, only 6.5 billion USD of such figure reflected Turkey's exports.
Kozlu also said that more than 200 Turkish businessmen signed important agreements with their Russian counterparts during the business forum meeting held within the framework of Gul's visit to Russia.
Replying to a question on whether Russian Ruble could be used in energy trade, Kozlu said that the idea of "trade with Ruble" had been expressed in a conceptual and strategic basis for the first time.
"How and where can we use it? It will only be clear after technical studies," Kozlu said.
Kozlu also said it was quite early to say that exports with Ruble would start soon. "However, even discussing this matter is a very big step," he added.