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President Putin: Turkey is our key partner The Russian President Vladimir Putin conducted negotiations with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to all Russian news agencies.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey will create an infrastructure for Mir banking cards. The President of Russia also noted there were good opportunities for development of humanitarian relationships between the two countries. He added that 2019 was planned to be the Russian-Turkish bilateral year of culture and tourism.

Increasing the share of national currencies in mutual payments would activate bilateral economic relationships. We know that Mr President (of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan) supports this. A practical action would be to create in Turkey an infrastructure for Mir banking cards, which as discussed today, TASS quotes Vladimir Putin.
Also during a private meeting the parties discussed the implementation of projects related to construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear power station. According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cooperation in this sphere is getting back to its previous level and is developing.

Besides, the Turkish President noted that the relationships between Moscow and Ankara have already returned to normal. Vladimir Putin in his turn noted that an active political dialogue has been restored between the countries, adding that Russia and Turkey have a potential for developing good neighbourly relations.

After the negotiations the presidents held a press conference where they highlighted the main areas where agreements had been reached.

During his speech the Turkish president emphasized that Moscow and Ankara have completely normalized their relationship. I believe that we have completed the normalization process during our meeting today and we dont want to say this word again, he said. Even if we dont want to agree on all the points, we are open to communication, and we will continues strengthening our cooperation.

Vladimir Putin confirmed that in 2017 Gazprom is planning to start the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline. He also reminded that two gas pipeline threads will be laid on the seafloor in the Black Sea, with a total capacity of 15.75 bn cubic meters of gas per year.

The Russian president also spoke about cooperation between Moscow and Ankara related to fighting against terrorism. He said that the joint works would be conducted in the line of military and intelligence agencies and that parties will consider ISIS as the main enemy. Mr Putin also drew attention to the fact that Moscow exchanges information for counterterrorism with all countries.

Vladimir Putin emphasized the need for further cooperation in the Middle East, and, in particular, in Syria. The Russian President pointed out the role of Moscow and Ankara in preparing direct, concrete negotiations between the opposing parties in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. In his turn, the Turkish leader noted that the territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria was the main direction of their foreign policy and the principal task .

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan also discussed measure to take in order to increase safety of Russian tourists visiting Turkey. Relevant authorities have been commissioned to work on these issues, said Mr Putin, adding that Russians were interested in visiting Turkish resorts. Mr Erdogan mentioned his expectations as to reconsideration of the Moscows decision regarding the visa regime between Russia and Turkey.

The President of Turkey also expressed confidence that Moscow and Ankara managed to prevent provocations and all problems after the incident with the Su-24 shootdown. The President of Turkey also expressed condolences to the family of the Russian ambassador Andrey Karpov killed in Ankara, adding that the diplomat was a close friend of our people.

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