Minister: Moscow is Ankara’s important trade partner
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Russia is Turkey’s important trade partner, TRT Haber news channel quoted Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade Bulent Tufenkci as saying Aug. 10.
Tufenkci said the normalization of relations between Moscow and Ankara will be beneficial not only for the two countries, but also for the whole region.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia Aug. 9.
This was Erdogan’s first visit to Russia after the crisis in the two countries’ relations and also after the attempted military coup in Turkey.
During the visit, Ankara and Moscow agreed on normalization of relations, the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline and the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant.
The sides also discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated when Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board. On June 27, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin over the death of a Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident. After the letter, the two countries’ relations began to improve.
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