Putin, Erdogan discuss restoration of full-fledged cooperation
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are discussing the prospects of restoring full-fledged bilateral cooperation, including in energy, at the meeting in China’s Hangzhou, TASS reported.
"I’m glad to have a chance to meet and discuss the implementation of our agreements reached during your visit to Russia’s St. Petersburg," Putin told the Turkish president opening the meeting. "Of course, a lot more needs to be done to restore the full-fledged cooperation in all areas. We will talk about this once again today," Putin said.
Erdogan also said he plans to consider all the issues of bilateral cooperation raised at the St. Petersburg meeting of the two leaders in August. "There will be the possibility to consider the energy issues as there is some development here," he said, adding that some steps need be taken for progress in this area.
Ahead of the talks, Putin and Erdogan greeted each other and also shook hands with all participants of negotiations from both sides. Both leaders noted that the delegations at the talks are representative.
Among members of the Russian delegation are Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, presidential aide Yury Ushakov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev, Rosatom chief Sergey Kiriyenko, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriyev.
Members of the Turkish delegation are Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Head of National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, foreign policy adviser Sadik Arslan and others.