ANKARA, — President of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will focus on bilateral relations, the Syria crisis and fight against terrorism during their talks in St Petersburg, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in an exclusive interview with Russia’s TASS news agency Thursday.

“On Aug 9, the leaders will discuss, first, bilateral relations, the Syria crisis and fight against terrorism, along with other regional issues,” Kalin said.

“We are living in an era when national and regional themes are coming up to a global level. In other words, national, regional or global issues are nearly impossible to be delimited. I can say the Aug 9 talks will be held in this manner,” he added.

Speaking on the two countries’ joint projects, Kalin said that Ankara “will continue close cooperation with Russia in all aspects and will work on new projects.”

“It is crucial that joint steps in these spheres would be taken in both countries’ interests and that solutions to regional and global crises could be found,” he added.

Russia is engaged in construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey’s south.

Talks are underway on construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline via the Turkish territory while talks on payments in national currencies for individuals and enterprises are planned to be held soon.

Before the crisis in the two countries’ relations over the Russian Su-24 warplane downed by Turkey on Nov 24, 2015, trade had amounted to US$$34 billion.

Source: Name News Network

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ANKARA, -- President of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will focus on bilateral relations, the Syria crisis and fight against terrorism during their talks in St Petersburg, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in an exclusive interview with Russia's TASS news agency Thursday. 'On Aug...