Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Turkey-Russia relations almost back to normal: Vladimir Putin

Turkey-Russia relations almost back to normal: Vladimir Putin

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday signaled that a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin could be imminent, as he traveled to Russian Federation to discuss the Syrian conflict with Vladimir Putin.

He was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Turkish media reported November 13.

Putin said Russian Federation and Turkey are planning to launch the first reactor at Turkey's Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2023. We expect the suppression of all the existing obstacles in the trade relations between both countries, said the Turkish head of State, who reported that their trade reached $1 billion Dollars in the first quarter of the current year. It is expected that the two leaders will exchange opinions on regional and worldwide issues, including the joint fight against terrorism and the Syrian peace settlement.

"Our bilateral relations and cooperation in resolving regional issues provide us with an opportunity to look toward the future together", Erdogan said.

Putin said the meetings with Turkey, including those about the Syrian crisis, had a "positive" effect.

Trade between the two nations increased by more than a third during the first nine months of this year after a sharp decline in 2016, the Russian leader said.

Regional and worldwide developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries will be discussed in detail, the statement added.

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