- Title: Russia's Putin welcomes Turkish PM in Moscow
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (AGENCY POOL) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN WALKING TO SHAKE HANDS WITH TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM MEDIA DELEGATIONS TAKING SEATS RUSSIAN COAT OF ARMS ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I am glad to say that we are getting our relations back on track at all areas of cooperation. (PAUSING FOR TRANSLATION). But due to a number of events - and let us not mention them now - we had a significant fall in trade turnover." PHOTOGRAPHERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I hope that during your visit we will be able to take vigorous efforts to reverse this negative situation." CAMERA OPERATORS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "I'm sure that the year that went in an undesirable way for both of us, for all of us, is left behind." WIDE OF TALKS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BINALI YILDIRIM, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL TRANSLATION): "We had many joint projects in the past, for example the Blue Stream. At the moment the TurkStream will not only help to develop our relations but will also create a new route for Europe to receive energy resources." TALKS IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 21st December 2016 17:50
- Keywords: Russia Turkey relations Vladimir Putin Binali Yildirim
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
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- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (December 6) welcomed Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in the Kremlin.
Putin said he was glad the relations between the two countries were getting back on track but efforts to boost trade volume between the Moscow and Ankara were needed.
"Due to a number of events - and let us not mention them now - we had a significant fall in trade turnover," Putin said referring to an incident a year ago when Turks shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border and Russia's ban on some food products from Turkey that followed.
"I'm sure that the year that went in an undesirable way for both of us, for all of us, is left behind," Yildirim said.
In October Turkey and Russia signed an agreement the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalisation in ties.
TurkStream will allow Moscow to strengthen its position in the European gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine, the main route for Russian energy into Europe.
Earlier on Tuesday Yildirim said he had discussed bringing the first phase of the Akkuyu nuclear plant online before 2023 at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom won a $20 billion contract to build four reactors in what was to become Turkey's first nuclear plant, but construction was halted after the downing of the Russian jet.
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