Putin says his talks with Erdogan were constructive and important


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday his talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were constructive.

He said the meeting was of major significance for further relations between Russia and Turkey. "We had a substantial and, I would like to stress, constructive conversation on the entire spectrum of bilateral ties, and on the international agenda," Putin told a news conference after the talks.

According to the Russian leader, today’s talks outlined an algorithm of further actions and steps to restore full-fledged relations between the two countries. "The top priority task is to reach the pre-crisis level of bilateral cooperation," Putin said.

In his words, energetic effort will be needed to solve this "pressing task" as trade between the two countries dropped by 43 percent in the first five months of 2016 alone. Last year too saw a decrease in trade. To mend the situation, Russia and Turkey will focus on efforts to encourage mutual investments and trade flows, Putin said.

The Russian leader thanked his Turkish counterpart for an open conversation and stressed that Russia and Turkey have all the possibilities to resume normal, full-format relations. "Russia is ready for such work," he underscored.