Current dynamics of Russian-Turkish relations

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has telephone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on November 16, 2010.

The two heads of government discussed in detail several current issues relating to energy cooperation, primarily the Samsun-Ceyhan pipeline project and the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu. Both expressed satisfaction with the Turkish parliament ratifying the power plant agreement and the ratification procedure nearing completion in Russia on this issue.

The prime ministers discussed the progress of coordinating the technical details necessary to begin South Stream pipeline construction in Turkeys exclusive economic zone. Mr. Putin and Mr. Erdoğan admitted that both projects are progressing on schedule.

Mr. Putin also used this opportunity to congratulate his counterpart on Kurban Bajram (Feast of Sacrifice, an important Muslim holiday).

November 16, 2010