Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan 2016-10-05 19:45:00 Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the initiative of the Turkish side. In the context of the upcoming one-on-one meeting at the World Energy Congress (Istanbul, October 10), the two leaders exchanged opinions on topical issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation. They noted their interest in the continued gradual restoration of trade and economic ties and the implementation of major joint projects in the energy sphere, in particular building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, the Akkuyu NPP, and the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline. The presidents also addressed the Syria crisis. They underscored the need to step up international efforts to facilitate the peaceful political process in the country and create conditions to deescalate the situation and resolve pressing humanitarian issues.