Before the talks, the two presidents held a videoconference with the crew of the International Space Station.
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Beginning of Russian-Turkish talks in restricted format
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President,
First of all, I would like to thank you once again for accepting our invitation to visit the aerospace salon.
We have shown you a series of various products, both military and civilian. They not only demonstrate Russia’s capability in aerospace but also offer a variety of cooperation opportunities. We know about Turkey’s high-tech development plans. Of course, we could join forces in the areas where our capabilities are especially strong and sought after.
I am undoubtedly delighted to have this opportunity to meet with you today and to discuss our bilateral relations. There are many issues we can discuss, as we said before, and today you mentioned in your statement once again the prospects for cooperation with us, including on sensitive regional and international issues.
I am very happy to see you.
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (retranslated): My dear friend, Mr President,
I would like to thank you once again personally and on behalf of my country for your kind invitation.
Today we have taken a closer look at Russia’s defence industry. I would like to express satisfaction at the fact that today we also saw Russian-made engines for passenger liners, combat aircraft, helicopters and other aviation equipment. We also watched the demonstration flights of combat aircraft, including the Su-34, Su-35 and Su-57.
We have also been updated on Russia’s space activities and the measures you are taking to boost your space industry. Everyone knows that Russian researchers have reached very high standards in this sphere.
We have also held talks [via videoconference] with the space crew and wished them a successful mission.
I believe that we will be able to discuss various practical matters during our one-on-one meeting with Mr Putin and the subsequent talks.
Thank you very much.