Mr Erdogan is in Russia on a working visit at Mr Putin’s invitation.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, let me wish you a warm welcome to Russia once more, this time to St Petersburg.
We have not met for quite a while, but even without our personal direct involvement, relations between Russia and Turkey continue their successful development. I think that you and I will certainly do nothing to hinder this development at our meeting today. On the contrary, it is our intention to help it even further, and I am sure that we can achieve this. We have good cooperation plans.
I want to thank you for accepting our invitation to come here for these consultations. Welcome!
Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (translated from Russian): Mr President, I also want to say what a pleasure it is to see you again to take part in the fourth meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council.
I place great importance on today’s talks, during which we will discuss current bilateral and international issues. I think that there are steps we can take and projects that we should undertake together. I am sure that we will discuss today the future possible joint steps we can take and outline plans for their implementation.
Thank you very much for the warm reception.