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Kremlin : Meeting of High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan head to a news conference after talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. ( Photo : Kremlin.Ru )

RUSSIA, March 17, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Trade and economic ties development was among major topics at the Council meeting, co-chaired by the President of Russia and Prime Minister of Turkey on Wednesday.

Following talks between Dmitry Medvedev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a protocol on the operation of the Russian-Turkish Public Forum, and an Agreement on cooperation between the Federal State Unitary Enterprise National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) were signed.

The leaders also exchanged notes on the entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of Russia and the Government of the Turkish Republic on Terms for Reciprocal Trips by Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Turkish Republic and the Agreement between the Government of Russia and the Government of the Turkish Republic on Readmission.

The Russian participants in the talks included Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, Presidential Aide Sergei Prikhodko, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina, Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Khristenko, Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, and Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation CEO Sergei Kiriyenko.

 

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) chats with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a signing ceremony on March 16, 2011 in the Moscow's Kremlin. (Photo : Kremlin.Ru )

 


Press statement following High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council meeting

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,

Prime Minister Erdogan and I chaired the second meeting of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council today. This Council was established only a year ago, but it is already working at full steam, and I hope that it already brings concrete results. We have established its key organisations: the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, the Special Strategic Planning Group, and the Public Forum. These are the three institutions operating within the High-Level Cooperation Council’s framework.

I think all of these institutions are performing quite well, and we have indeed taken our relations to the level of a multifaceted strategic partnership. I believe we have an immense potential for expanding our trade and economic cooperation even further. Turkey has been one of our country’s major trade partners, after all. In 2009, our bilateral trade came to close to $40 billion. In 2010 it came to $25 billion – the result of the crisis, of course. We plan to increase our trade over the next five years, as we said clearly during my visit to Turkey, and take it to a level unprecedented in our relations – as high as $100 billion a year.

I think that the main potential for developing our trade relations in this way lies in the links between the various cooperation directions we are pursuing, the links between the big projects and the trade ties that exist between our countries’ small and medium-sized businesses, which all add their contribution to our overall bilateral trade.

As far as the large projects are concerned, I have to mention the energy sector projects of course, South Stream, and the Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which we discussed in quite some detail today.

Certainly, there is also the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant which is obviously a very important matter too. The colossal tragedy that has struck Japan has no doubt put construction of nuclear power plants into the public gaze, and everyone is asking themselves, can nuclear energy really be safe? The answer is clearly that it can be and is safe, but only if the right decisions are made on nuclear power plants’ location, design, and operators. If these conditions are fully respected, nuclear energy is absolutely safe and extremely useful for humanity.

We have agreed with our Turkish friends that the nuclear power plant built in Akkuyu will use a completely new triply integrated management scheme unifying the three key areas of the plant’s construction, ownership, and operation. This will increase our responsibilities, but our Turkish partners also have every interest in this model.

Turkey is one of our privileged partners in the innovation sector, of course. It is not by chance that we seek to develop these ties with Turkey. We expect to continue our cooperation in the telecommunications sector (one of the subjects we specifically discussed today), the pharmaceuticals industry, and space research.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) gives an historic photo to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a signing ceremony on March 16, 2011 in the Moscow's Kremlin. ( Photo : Kremlin.Ru )



We think there are good cooperation prospects in investment, and in the banking and infrastructure sectors. We also want to pursue our ties in the construction industry. Our relations in this sector are good overall. Likewise, we want to keep developing our cooperation in light industry in line with the agreements we have, and in agriculture and the metals sector. We have a good example here. Just a week ago, a modern metallurgical plant was launched in the town of Iskenderun. Russian and Turkish companies worked on its construction together.

Certainly, we also want our Turkish partners to be involved in the subcontracting projects that are implemented within our preparations for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Sochi is close to Turkey after all, and this gives our Turkish friends some advantages.

We likewise welcome Turkey’s involvement in preparations for the other major international events that Russia will host in the coming years. I am referring to the World University Games in Kazan in 2013, and the football world cup, of course, as well as other opportunities in Russia today.

We will also intensify our humanitarian ties, our contacts in culture, science and education. Our bilateral Public Forum met today, and its co-chairs reported on the results and have just signed a special document. I think this is very important too, because our ties must not be limited to the economy alone.

We have a huge amount of tourism between our countries, and we just signed a document on this area too, which will undoubtedly do its bit as it opens the road towards fully visa-free travel.

Naturally, Mr Erdogan and I discussed not only domestic and bilateral matters, but also talked about international security, the problems in our region of course, in the Middle East, and in North Africa, given what is happening in that part of the world at the moment and the serious problems that a number of countries face right now. We discussed a few matters concerning the situation in the Balkans, in the Trans-Caucasus, and certainly spoke about Black Sea region cooperation, which is obviously very important for both countries, given that we are two major players in the Black Sea region.

We noted that Russia and Turkey are both ready to make their contribution to ensuring regional and global security. We will continue this cooperation on a bilateral basis and in multilateral forums.

Once more, I want to thank my colleague, Prime Minister Erdogan, for today’s constructive work and for the good spirit in which our talks took place. (*)

Source : Kremlin.Ru
 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in World News

 

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Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Gorky residence outside Moscow on March 15, 2011. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, greets Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

The Russian delegation, led by President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd L), and the Turkish delegation, led by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R), sit at a table during a meeting at the Gorki residence outside Moscow March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

 
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Ahmadinejad meets Turkish Prime Minister

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Istanbul, Dec 23, (KATAKAMI / IRNA) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erdogan met here late Wednesday night and discussed most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

According to IRNA Night Service, the information website of the IRI Presidential Office reported early Thursday morning that the late Wednesday night meeting of the two top politicians took more than an hour.

The two sides emphasized in the meeting over the need for the improvement of comprehensive bilateral relation, cooperation, and harmony, arguing that such moves would be to the benefit of both nations, and boost peace and security in the region and the world.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Istanbul.

The 11th Heads of State and Government Summit of ECO began its activities on Wednesday, December 23rd in Istanbul.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before a meeting in Istanbul December 22, 2010. REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu/Pool

Prior to the summit, economic experts attended the senior officials’ meeting slated on December 20 and 21, and foreign ministers of ECO member countries held the 19th Council of Ministers Meeting on December 22.

The Iranian president is also scheduled to hold meetings with Turkish officials and representations from other ECO member countries on the sidelines of the summit.

The newly-appointed caretaker of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Ali-Akbar Salehi is accompanying President Ahmadinejad in this trip.

Moreover, representatives from ECO Secretariat, ECO subsidiary organs and a number of international organizations are expected to attend the meetings.

The 10th ECO summit was held in Tehran in March 2009.

Following the summit, Turkish President Abdullah Gul will host a trilateral meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari aimed at bringing the two countries closer on December 24.

The ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey providing a platform to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member states.

The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

ECO members aim to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union.

ECO’s secretariat and cultural department are located in Tehran, its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau is situated in Pakistan.  (*)

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in World News

 

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President Ahmadinejad departs for Turkey

 

Dec 22, 2010 (KATAKAMI / PRESIDENT.IR) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran on Wednesday afternoon for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization.

Delivering a keynote speech at the 11th ECO summit and meeting with a group of his counterparts are on the agenda of the President’s two-day visit to Turkey.

First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi and Supreme Leader’s International Affairs Advisor Ali-Akbar Velayati were at the airport to see off the president.  (*)

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in World News

 

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Photostream : Turkish President Abdullah Gul meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Turkish President Abdullah Gul pose for media cameras before their meeting at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. Abbas is in Turkey for a one-day working visit.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

urkey's President Abdullah Gul (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Ankara December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) welcomes his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas (L) at the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Ankara on December 6, 2010. Mahmud Abbas arrived in Turkey yesterday for a two-day visit to discuss troubled efforts to end the Middle East conflict. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul (R) welcomes his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas (L) at the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Ankara on December 6, 2010. Mahmud Abbas arrived in Turkey yesterday for a two-day visit to discuss troubled efforts to end the Middle East conflict. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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Photostream : Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet in Ankara December 5, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Adem Altan/Pool )

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet in Ankara December 5, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Adem Altan/Pool )

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet in Ankara December 5, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/Adem Altan/Pool )

 
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PM Erdogan : Turkey 'will not be silent' if Israel attacks

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews an honour guard with his Lebanese counterpart Saad al-Hariri (L) during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Beirut international airport, November 24, 2010. (Getty Images / REUTERS/ Jamal Saidi )

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‘Does Israel think it can enter Lebanon with most modern aircraft and tanks to kill women and children, use cluster bombs to kill kids in Gaza, and expect us to remain silent?’ asks Turkish prime minister on visit to Beirut.

November 25, 2010 (KATAKAMI / YNET) — Turkey will not remain silent if Israel attacks Lebanon or Gaza, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Beirut on Thursday, as ties between the longtime allies remained at an all-time low.

“Does (Israel) think it can enter Lebanon with the most modern aircraft and tanks to kill women and children, and destroy schools and hospitals, and then expect us to remain silent?” Erdogan said at a conference organised by the Union of Arab Banks.

“Does it think it can use the most modern weapons, phosphorus munitions and cluster bombs to kill children in Gaza and then expect us to remain silent? “We will not be silent and we will support justice by all means available to us.”

Turkey was once Israel’s closest military and diplomatic ally in the Middle East but ties began to deteriorate when Ankara criticised Israel’s December 2008 to January 2009 offensive against Gaza.

Relations then nosedived on May 31, 2010 when Israeli naval commandos stormed a Turkish-registered protest ship, the Mavi Mara, part of a flotilla attempting to break the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the operation.

Erdogan has said his country will not begin to restore relations with Israel until it apologizes for its “savage attack” on the vessel. Thursday was the final day of the Turkish premier’s two-day visit to Lebanon.

Hundreds of Lebanese of Armenian descent have clashed with army troops during a protest over a visit to Beirut by the Turkish prime minister.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two day trip during which he met with officials and visited the north and south of the country.

He was inaugurating a hospital in the southern port city of Sidon Thursday as hundreds of protesters gathered in the capital’s Martyrs’ Square. When demonstrators tore up a large poster of Erdogan and pelted troops with rocks, security responded by beating up a number of them.

There were no reports of major injuries.

Lebanon has 150,000 Armenians, or nearly 4 percent of its population, which harbors deep animosity toward Turks over the 1915 killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians.  (*)

AFP and AP contributed to the story

 
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