Turkey, Russia continue efforts to maintain region’s stability, security – Erdogan

ISTANBUL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed on Tuesday that Ankara and Moscow would continue making efforts for the welfare of the two countries’ peoples, and the security and stability of the region.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following the 7th meeting of the Turkish-Russian cooperation council, Erdogan said the two countries would work together on a general assessment of the joint goals of the upcoming period and consider current situation in the region.

He expressed joy for receiving Putin and his accompanying delegation in Ankara, noting that he shared views with the Russian leader regarding regional and international topics.

The decision to buy the Russian S-400 missile system was taken purely by Turkey, he made clear, indicating that the manufacturing phase of this system has already started.

Erdogan pointed out that Russia’s delivery of the system earlier than planned shows its confidence in Turkey in this matter.

He said that there would be possible cooperation with Russia in the field of defense industries.

For his part, Putin stressed that the issue of joint manufacturing on the s-400 missile system between the two sides and transferring technology are purely a commercial matter, and there are no restrictions in this regard.

On the natural gas pipeline project in Turkey, Putin said that two separate pipelines are currently being built in the sea part of the project and then the land construction of the pipeline will start.

The project allocated to Turkey was signed in October 2016 in Istanbul. It will provide the country with a capacity of 5.31 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The other pipeline project is allocated to Europe. (end) ta.hm

Source: Kuwait News Agency