Russian-Turkish relations are progressing despite the difficulties

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that relations between his country and Turkey are progressing “despite the difficulties around the world.”

This came in statements he made during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on the sidelines of the 24th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

President Putin added that Moscow is implementing its strategic projects with Ankara in a thoughtful manner.

He pointed out that 6.7 million Russian tourists visited Turkey during the past year 2023, indicating that his country broke a record in the field of tourism.

Putin expressed his happiness at meeting Erdogan, pointing out that he constantly and regularly communicates with him and exchanges views on regional and international issues of concern to the two countries and their bilateral relations.

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He pointed out that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries reached $55 billion, although it declined somewhat over the past months.

He stated that Moscow is implementing its strategic projects with Ankara in a studied manner and is planning new projects.

He continued: I am happy to meet with you to evaluate the results of the work we have undertaken and the steps we will take in the near future.

Putin expressed his thanks to President Erdogan for the facilities provided by Turkey to Russian visitors and tourists.

He also expressed his thanks for being invited by Erdogan to visit Turkey, adding: I will definitely visit Turkey.