By Emre G├╝rkan Abay
Russia letter, week beginning Oct. 10

Relations between Russia and Turkey have gained momentum when the leaders of the two countries met in St. Petersburg in early August.

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin will once again meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which hopefully will further increase the momentum.

Economic relations between the countries are expected to be one of the most important topics of their agenda, as Russian ministers for the economy and energy will accompany Putin during his visit.

The gas discount issue, in which Turkey requested a 10.25 percent discount of Russian gas, and the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, are among the most anticipated developments on the agenda.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview that the intergovernmental agreement for the Turkish Stream would likely be ready for completion for the meeting between Erdogan and Putin.

Sanctions against Turkish agricultural products, limitations for employing Turkish citizens by companies in Russia and the one-sided visa regime Russia implemented last November, are the main issues that Turkey wants to resolve.


10 Oct,2016