Putin to Visit Turkey Next Week

putin2MOSCOWE (Combined Sources)–Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey next week upon an invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Putin will arrive in Turkey on August 6 on a working trip to discuss energy issues, customs, and the construction of a new nuclear plant in Turkey, said a statement on the Russian Prime Minister’s web site. Bilateral relations, as well as regional cooperation are also on the agenda.

The Turkish daily Sabah earlier reported that during Putin’s visit, Turkey and Russia would sign three protocols on bilateral cooperation in the oil, gas and nuclear spheres.

The paper said Russia may make a new proposal on the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant. Ankara has asked Russia to lower its cost estimate.

Russian-Turkish trade last year totaled around $40 billion.

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