Erdogan, Putin Discuss Energy Ties

ANKARA, MOSCOW–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone on Wednesday, discussing energy issues and cooperation between their two countries, the Russian Government’s press office reported.

The two premiers discussed the construction of the Samsun-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline and the building of a nuclear power plant in Turkey, according to the Kremlin, Armenian Public Radio, citing the Kremlin.

Putin welcomed the Turkish parliament’s ratification of a Nuclear Power Plant agreement with Russia, while Erdogan similarly welcomed the near completion of the ratification process in the Russian parliament.  

The two also discussed technical details of the South Stream gas pipeline, which would cross Turkish territorial waters and deliver Russian gas to southern Europe. Putin and Erdogan said the project was moving forward on schedule.

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