Istanbul/Moscow, 3 September 2022 (TDI): Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkiye, spoke with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, on Saturday.

During the call, the two dignitaries reviewed bilateral relations between Turkiye and Russia. Moreover, they held discussions on regional matters including grain export and developments about the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Further, President Tayyip Erdogan conveyed his condolences on the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union.

Additionally, the Turkish President emphasized that Turkiye could play a facilitating role in the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant issue, as the Republic had done in the grain export issue.

Both Presidents also affirmed their determination for the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant to continue as planned before.

The construction of Akkuyu NPP started in 2017 and it will be the world’s first nuclear power plant project that will be implemented through a build-own-operate model.

Lastly, the two leaders agreed to discuss all the issues in detail at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit. The SCO summit will take place in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) on the 15th and 16th of September 2022.

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Turkiye and Russia ties

The two states share good bilateral relations based on a rich historical heritage. In the 2000s, the relations entered a new phase with the close dialogue between the two countries’ leaders. Moreover, in 2010, the High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) between Russia and Turkiye.

Apart from this, Russia is one of the most important trade partners of Turkiye. In 2019, the trade between the two countries reached over 26 billion USD.

Moreover, both states are strengthening their energy cooperation with the implementation of the Turk Stream and Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant projects.

Further, Turkiye has an Embassy in Moscow, Consulates-General in St. Petersburg, Kazan, and Novorossisk as well as an Honorary Consulate in Ekaterinburg.

While Russia has an Embassy in Ankara, an Honorary Consulate in İzmir, and Consulates-General in Istanbul, Antalya, and Trabzon.