Erdoğan, Putin speak on phone, stress ‘importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade’

Erdoğan, Putin speak on phone, stress ‘importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade’

ANKARA
Erdoğan, Putin speak on phone, stress ‘importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 29 in a phone call, during which they underlined the importance of using local currencies in bilateral trade. 

The two held the call to discuss Syria, energy and economic relations, Reuters reported, citing a Turkish presidential source.

They also reportedly discussed Turkey’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, which is scheduled to go into operation in 2023, and the TurkStream pipeline project.

Putin said he was pleased with the “advancements” in the conversation the report said.

The construction of Turkey’s first nuclear plant in the Akkuyu district on the Mediterranean coast was launched on April 3 with a ceremony that Putin joined.

TurkStream is the project for a transit-free export gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries. The first line of the gas pipeline is intended for Turkish consumers, while the second line will deliver gas to southern and southeastern Europe.

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