Turkey and Russia on way to ‘strategic partnership’


DÖNDÜ SARIIŞIK
Hürriyet Daily News
January 12, 2010

ANKARA – Turkey and Russia will set up a high-level strategic cooperation working group Wednesday when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pays a working visit to Moscow. Accompanied by five Cabinet members and a group of businessmen, the prime minister aims to boost bilateral relations, especially in the economic field.

[efoods]Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will discuss ways to strengthen strategic and economic ties during a two-day working visit later this week in Russia.

During their meeting, the two leaders plan to establish a high-level strategic cooperation working group while energy will also be at the top of the agenda, Russian diplomatic sources said.

“They are dominant actors and are strategic partners in the region. Russia wants to export its energy through a more secure route while Turkey is keen on strengthening its position as an energy corridor. It’s a win-win situation,” a Turkish official requesting anonymity told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Monday.

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