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Putin and Erdogan agreed on cultural exchanges and visa facilitation
Negotiations between Russian and Turkish leaders took place in a businesslike atmosphere, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after. He assured that the parties continue to work together despite all the difficulties, which gives an excellent result, the President’s website reports.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan met in Moscow on April 8. For the most part, the focus was on economic issues. They also discussed the situation in Syria. Erdogan assured that Ankara plans to continue fighting against terrorists together with Moscow.
Both leaders expressed satisfaction with how their relations in the economic sphere are developing. Mutual trade is growing rapidly. The countries are implementing large-scale projects, including the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
The leaders of Russia and Turkey took part in a meeting of the Russian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council, where Vladimir Putin noted the development of humanitarian ties. In his opinion, the Cross Year of Culture and Tourism of Russia and Turkey will lead to the expansion of cultural exchanges and contacts in the field of education, science and tourism.
Another important topic was visa facilitation. They plan to cancel visas for professional drivers. Russian president stressed that the two countries have extensive ties in the tourism industry. The popularity of Turkish resorts among Russians is growing. Citizens of our country are increasingly interested not only in beach holidays, but also in numerous historical and cultural attractions. Last year, the tourist flow from Russia to Turkey reached 6 million people. Our country took first place in the number of tourists again.
As Russkiy Mir reported, the Cross Year of Culture and Tourism of the two countries was launched at Bolshoi Theater in the presence of the Presidents of Russia and Turkey on the eve of the meeting. Troy play combined opera and ballet. Head of Ankara Opera and Ballet Theater Murat Karahan was the director. He also performed one of the main parts.