Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a closed two-hour meeting at the Group of Twenty (G-20) summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Before the talks behind the closed doors, the State leaders held a press conference informing about the topics of the forthcoming agenda.

“We are satisfied that the internal political life in Turkey is normalized. We are witnessing the fact that Turkey is going through a difficult period. The country leads the fight against terrorism, facing great threats; we know about it,” said Vladimir Putin at the beginning of the meeting.

In turn, Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded the resumption of charter flights between Turkey and Russia, which was discussed at the first meeting held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in early August:

“Here we have the opportunity to continue discussing topics brought up during a meeting in St. Petersburg, as well as hold talks on a variety of very important, facing the future, political, economic and regional issues.”

In addition, the prospects of implementation of joint strategic projects in the energy sector - the construction of Akkuyu NPP and Turkish Stream gas pipeline under the Black Sea - were discussed during the meeting in Hangzhou. 

Besides President, the Turkish delegation included Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak and the head of the Intelligence Services Hakan Fidan.

As QHA reported earlier, on August 9, the so-called northern capital of Russia - St. Petersburg city hosted the first meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin after the crisis in bilateral relations.

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