29 january 2009

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Davos

Transcript of the start of the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: I'm very happy to see you here in Davos, Mr Prime Minister.

We very much appreciate the level of our interstate and personal relations with the Turkish government.

We are glad that our relations are developing consistently, and that we maintain regular contact at all levels - both at the top and in business. Our trade and economic ties are growing. I think that in the current difficult conditions of the world crisis, cooperation between Turkey and Russia is important for overcoming the problems that we now encounter.