19 July 2012
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that military, political, economic, cultural and commercial ties between Turkey and Russia have been improving day by day.
Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference after having a meeting in Moscow.
"Turkey and Russia are the two countries having solidarity in the region," Erdogan said.
He said trade volume between Turkey and Russia exceeded 32 billion U.S. dollars as of 2011, stating that the two countries aimed to reach a trade volume worth 100 billion USD.
There was a great cooperation in the tourism sector between the two countries, he said, adding that Turkey hosted 3.5 million Russian tourists (in 2011).
Erdogan said Turkish-Russian cooperation in nuclear energy was an important step, adding that the project in the nuclear energy was worth 20 billion USD.