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Putin and Erdogan meeting lasted for two hours
16:55, 9 August 2016
Putin and Erdogan meeting lasted for two hours

Meeting started an hour later, then the Presidents continued behind the closed doors, and then session with ministers took place

16:55, 9 August 2016

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The meeting of Presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan lasted about two hours. The Turkish leader arrived on Tuesday afternoon in St. Petersburg.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg finished their meeting at about 16:00 Moscow time. The meeting started an hour later than it was expected.

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After words of welcome, a meeting between the two leaders continued behind closed doors. As reported by the Kremlin press service, Putin and Erdogan had intended to discuss key bilateral projects that were frozen after the Turkish fighter jet shot the Russian Su-24 at the end of 2015. They also planned to discuss the construction of nuclear power plant "Akkuyu", laying gas pipeline "Turkish Stream" under the Black Sea.

After the closed meeting was finished, a session involving ministers started.

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From the Turkish side,  Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Food Minister Faruk Celik, Minister of Transport Ahmet Arslan, the Head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Secretary of Defense Industry Ismail Demir participated in the meeting. On the Russian side the meeting was attended by Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, Head of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, the special representative of the President on the Syrian settlement Alexander Lavrentiev, Chairman of the Board of "Gazprom" Alexey Miller.

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