Turkey signed up for a second nuclear power plant to be built by Russia, and Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that Ankara would pay in rubles for 25% of Turkish Stream.
The meeting of the two leaders lasted about 40 minutes and took place on the sidelines of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is taking place in Uzbekistan.
The meeting of the two leaders took place without the presence of journalists and was devoted to cooperation between Russia and Turkey in the field of transportation of grain crops from Ukrainian ports, as well as energy relations between the two countries.
“Turkey has become one of the most reliable routes for gas supplies from Russia even to Europe. TurkStream (Turkish Stream) is working without interruptions,” Putin commented at a meeting with the Turkish president, adding that a quarter of Russian gas supplies to Turkey would be paid in rubles. “As you know, our agreement on the supply of gas of Russian origin to Turkey provides for payment of 25% of these supplies in rubles. This agreement takes effect immediately,” he said.
The Russian president also thanked his Turkish counterpart for his contribution to the implementation of the grain agreement, noting that agreements were signed yesterday on the Akyuyu nuclear power plant in the Gulnar district of the city of Mersin. “We hope that they will start working in 2023,” he said.
Vladimir Putin said that “our economic operators have received relevant signals that they can export our products through Turkey as well.” It is a reliable partner in this regard and can provide reliable supplies through its territory to all countries of the world, including countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa, since we sell mainly there.”
“We are ready to significantly increase our deliveries to the Republic of Turkey in all areas that interest you,” Putin said at another point in the meeting with Erdogan.