Russia-Turkey agreement on settlements in national currencies is almost ready

TASS Russian News Agency | Sep 16, 2019 at 3:41 PM

MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russia and Turkey have almost finished the work on an intergovernmental agreement on settlements in national currencies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. That is according to the Kremlin's website.

"On September 3, we handed over a draft intergovernmental agreement on settlements in national currencies to our Turkish friends," the Russian leader said.

"We would ask you to respond to it as soon as possible. Moreover, this is the result of our joint work and it is almost complete," he added.

Putin recalled that on October 5, Moscow is to host the international forum Russian Energy Week.

"We would be happy to see the Turkish delegation at the highest level if Mr. President [Erdogan] finds the time," the Russian leader said.

According to him, the dialogue will in particular focus on the development of gas supply infrastructure, including the implementation of the TurkStream project.

"It would be interesting to present our vision of further work in this field," Putin said.

He reiterated that last year Russia and Turkey had achieved significant results bringing trade to more than $25 bln.

"Unfortunately, there are some adjustments this year. We believe that this is also due to certain restrictive measures on the part of our Turkish partners on the products of the Russian metallurgical and chemical industries, here I mean fertilizers," the Russian president said.

"We would ask our Turkish friends to pay attention to this issue and pay more attention to it in the course of negotiations with Russian partners," he concluded.