Τρίτη, 27 Αυγούστου 2019

EΡΝΤΟΓΑΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΜΟΣΧΑ/ΠΕΡΑΙΤΕΡΩ ΕΝΔΥΝΑΜΩΣΗ ΡΩΣΟΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΗΣ ΑΕΡΟΔΙΑΣΤΗΜΙΚΗΣ ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΣΙΑΣ/ΕΦΘΑΣΕ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΓΚΥΡΑ S400

President Erdoğan meets Putin in Moscow, vows to further deepen ties with Russia

President Erdoğan meets Putin in Moscow, vows to further deepen ties with Russia Turkey takes ‘important steps’ in the aviation sphere and will deepen cooperation with Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 27 during the opening ceremony of MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon.
Erdoğan said ties with Russia will further deepen thanks to cooperation in aviation and space technology.
He also reiterated that Ankara wants to increase its bilateral trade volume with Russia to $100 billion.
Putin, for his part, said Moscow "deeply appreciates" the global attention paid to the MAKS air show.    
"I'm sure that all our partners, including, of course, our Turkish friends, Turkish delegation, will be interested in the achievements of aviation and space industry, the last generation products and this will open the new possibilities for the cooperation of the two countries," he added.  
Putin said the aircraft construction highly depends on the international cooperation, combined efforts of the constructors and scientists, and the effective use of the industrial outputs.    
Erdoğan is in Moscow for a one-day trip. The two leaders had agreed to meet during a phone conversation last week as Erdoğan expressed his concerns over the intensified military operations by Russia-backed Syrian regime forces in the de-militarized province of Idlib.
Turkey and Russia agreed to create a de-escalation zone in the province in September 2018 with the former establishing 12 observation posts inside the enclave and the latter, outside Idlib.
The main objective of the Turkish-Russian deal was to avoid a major military operation by the Syrian army into the highly populated Idlib province and thus a major humanitarian tragedy and a fresh influx of refugees.
Turkey has begun strengthening its observation posts, particularly No. 9 in Morek and No. 8, because of the increased attacks by the Syrian army. A Turkish convoy bound for Morek was hit last week and three civilians were killed in the attack.
Turkey has strongly condemned the aggression and said it will retaliate in kind should the attacks against its troops continue. It has also called on Russia to convey the message to Damascus.
It was expected that the two presidents would discuss the developments in Idlib in a comprehensive way in order to avoid the collapse of the September 2018 deal on the province. Russia would renew its calls on Turkey to push all the jihadist terror groups away from the Idlib as Putin complained that the terrorists have increased their influence in the province from 50 percent to 90 percent in the last period.
President Erdoğan was also expected to inform the Russian president about the Turkish-American efforts to set up a safe zone in the eastern part of the Turkish-Syrian border.