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ISTANBUL, October 10 /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress behind the closed doors. The talks are taking place in a narrow format at Istanbul’s Yildiz Palace allocated for use by the Turkish president.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov and Energy Minister Alexander Novak are taking part in the talks from the Russian side. The Turkish team includes Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu; Berat Albayrak, the minister of energy and natural resources; and Ibrahim Kalym, the deputy secretary-general of the presidential administration.
An extended Russian-Turkish meeting will be joined by Russian Army Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov; the heads of Rosneft oil company; Gazprom and the Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy - Igor Sechin, Alexey Miller and Alexey Likhachev; Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev; Kremlin’s Press Secretary and Presidential Administration’s Deputy Chief Dmitry Peskov and Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov.
The Turkish delegation will be joined by Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar; Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci; Hakan Fidan, the Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization; Ismail Demir, secretary in charge of defense industry at the Turkish Defense Ministry; etc.
Earlier, Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov clarified that the two leaders would discuss how to bring the Russian-Turkish relations back to normal in all spheres. The Syrian crisis will dominate the international agenda, Peskov emphasized.
The previous meeting between Putin and Erdogan had taken place on September 3 shortly before the G20 summit in China’s Hangzhou. Prior to that, the two countries’ leaders met in St. Petersburg on August 9.