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BAKU, June 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in the Azerbaijani capital for the opening ceremony of the first-ever European Games on Friday, will hold talks on Saturday to discuss bilateral relations and key regional problems. The Kremlin expects the meeting will be meaningful.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has not ruled out that the theme of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project may be raised.
"Of course, if there is enough time, there may be an exchange of opinion on crucial major projects on the bilateral agenda," Peskov told the media.
At the beginning of this week Putin and Erdogan discussed progress in the implementation of joint energy projects by telephone. The Kremlin’s press-service preferred not to disclose the details of the conversation.
About the talks due on Saturday Peskov said they were going to be very tight and meaningful.
"It will be a rather important meeting, indeed," he said adding that Putin and Erdogan met last time a while ago.
"Russia and Turkey remain important partners in trade, the economy and investment into a variety of projects, including those in the energy sphere," Peskov said, adding that each time the two leaders met they had a vast agenda to discuss.
"The more so, since the meeting is to take place in the wake of Turkey’s parliamentary elections," Peskov said.
"Of course, it will be crucial to synchronize watches and to exchange opinion on the no simple situation in regional affairs," Peskov said, adding that Syria was among such issues.
Peskov specifically mentioned the fact that the Russian-Turkish summit meeting was agreed when it turned out that both Putin and Erdogan were going to be present at the opening ceremony of the First European Games. He called for making a distinction between full-scale negotiations that are held in the course of a pre-planned visit with large delegations taking part on either side and a meeting on the sidelines of a major international event.
"The forthcoming meeting is going to be substantive. It will certainly be very meaningful, but naturally it will not be a bilateral visit," Peskov said.