Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Turkey today for a state visit. During the visit, the Russian leader is expected to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara to discuss in particular the issue of Syria and Russian-Turkish military and technical cooperation, TASS reports.
Putin and Erdogan will hold the fifth meeting of the top level Cooperation Council. Meetings are held annually in turn in Russia and Turkey. “This is a governing body developing both the strategy and key directions of development of relations between the two countries, coordinating implementation of the key projects of political, trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation,” Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.
He said “on a proposal from the Turkish side, Putin’s participation in the meeting will be held in the form of a state visit.” Putin paid his previous state visit to Armenia on December 2, 2013.