01/19/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/19/2020 09:32
Beginning of meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Esteemed Mr President, dear friend,
I am very pleased to meet you again, this time in Berlin.
I and all of us are satisfied with the results of our visit to Istanbul on January 8. I would like to thank you for the warm atmosphere during our joint work at the launch of the TurkStream. I think this was a momentous event in the power industry of our countries, and that of Europe as well.
We have indeed forged very kind, constructive, trust-based relations in practically all areas where we operate. Our dialogue is always not easy, though it is business-like. But we have learned to reach agreements, we have learned to seek and find compromises acceptable for both parties. In my view this is a very good example of constructive cooperation between neighbours.
Esteemed Mr President,
We are really working very effectively in many key areas of international policy, especially those of a regional nature. I mean Syria, I mean everything related to Iran's nuclear programme, and I certainly mean the resolution of the Libyan conflict.
I think you and I made a very big step during our meeting in Istanbul by calling the Libyan sides to a ceasefire, cessation of hostilities, and even though some incidents still occur, the two sides have heeded our call and large-scale hostilities have been halted. In my opinion, it is already a very good result, which sets the scene for today's multilateral meeting here in Berlin, where we are now.
Russia supports Chancellor Merkel's initiative on the Libya settlement. This situation is a concern for everyone and it disturbs you and me, as leaders of countries close to that region. It is certainly disturbing for all of Europe since a flood of refugees to Europe from the Middle East and Africa rushed through the gate Libya opened wide after the assassination of Gaddafi.
Yes, indeed, the two of us have been working proactively to have a positive finale for the meeting of the conflicting parties in Moscow. The mere fact that they came to Moscow and had talks, not only with us but also with each other. I think we must thank our colleagues - foreign and defences ministers who placed great effort in getting the negotiating parties to come to an agreement and supported a joint statement.
True, not everything was successful. One of the parties did not uphold the statement, at least at the moment, but we keep hoping that the dialogue will continue, and we will strive with sincerity to advocate the conflict's resolution.
I am very glad to have the opportunity to meet with you here in Berlin today and to discuss the whole range of our relations.
Thank you very much.