Turkish, Russian business councils sign cooperation deal

The Turkish-Russian Business Council and Moscow Industrialists & Entrepreneurs Confederation signed a cooperation agreement in Istanbul on Friday.

Turkish, Russian business councils sign cooperation deal

The Turkish-Russian Business Council and Moscow Industrialists & Entrepreneurs Confederation signed a cooperation agreement in Istanbul on Friday.

"Russia has become the most important economic partner of Turkey," Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the chairman of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), said during the signature ceremony.

Hisarciklioglu said visa exemption would bring forth significant economic opportunities in coming days.

"Our main target is to boost bilateral relations and raise prosperity of the two nations," Cem Kozlu, the chairman of Turkish-Russian Business Council, said.

Also speaking in the ceremony, Elena Panina, the chairperson of the Moscow confederation, said Russia saw Turkey a country beyond a neighbor.

Panina said there was a project named "Istanbul House" in Russia, and the confederation wanted to launch the project "Moscow House" in Istanbul.

The confederation chairperson suggested to organize a Turkish films week in Russia, and a Russian films week in Turkey.

Panina referred to economic crisis Spain and Greece were undergoing right now, and said Russian people preferred Turkey as a tourist destination and Turkey should not miss the current opportunity.

Russia was Turkey's leading commercial partner in 2009, with a 38 billion USD trade volume according to the Turkish capital of Ankara and a 33.8 billion USD volume as reported by the Russian capital.

Turkey is currently Russia's 5th biggest partner in trade.

The two countries aim at increasing their bilateral trade volume to 100 billion USD in the next 5 years.

According to official data, investments by Turkish businessmen in Russia have reached 6 billion USD, while Russian entrepreneurs' investments in Turkey amount to nearly 4 billion USD.


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