Russia’s president marked “a significant success” in Turkish-Russian relations in his New Year greetings to his Turkish counterpart on Monday.

According to the Kremlin website, Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the most often contacted counterpart for Vladimir Putin in 2019.

In his address published on the Kremlin website, Putin noted that Turkey and Russia “had managed to achieve significant success in the implementation of mutually beneficial strategic projects, including in energy and military and technical cooperation.”

He said that in 2019 the two countries outlined “new prospective areas for the development of Russian-Turkish trade and economic ties.”

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