Russia, Turkey may sign cooperation program in January 2017

Serious progress has been reached in the spheres of tourism and air service.

Russia and Turkey are expected to sign a medium-term program of economic, cultural and scientific-and-technical cooperation in January 2017, Russia Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev said on Sunday.

"Serious progress has been reached in the spheres of tourism and air service. We have achieved serious progress in drafting a new legal framework for our relations. The text of a medium-term program of economic, scientific-and technical and cultural cooperation is practically ready," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

"We have settled all our differences. The document is practically ready for signing. We hope it will be signed in the presence of the two countries’ presidents in January, during a session of the top-level cooperation council," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci said after talks with his Russian counterpart that the cooperation program covers a period of four years. He also said that Russia and Turkey may sign a free trade agreements by the end of 2017.

First published by TASS.

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