Russian and Turkish presidents Putin and Erdogan (photo) have agreed to further the Turkish Stream pipeline project that will supply natural gas to Turkey and Europe.

Erdoğan and Putin held talks on Sunday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit held in Antalya on Nov. 15 and 16 to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues.

The meeting between the leaders was attended by Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Ali Rıza Alaboyun and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Monday the two leaders had agreed to further the Turkish Stream project.

In October, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had said the late-2016 projected opening for the Turkish Stream pipeline project might be postponed. He maintained the conclusion of the first part of the project could be delayed until the end of 2017.

Putin and Erdogan also agreed to hold the sixth High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting in Russia on Dec. 15. The meetings are held as joint cabinet meetings during which both countries discuss economic and commercial relations, energy projects and developments in the fields of tourism, in addition to regional and international problems.

The two leaders also covered issues in the Middle East, namely the Syrian crisis and stability in the region.

Russia joined the conflict in Syria a month and a half ago with air strikes in Syria, but has been mainly targeting areas controlled by the moderate Syrian opposition fighting President Bashar al-Assad, its ally, rather than the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), critics say.

Turkey and its Western allies, by contrast, want Assad out.

source:"Todays Zaman"