He added that Russia and Turkey enjoy “very close coordination” in areas including trade, investment, culture and “mega-projects.” Russia is assisting Turkey in building its first nuclear power plant and a Black Sea gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine.

Putin plans to compare notes with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues including peacekeeping in Syria, the Kremlin spokesman s

aid.

The missile contract cements bilateral ties after Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on the border with Syria in late 2015 sending diplomatic relations into a tailspin.