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Russian, Turkish Defense Heads Meet In Turkey

7 December 2004 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today met with his Turkish counterpart Vecdi Gonul in the Turkish capital Ankara.

The two defense chiefs discussed several issues, including joint naval cooperation and ensuring stability in Georgia.

Ivanov said Russia wants to increase its arms trade with Turkey.

Gonul said that he reiterated Ankara's request for Moscow to recognize the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK), as a terrorist organization.

Ivanov said Russia will consider that request.

The talks come a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey for meetings with Turkish leaders.