Russian FM visits Turkey to promote bilateral cooperation

08:54, January 20, 2011      

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Istanbul on Wednesday night for a two-day visit, during which he will attend a meeting of cooperation council between Turkey and Russia, Turkish sources told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Lavrov will also meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday, the sources added.

The Russian foreign minister will attend the first meeting of the Turkish-Russian Joint Strategic Planning Group that is a preparatory work ahead of the Turkish-Russian High-level Cooperation Council meeting scheduled to be held in Moscow in March.

Russia and Turkey established the High-Level Cooperation Council, an inter-governmental cooperation mechanism, in 2010 to promote cooperation between the two states.

Turkey also have similar mechanisms with other countries in the region such as Iraq, Syria and Greece.

The relations between Turkey and Russia have expanded basically on economic cooperation. Therefore, the cooperation council mainly focuses on economic ties, especially on energy deals.

Turkey and Russia signed a mutual visa exemption deal for their citizens in May 2010 and as a part of that, a readmission agreement was signed on Tuesday, and both will be in practice following a parliament adoption in Turkey.

Source: Xinhua

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