Lavrov and Cavusoglu turn page in Russian-Turkish history

Lavrov and Cavusoglu turn page in Russian-Turkish history

Today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks in Moscow within the sixth meeting of the Joint Group for Strategic Planning.

The meeting was dedicated to a wide range of issues on the bilateral Russian-Turkish and international agenda, and stabilization in Syria will be among the focal points at the talks,  the correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza reported.

"The sixth meeting of the Joint Group for Strategic Planning is primary devoted to preparing the Russian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) involving the Russian and Turkish presidents, which will be held in Ankara on April 3. We are interested in ensuring the effectiveness of the summit, including with regard to the economic cooperation, trade, investment and energy cooperation," Lavrov said at the talks, adding that the Turkish Stream project and the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant are important bilateral projects.

Speaking of important factors linking the two countries, the minister noted very good prospects and accumulated experience in the field of cultural and humanitarian ties. "As for international issues, we will focus on the Syrian settlement, whithin which Russia,Turkey and Iran initiated the Astana process and the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue in Sochi. Traditionally we attache great importance to the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia at our meetings. Of course, we would like to share our views on the current situation between our delegations," he concluded.

Cavusoglu, in turn, said that he was glad to be in Moscow on the occasion of the 6th meeting of the Joint Group for Strategic Planning. "The Presidents firmly expressed their intention to develop our bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in solving regional issues and problems, so we are working together with them in this direction," he stressed.

"We are implementing the key projects of historical significance - Akkuyu and Turkish Stream. I would like to note that our relations in the sphere of trade and economy are actively developing. This is preparatory meeting in the run-up to a new session of the High Level Cooperation Council in Ankara on April 3. Along with the development of bilateral relations, there is mutual interest to extend cooperation in addressing regional issues." Cavusoglu said.

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