Aug 09 2018

Russian, Turkish FMs to meet in Turkey next week

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will receive his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, next Monday in Ankara, where they will discuss international issues and bilateral relations and take part in an ambassadors’ conference, Turkish Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak reported on Thursday.

The topics up for discussion include the war in Syria, where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are bearing down on Idlib, the last major territory in the country controlled by the opposition.

The pair will also reportedly discuss issues related to the Black Sea, Middle East, Central Asia and Ukraine.

They will also discuss bilateral economic and trade issues, including the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, which when completed will carry Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey, and the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, southern Turkey, which is currently under construction in a project led by Russian firm Rosatom.

The visit was announced by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova as Turkey’s relations with its long-time allies the United States continue to flounder.

In July, Washington sparked a plunge in the Turkish lira when it hit two Turkish ministers with sanctions in response to the imprisonment by Turkey of U.S. citizens and employees, and the currency continued to drop this week as a Turkish delegation returned from Washington without any sign of rapprochement.