Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the invitation of the Turkish prime ministers and will attend the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) summit to be held in Istanbul on June 25.
The summit, which will address a number of issues including energy, transportation, trade and investment, organized crime, combating terrorism and environmental degradation, will be attended by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko and heads of states or cabinet leaders from other member countries Georgia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Armenia, which previously announced that it would not attend at the level of president, will be represented by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan.
Established in Istanbul in 1992, the BSEC includes member countries Turkey, the Russian Federation, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Moldova and Armenia. The organization set its goal as contributing to the maintenance of political stability and promotion of economic cooperation in the region. Member countries are dispersed throughout the Balkans, the Caucasus and Black Sea regions inhabited by 350 million people.
The foreign trade volume of the region is $300 billion. The region, which has the second largest energy resources in the world, also serves as a major artery of international transportation.
Source: Today's Zaman
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