Turkey's PM to visit Russia for council meeting

Davutoglu said that Erdogan would pay a visit to Russia in spring to attend the second meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council in Moscow.

Turkey's PM to visit Russia for council meeting

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would pay a visit to Russia in spring to attend the second meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council in Moscow.

Davutoglu said at a joint news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov after attending the meeting of Turkey-Russia Joint Strategic Planning Group at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace, "today, we held the first meeting of the planning group which was established as part of the High-Level Cooperation Council. The relations between Turkey and Russia do not consist of only the neighborly and friendly relations. They are also two partner countries having a joint perspective about regional and global developments."

"We had the chance of reviewing our bilateral relations as well as regional and global developments at the meeting today. The second meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council will take place in Moscow in the spring. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and I will travel to Russia to attend the meeting. These gatherings will add a new dimension to Turkey-Russia relations," he said.

"Turkey and Russia have taken very important steps about energy. We are determined to bring our energy cooperation to the highest level," he said.

"Recent developments in Caucasus, Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East were also high on agenda of today's meeting. I informed Mr. Lavrov on my meetings with Lebanese authorities. Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, made important contributions to the Middle East. We also reviewed cooperation areas in the Black Sea," he said.

Asked about Iran, Davutoglu said that Turkey would host a meeting between Iran and the P5+1 countries (5 permanent members of the UN Security Council China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States + Germany).

"We are against nuclear weapons, but we believe that all countries have the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy. It is also the responsibility of all countries to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. A solution can be reached if peaceful nuclear energy is allowed and if Iran offers assurances that it won't seek nuclear weapons," he added.


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