“Today, we held the VIII meeting of the Russia-Turkey Joint Strategic Planning Group. We have conducted meaningful negotiations on the widest range of issues with my Turkish colleague and friend Mevlut Cavusoglu within the framework of this meeting” said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a joint press conference on the results of the VIII meeting of the Russia-Turkey Joint Strategic Planning Group in Sochi, APA’s Russian bureau reports.
“We have firstly approved the importance of political dialogue at the highest level between two countries. The regular and reliable contacts betwwen our Presidents define the strategic directions in the agenda of Russian-Turkish relations in all areas. We have thoroughly discussed bilateral relations. Especially, we have noted the decrease in our trade turnover under coronavirus restrictions regarding the economic issues and discussed the importance of what measures should be taken to restore trade turnover to a dynamic level. We talked about our huge projects, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant and others. Unfortunately, the relevant processes have been inhibited due to the pandemic. But, they again began to act. We believe that all of these projects will be implemented on time” Russian Foreign Minister has noted.
S. Lavrov has talked about his country’s relations with Turkey in the field of military-technical cooperation: “Both sides are interested in developing military-technical cooperation between our countries. Despite Washington's illegitimate pressure, we appreciate the principled position of our Turkish colleagues on the continuation of our relationships in the field of military-technical cooperation” he said.