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Russian, Turkish FMs to focus on Ukraine, Syria at Joint Strategic Planning Group meeting

May 27, 2014, 6:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The fourth meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group (JSPG) of the Russian-Turkish High-Level Cooperation Council on Tuesday will be chaired by Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Ahmet Davutoglu, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

“The meeting will focus on preparations of the foreign policy’s part of the upcoming fifth meeting of the High-Level Council as well as on current international and regional issues.”

The two ministers will discuss the crisis in Ukraine, developments in the Middle East, including those in Syria, and the situation in North Africa, besides, they will exchange views on other important international issues, including those linked with the Iranian nuclear programme, the situations in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and in the Balkan states, as well as bilateral interaction in the format of international organisations. The agenda includes also discussions of the cooperation in the Black Sea region.

The economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey takes an important place in the bilateral relations. The trade turnover makes 32.7 billion dollars, though it went down over the past year (by 4.5% year-on-year). The businesses are interested in mutual investments. Russia’s biggest project in Turkey is construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, where the contract’s price is about 20 billion dollars. The two countries are implementing joint projects in the energy, tourism, banking, car-making and in other sectors.

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