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Turkish opposition vows to strengthen ties with Russia if it wins elections

The opposition bloc also plans to develop the country's active participation within the framework of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization and its transformation into the largest energy hub

ANKARA, January 31. /TASS/. The Turkish opposition intends to strengthen relations with Russia on the basis of equality and constructive dialogue if it wins the presidential and parliamentary elections, according to the action program of the six-party opposition bloc.

"We will strengthen relations with the Russian Federation on the basis of the principle of equality at the institutional level and through constructive dialogue," the document said.

It also revealed plans to develop Turkey's active cooperation within the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization and make it a major energy hub of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Middle East and Africa basins.

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections are expected to be held on May 14, 2023. The incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the candidate of the ruling People's Alliance, which includes his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (NMP). The opposition has not yet nominated its challenger; it is expected to do so on February 13.