Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

On August 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who was in Moscow on a brief working visit.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu:

As part of the dynamically developing dialogue between the Russian and Turkish Foreign Ministries, they closely considered current bilateral issues, including the implementation of trade, economic and energy projects strategically important for Moscow and Ankara, cultural and tourism ties, and further liberalisation of the bilateral visa regime.

The two ministers also exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of mutual interest, particularly the situation in the Middle East, the Black Sea region, the Balkans and Cyprus.

They focused on the current situation in Syria and its further stabilisation. The foreign ministers emphasised how important it is for Russia and Turkey to continue, including within the Astana format, to coordinate their anti-terrorism efforts and more actively seek a political solution to the Syrian crisis and make sure refugees and internally displaced persons are able to return to their homes shortly.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu: