Turkish, Russian PMs to mull economic cooperation: Turkish official
Turkey, Istanbul, Jan. 11 / Trend H.Altınalan /
Economic cooperation will be the main topic of discussions during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Moscow visit, Turkish Foreign Ministry's Eurasia Department Head Mehmet Fatih Jeylan said
He said the Turkey-Russia economic cooperation will be the main topic of the Erdogan-Putin meeting.
Jan. 12, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Moscow upon his Russian Counterpart Vladimir Putin's invitation. During his visit, Erdogan will mull further development of the Turkey-Russia relations, particularly energy and economic issues discussed during Putin's Ankara visit held in August 2009, and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Turkish-Russian relations mainly focus on economic field, he added.
"Erdogan's visit aims at bringing the Turkish-Russian economic cooperation to the level recorded in 2008," Jeylan said.
Regarding the possible discussions over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, he said the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh problem may be mulled during Erdogan's visit.
Discussions over resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem has not been ruled out, he added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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