Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 1
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the resort of Alanya on Dec. 1, TASS agency reports.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Nov. 30 that the cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in the fight against terrorism in Syria will be in the spotlight during the visit by Russia’s top diplomat.
Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu are taking part in a meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the main issues on the agenda will be the fight against terrorism in Syria, the situation in Central Asia, the Trans-Caucasus region, Ukraine and cooperation within international organizations.
Lavrov and Cavusoglu will also discuss preparations for the upcoming visit of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to Russia in early December and a meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council scheduled for the first half of 2017.
The meeting is held amid Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s earlier statement that Turkey’s Shield of Euphrates operation in Syria, which began on Aug. 24, 2016, is aimed at ousting Bashar Assad.