Russia appreciates Türkiye's foreign policy approach and its efforts to restore balance in the world, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan in the Russian capital Moscow.
Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, who is on an official visit to Moscow, the capital of Russia, started his contacts. Fidan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Foreign Ministry building. The two ministers posed for the press and then proceeded to the meeting.
During the press conference, Lavrov evaluated regional issues. He said that he had indicated to Fidan that additional steps should be taken to normalize Türkiye-Syria relations.
He also noted that Türkiye played an active role in trying to resolve the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
"The normalization of relations between Armenia and Türkiye was also discussed. According to the Armenia-Azerbaijan-Russia agreements, there was a post-conflict reconstruction. Türkiye plays a positive role in this," Lavrov said.
"We appreciate Türkiye's foreign policy approach. Western countries want to put it under suspicion. In this context, we consider it mutually beneficial to work constructively as equal partners," Lavrov added.
Lavrov also stated that they had discussed the grain agreement with Fidan and said that they would re-evaluate this issue if the provisions they mentioned were fulfilled.
Turkish Foreign Minister Fidan said that Türkiye was working hard on the grain agreement and that the United Nations (UN) was also working on this issue.
"There is a process trying to better understand Russia's demands. There is work being carried out on what can be done for a more permanent grain agreement so that the disruptions in the first implementation period do not occur in this period. There are a lot of technical details, and today we went into technical details and prepared the briefing that we will present to our leaders. Our efforts on this issue will continue," Fidan said.
The Turkish Foreign Minister also spoke about the highly anticipated meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the world press is eagerly awaiting.
"President Erdogan will soon meet with Russian President Putin in Sochi. This meeting was a preparation for the meeting of our leaders. We made a general evaluation. We discussed what we can do to further our cooperation. We compared our perspectives in Syria, Africa, and the Caucasus, which are important for our countries. I will meet with Mr Shoigu tomorrow," the Turkish Minister emphasized.
Source: Ihlas News Agency