Russian FM 'to Visit Turkey By End Of 2016'

Russian FM 'to visit Turkey by end of 2016'

 ANKARA, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 16th August, 2016) : Russia's foreign minister will visit Turkey by the end of current year, a senior diplomat has told Anadolu Agency. Speaking on Wednesday, Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov said Sergey Lavrov would visit amid the ongoing normalization of relations between the two countries. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Karlov said there was an ongoing effort to re-establish relations both in the political and economic fields.

Karlov said the 'next step' would likely be in November or December. According to the ambassador, the countries' economy ministers will also meet at a Joint Economic Commission in Istanbul in October. "Unfortunately, we lost seven months in Moscow-Ankara relations since the jet crisis," Karlov said, referring to the shooting down of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces last November. "We just need to reach the former level and work for new horizons," he said.

Ties between Moscow and Ankara entered a new phase following a meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin on August 9 in St. Petersburg. Relations between the two countries had soured after the downing of the Russian jet which had violated Turkish airspace on the Syrian border. The issue seemed largely resolved on June 29 through a letter and subsequent telephone calls between the countries' leaders.