Russian FM due in Istanbul to boost Turkey ties

19th January 2011, Comments 1 comment

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is due in Istanbul Wednesday to attend the first meeting of a new Russian-Turkish strategic planning group, diplomats said.

Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu are to chair the meeting that will focus on organizing the work of the meeting set up to boost bilateral cooperation.

A wide range of issues are expected to be discussed at the meeting, including bilateral relations, European security, the situation in the Middle East and the Balkans, diplomats from Russia and Turkey said.

Last May, the two countries set up a body tasked with strengthening bilateral relations and coordinating large joint projects.

Russia and Turkey have increased bilateral trade in recent years, signing an agreement last May for the construction of the first Turkish nuclear power plant in the south of the country.

Turkey also plans to build a second nuclear power plant at Sinop on the Black Sea coast.

© 2011 AFP

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