Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit the Republic of Turkey on December 1, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.
According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, Lavrov will take part in the Russian-Turkish joint strategic planning group, which will be held for the first time after the Su-24 crash.
Among the key issues of the negotiations between Lavrov and his Turkish colleagues will be the situation in Syria and Ukraine:
“It is planned to conduct an in-depth exchange of views on a broad range of bilateral and regional international issues, to discuss the situation in Syria and the whole situation in the region. The discussions will also focus on enhancing the effectiveness of combating international terrorism. A dialogue on issues related to the situation in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine will be continued, too,” Zakharova said.
It should be noted that the relations between the two states extremely deteriorated due to the fact that the Turkish military hit a Russian bomber on the border with Syria. The relations started to improve in the summer of 2016, after Erdogan expressed regret in connection with the Su-24 crash.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting with Presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan,Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev, where they discussed the possibility of Turkey’ membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).