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Talks were held between the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation and Turkey on the South Caucasus

31.10.2021 150 просмотров

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome the prospects for launching a regional mechanism in the 3+3 format in the South Caucasus.

“The main attention during the conversation was paid to coordinating the efforts of the two countries to further stabilize the situation in the Balkans and Transcaucasia. The possibility of joint steps to promote a Bosnian settlement, including through the use of multilateral formats, was discussed. An exchange of views took place on the prospects for launching the 3+3 regional mechanism in order to unblock economic and transport ties and promote mutually beneficial infrastructure projects in the South Caucasus,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday after the meeting.

Also the ministers discussed a number of other issues on the international agenda and key aspects of bilateral relations between Russia and Turkey.

With the initiative on a six-sided format of cooperation (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Iran) on Karabakh and the issue of unblocking economic and transport ties the leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey Ilham Aliyev and Tayyip Erdogan spoke earlier in the region. Iran welcomed this idea, assuring them of its readiness to contribute to steps to strengthen peace in the region. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Russian side is working with colleagues from Armenia, and also hopes that Georgia will also express interest in creating such a mechanism.

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