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Russia, Turkey talk Iran, middle east peace
April 17, 2013, 3:11 pm


Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov (r) and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu [AP]

Russia and Turkey have held talks on the latest developments in the Middle East, mainly Iranian nuclear issues and the Middle East peace process.

“It is Turkey and Russia’s common wish to see stability and peace prevail in the global scale. Russia is forward to provide any solution to the disputes,” Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov stressed.

Lavrov is in Istanbul to attend the third meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

“We talked on the visa exemption policy between Turkey and Russia during this meeting and we agreed next meeting will be organized in the next month in Saint Petersburg,” Davutoglu said.

Russia has become Turkey’s second largest trade partner in recent years. In 2012, the trade volume between Russia and Turkey reached 34 billion dollars.

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set a new target of $100 billion in trade volume by 2020.


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