Tuesday, March 03, 2009

STATEMENT: Turkey-Russia Ties: A Strategic Game? (kashmirwatch.com)

Kashmir Watch, March 2, By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

As his first ever trip to Russia since becoming Turkish President, Abdullah Gul paid a four-day visit to the Russian Federation from February 12 to 15 and met the Russian leaders discussing various diplomatic and economic matters. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin emphasized after his talks with the visiting Turkish President that Turkey is “a priority in our Russian foreign policy” and Russia and Turkey are set to forge strategic ties as foreign policy priority.. On February 14, Abdullah Gul held talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and adopted a joint declaration after the talks to promote ties and enhance bilateral friendship and partnership. In the declaration, announcing their commitment to deepening mutual friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation, the two Presidents urged action to take effective measures to settle frozen conflicts that could destabilize the situation in the South Caucasus.

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