Russia Stresses Need For Joint Fight With Turkey Against Terrorism

Russia Stresses Need For Joint Fight With Turkey Against Terrorism

Joint work between Russia and Turkey on fighting terrorism is taking on additional importance now that relations between the two nations are being normalized, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday (July 1).

Lavrov made the statement after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

"Our joint work on fighting terrorism is becoming more urgent,” he said at a news conference. “[The] Turkish side and us created a bilateral working group on fighting terrorism which consists of representatives of foreign ministries and the special services."  

Friday’s meeting was the first between the foreign ministers since a breakdown in diplomatic relations between Moscow and Ankara over a downed Russian jet near Turkey’s southern border with Syria where warplanes have flown sorties over various rebel groups.

"I think that contacts through other channels will also develop, including those between the military of the two countries taking into consideration actions of our airspace forces in accordance with the invitation by the Syrian government and taking into consideration the fact that Turkey is a member of the coalition led by the United States of America," Lavrov added.

He also said he had stressed in talks with Cavusoglu the importance that Turkish territory should not be used by terrorists fighting in Syria.

Lavrov and Cavusoglu met on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.