Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
On May 8, at the initiative of the Turkish side, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The ministers discussed the current situation in Syria, emphasising the importance of the two countries coordinating efforts to implement the Memorandum on stabilising the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, and combating the terrorist threat while respecting the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also affirmed their shared commitment to continue working within the framework of the Astana format in order to accelerate the political settlement process in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as well as the decisions taken by the Syrian National Dialogue Congress.
The need to continue the substantive exchange of views concerning the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Cyprus settlement process, was noted, as was the Russian position that any actions to complicate this process would be unacceptable.
Following up on the agreements reached during the eighth Meeting of High-Level Cooperation Council between Russia and Turkey held in Moscow on April 8, 2019 and co-chaired by both countries’ presidents, the officials discussed a range of issues concerning bilateral relations as well as the schedule of upcoming Russian-Turkish contacts at different levels.
Mr Cavusoglu also expressed his deep condolences in connection with the passenger plane crash that occurred at Sheremetyevo Airport on May 5.