23 July 202019:21

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

1137-23-07-2020

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On July 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu exchanged views on the current situation in the South Caucasus. In connection with the recent escalation of violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Russian side emphasised the need for a balanced approach and containment of the parties involved in the conflict to prevent the further aggravation of the situation, ensure security on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, and intensify efforts for the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. They agreed to develop cooperation between Moscow and Ankara to stabilise the region.

Following up on Russian-Turkish interdepartmental consultations in Ankara on July 21-22, both ministers reaffirmed the need for the further exchange of views on ways to expedite stabilisation in Libya, the cessation of hostilities there and the establishment of an UN-mediated intra-Libyan dialogue.

A number of issues on the bilateral agenda were also touched on. They agreed that personal contact needs to be resumed as the spread of the coronavirus infection declines.

Sergey Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed to continue the Russian-Turkish dialogue on a wide range of issues of mutual interest.

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