Turkish, Russian foreign ministers to hold meeting in Antalya
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu pose for a photo during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Turkish, Russian foreign ministers to hold meeting in Antalya

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will meet in Turkey this Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced.

During the meetings to be held in Antalya, parties will discuss Turkish-Russian bilateral relations and regional issues, the ministry said.

Çavuşoğlu and his Russian counterpart Lavrov will discuss the situation in the South Caucasus, Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Central Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, Syria and Libya, according to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry released Monday.

Noting that issues related to the development of commercial and economic cooperation will also be discussed, the statement added that the bilateral trade volume shot up 22.5% in the January-April period compared to the same period in 2020, topping $9 billion (TL 78.59 billion).

Cooperation in the field of military/technical and high technology will also be evaluated.

The statement also said the two top diplomats will discuss issues related to the fight against COVID-19 and the use and production of the Sputnik V vaccine in Turkey.

This article originally appeared in DAILY SABAH on 29 June 2021.