It’s time to discuss new prospects of cooperation with Russia rather than the recent crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an exclusive interview with TASS ahead of the visit of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Turkey.
Russia’s top diplomat will meet with his Turkish counterpart in the resort city Alanya on December 1.
“We should not speak about how to return our relations to the pre-crisis level. We should discuss how to develop them further and bring them to new heights,” Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu called to abandon the wording “before crisis” and “after crisis” and view the relations as demanded by the “strategic vision of both states.”
“Our government has never looked at relations with Russia from the viewpoint of narrow and limited prospects. Our focus is on $100 bln trade, the Akkuyu NPP, the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and other major projects,” he said.
Russia and Turkey have become the two countries that can easily implement these multibillion dollar projects, Cavusoglu stressed. “I’m sure that in the coming years we will have many other possibilities to fulfill these joint projects that due to their scale will leave in the shadow the above mentioned ones.”
Turkey and Russia are not just neighbors but are ages-old countries which have together defined the “rhythm of movement in Eurasian geography for many centuries.” “We have always seen our relations from this strategic viewpoint. Our leaders have such strategic views for the long run what allowed us to overcome that difficult time in our relations within a short time,” he said.
Turkey’s top priority now is to “bring the maximum possible benefit to the people of two countries and the region”.