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Foreign ministers set stage for Putin-Erdogan meeting in April

Expect to see an effort to boost Russian-Turkish collaboration when the presidents of both countries meet in two weeks.

When the Russia-Turkey High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) meets next month in Ankara, the presidents of each country are expected to discuss the issues of lifting visa requirements and deepening economic and military-technical cooperation, as well as developments in war-torn Syria, where each country pursues its own interests and, currently, tries not to interfere in the other’s business.

These were important topics at the March 14 annual Russian-Turkish Joint Strategic Planning Group in Moscow, a precursor meeting to the HLCC. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu focused on a bilateral agenda and preparations for the top-level meeting in Turkey.

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