Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Medvedev: Russia Ready to Build Bilateral Relations with Turkey

MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Turkey’s newly-elected Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on his appointment to the post, noting that Russia is ready to build a cooperative relationship with Turkey, in a letter quoted by Medvedev’s press service on Tuesday.

“Russia and Turkey are tied by long-term partner relations. I am sure that further strengthening of cooperation in the trade and economic, investment, scientific, technical, cultural, and other spheres fully meets the interests of both countries. I am ready for active joint work aimed at building multi-faceted bilateral cooperation,” Medvedev said.

Turkey held its first ever direct presidential elections on August 10. Previously the leadership had been appointed by parliament ever since the establishment of Turkey as a republic in 1923. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the election securing 52 percent of the votes.

On August 28, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was elected as the country’s new prime minister.



  • FM spokesperson’s response to journalists’ questions regarding today’s statement’s from Turkish President Erdogan in occupied Cyprus

Hellenic MFA, 1/9/14:
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Konstantinos Koutras stated the following in response to journalists’ questions regarding today’s statements from Turkish President Erdogan in occupied Cyprus:

“The newly elected President of Turkey, Mr. Erdogan, carried out an illegal visit to the occupied section of Cyprus, making disappointing statements that simply confirm Ankara’s persistence in its aggressive policy against the Republic of Cyprus, a member state of the United Nations and of the European Union, accession to which Turkey is pursuing. And Turkey’s European course passes through recognition of, and normalization of its relations with, the Republic of Cyprus.

With these statements, Mr. Erdogan attempted, among other things, to equate certain of Greece’s international obligations with Turkey’s heavy burden of responsibility regarding the Cyprus issue. Any such parallel is historically and legally groundless and, thus, politically unacceptable. Turkey bears full and exclusive responsibility for ending the illegal military occupation and ongoing crime of settlement in Cyprus, and for restoring the right of all Greek Cypriot refugees to return to their hearths and property.

Moreover, if Turkey wants, as it claims, to facilitate the negotiations for the resolution of the Cyprus issue, it should, without any further delay, proceed to practical moves of good will, comply with the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, and end any illegal or provocative activity in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.”
mfa.gr 1/9/14

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