Transcript of Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Russian Federation Igor Ivanov's Remarks at Press Conference Following Signing of a Russian-Turkish Document (New York, November 16, 2001)
Today we are participants of an important event in Russian-Turkish relations. The document that my colleague, Mr. Ismail Cem, and I have just signed marks a qualitatively new level of cooperation between our countries in international and bilateral affairs.
A new mechanism of consultations is being created - the High-Level Joint Working Group made up of the representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs. Perhaps for the first time in a Russian-Turkish document, the fields of dialogue and cooperation are set forth so extensively. We have agreed to cooperate actively in the Eurasian area, including with a view to assisting the political resolution of conflict situations, reinforcement of stability and the creation of conditions for sustainable development in this region. Turkey is an important state in the area located to the south of Russian borders and promoting a many-sided and constructive partnership with it is naturally among the major regional priorities of Russia. Our two countries, occupying a unique geographical position on the European and Asian continents, have a wide field of common interests.
The directions of Russian-Turkish consultations cover many aspects of the international agenda - from the Balkans to the Middle East and from cooperation within the UN to discussions of European security problems. In the preparation of the document the similarity of our views on the international situation was recorded, including basic principles for building a world order of the 21st century, such as the supremacy of law in international relations and strengthening of collective mechanisms for dealing with key problems in world affairs.
A first priority for the international community today is counteraction against international terrorism and other global threats and challenges. Russia and Turkey declare their readiness to make a joint contribution to these efforts, and a determination to fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
We will work to ensure that the big potential of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey is used more effectively, and that extensive contacts are developed in the cultural and humanitarian fields. On the whole it is a question of imparting a fresh impetus to good-neighborly relations between our countries and securing the establishment in them of an atmosphere of mutual openness and trust, in a word - a genuine partnership.