PRESS RELEASE
Regular Meeting of the Russian-Turkish
High-Level Joint Working Group (HLJWG) in Ankara

2671-20-12-2005

The sixth regular meeting of the Russian-Turkish High-Level Joint Working Group (HLJWG) took place in Ankara on December 19. It was established in accordance with the Plan of Action to Promote Cooperation Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey in Eurasia, signed by the two countries' Foreign Ministers on November 16, 2001.

The cochairmen of the working group are: from the Russian side, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko, and from the Turkish side, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Uzumcu. A meeting of the Russian delegation's leader with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ali Tuigan, took place.

In the course of the HLJWG meeting, prospects for the further development of Russian-Turkish relations in the political, economic and other fields were examined. The sides also discussed some pressing regional and international problems, among them Middle East settlement and the situation in Iraq, conditions in the Black Sea region, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Cyprus settlement.

The next meeting of the High-Level Joint Working Group is scheduled to be held in Moscow in 2006.

December20, 2005