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Russia’s foreign minister to visit Turkey for talks on Sunday

Russia’s foreign minister to visit Turkey for talks on Sunday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to visit Turkey on Sunday for talks. The top Russian diplomat will be accompanied by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Reuter said on Saturday.

Ankara and Moscow are ready for talks, which are expected to focus on war-torn Libya and Syria. During the visit, delegations are expected to have consultations and discuss coordination on regional issues, the Turkish Foreign Ministry commented on the upcoming event.

As the Turkish FM said, the meetings on Sunday will include military and security officials from both sides.

One of the main topics will be armed conflict in Syria where Turkey supports opposition fighters in Syria, while Russia backs Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

In Libya, Russia shows support to Khalifa Haftar, while Turkey throwing its weight behind the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). In recent weeks, GNA forces have repelled an over year-long assault on capital Tripoli by the Libyan National Army (LNA), backed by Russia.

The talks on Sunday are expected to reach the ceasefire in the war-torn countries to give the humanitarian organizations like ICRS and UNHCR to help the civilian population, taking into account the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic.

In March, Ankara and Moscow signed an agreement, which led to a ceasefire halting fighting in northwest Syria’s Idlib, but the region has been hit by airstrikes this week.