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    Russian-Turkish Policies to Frame Middle East, Ukraine Developments - Lawmaker

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    Russia-Turkey policies will have a major effect on the region including the Middle East and Ukraine, a Turkish lawmaker told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia and Turkey are jointly developing policies that will have a profound effect on the wider region, including the Middle East and Ukraine, Ahmet Berat Conkar, a member of the Turkish parliament, as well as the co-chair of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Turkish-Russian Civic Forum, told Sputnik Monday.

    "The common policies which are being developed by Turkey and Russia in the region will have a defining significance for the situation in the Middle East, in the Caucasus, in Eastern Europe and in Ukraine," Conkar said.

    The comment comes a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to meet his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Russia's second-largest city of St. Petersburg. The meeting is set to be the first since November's crisis in Russian-Turkish relations over the Su-24 downing incident.

    The two countries' leaders are certain to agree on highly important decisions relating to security, stability and prosperity of the Eurasian region in the future Conkar said, adding that such moves are necessitated by geopolitical realities.

    "I therefore think that tomorrow's meeting of our countries' presidents will become a historic one. I am certain that decisions to be taken by president Erdogan and president Putin, as well as their implementation, will lay a solid foundation for a stable development of Turkey, Russia, the region and the whole world," he said.

    Ankara and Moscow ended seven months of strained relations in late June when Erdogan wrote a letter to Putin, apologizing for the downing of the Russian Su-24 attack aircraft by a Turkish jet in November 2015 over Syria and extending his condolences to the family of the pilot killed in the incident.


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