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Turkish FM to visit Russia

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Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan is set to visit Russia on Monday and Tuesday for discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and to attend a BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Hakan Fidan © X

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan is set to visit Russia on Monday and Tuesday for discussions with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and to attend a BRICS foreign ministers' meeting, according to an announcement by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday. 

The visit will address the latest developments in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Libya, and the South Caucasus.

Since the outbreak of the Ukraine war, Ankara has maintained relations with both Kyiv and Moscow, offering its services multiple times for a negotiated resolution to the conflict.

In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Istanbul and had planned to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 9, though the visit was canceled by Putin.

As a NATO member and a neighbor to both warring countries on the southern shore of the Black Sea, Turkey holds a unique position in this conflict. 

The visit to Moscow will also emphasize "economic cooperation" between the two nations, with a mutual commitment to increasing investments, according to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In Moscow, Fidan will attend a meeting of BRICS foreign ministers in Nizhny Novgorod on June 11. The gathering will include participation from around twenty countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and Turkey.

Before his trip to Russia, Fidan visited Doha, where he met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. This meeting took place on the sidelines of a "high-level strategic dialogue for cooperation between Turkey and the Gulf," the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on X (formerly Twitter).

This visit underscores Turkey's balancing act in maintaining relationships with both Eastern and Western powers while navigating complex geopolitical landscapes. The outcomes of these discussions could significantly influence regional stability and international relations.

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