The level of five-sided cooperation since the previous meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian states four years ago has grown markedly, which dictates the need for us to meet more often in this format, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, speaking on Tuesday in Ashgabat at a ministerial meeting ahead of the summit of the heads of states of the Caspian "five", noted that the Russian Federation expects that the launch of the mechanism of the Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (CMFA) on a regular basis will bring the level of interaction to a qualitatively new level.
Lavrov noted that the Russian side is satisfied with the agreements on the final communique that were reached within the framework of the High-Level Working Group, whose experts were able to draw up a "very good and useful document" that will be submitted to the presidents on Wednesday.
Also, Sergey Lavrov, following the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Caspian states, said that the relevance and inviolability of the principles of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea were confirmed - only the states located on the Caspian Sea have sovereign rights in relation to the sea and its resources. The parties reaffirmed the principles of the convention in other areas, and also agreed to continue work on strengthening and expanding the legal framework for cooperation in the region.
The countries confirmed that the presence of armed forces of non-Caspian countries is excluded in the Caspian Sea region, and navigation is carried out only by ships flying the flag of one of the coastal states.
A bilateral meeting of the ministers of Turkmenistan and Russia was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. Rashid Meredov and Sergey Lavrov held talks before the meeting of the heads of the foreign policy departments of the Caspian states.
As Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova previously pointed out, the Council of Foreign Ministers in Ashgabat plans to review cooperation in the Caspian Sea and discuss modalities for further cooperation in preparation for the upcoming meeting of the presidents of the Caspian "five".
The main topics that the heads of state of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia will consider are security in the Caspian region, the comprehensive development of economic relations, including transport, trade, energy, cooperation in the financial sector, etc. Attention will also be paid to the environmental aspect of cooperation in the Caspian.
Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia announced Sunday that the next round of one-on-one talks between Kyiv and Moscow will take place in Turkey on March 28-30.
D. Arakhamia made the announcement on social media.
Ukraine described previous talks with Russia, launched after Russia unleashed an invasion last month, as "very difficult."
Ankara hosted the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine in Antalya earlier this month. Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Dmytro Kuleba of Ukraine met for talks in the Turkish resort town of Antalya, which Çavuşoğlu also attended. The talks were largely inconclusive, but Ankara considers the fact that they took place at all a success.
Maintaining its neutral and balanced stance, Turkey continues its diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict, urging all sides to exercise restraint. While Ankara has opposed international sanctions designed to isolate Moscow, it also closed its straits to prevent some Russian vessels from crossing through them.
NATO ally Turkey borders Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has good ties with both. Since the beginning of the conflict, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two sides and host peace talks, underlining its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Having recently called Russia’s invasion an unacceptable violation of international law, Turkey has carefully formulated its rhetoric not to offend Moscow, with which it has close energy, defense and tourism ties.
While forging close ties with Russia on energy, defense and trade, and relying heavily on Russian tourists, Turkey has sold drones to Ukraine, which angered Moscow. Turkey also opposes Russian policies in Syria and Libya, as well as Moscow's annexation of Crimea. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly said Turkey will not abandon its relations with Russia or Ukraine, underlining that Ankara's ability to speak to both sides is an asset.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba are meeting in a small resort town in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, local media reported on Thursday.
The meeting comes on the sidelines of an international forum in the presence of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
It is the first high-level meeting between Moscow and Kiev since Russia launched a "special military operation" in Ukraine on Feb. 24.
The three ministers are scheduled to hold separate press conferences following the talks in Belek, a resort town about 30 km from Antalya's provincial capital.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting is "an important continuation of the negotiation process."
While Ukrainian and Russian delegations have held three rounds of peace talks in Belarus since last week, the negotiations ended without any substantial progress on ending the conflict.
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New U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a phone talk today, discussing Georgia among others.
According to the readout from the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price, with the Russian counterpart Secretary Blinken “raised Russian interference in the 2020 United States election, its military aggression in Ukraine and Georgia, the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny, and the SolarWinds incident, among other issues.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry also released a press brief after the phone talk, without any reference to the question of Georgia being a discussion topic, however.
Sergey Lavrov: we are grateful to Turkmenistan for the wonderful organization of the work of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
“We are grateful to Turkmenistan for the wonderful organization of the work of the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey Lavrov, addressing the mass media representatives.
“Today, we have completed the process of approving a very important document that was initiated by President of Turkmenistan Mr. Gurbanguly Myalikgulyyevich Berdimuhamedov. I am talking about enhancing partnership in the foreign-policy sphere between the CIS member states.
“This is a very important document that lays the vectors for further work in international organizations and other platforms, including regional structures such as OSCE, and this is very useful. Second, the project of the Appeal to the people of the world with regard to the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War was adopted. It was agreed to promote the relevant memorable events in frames of the UN and OSCE.
“The new for our CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs document – as suggested by the Russian Federation it was adopted the declaration of ministers on the Prevention of Militarisation of Outer Space. There are a lot of warning signs that some states have plans in this area. This is crucial to draw attention to them and agree on the conditions for the non-placement of weapons in space.
“The draft strategy for cooperation in the sphere of international information security and the documents on strengthening military cooperation, including the establishment of a joint unit for humanitarian demining and the formation of joint communication systems were adopted. I’m sure that the heads of states will make important strategic decisions aimed at deepening and strengthening the CIS”, emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
The Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze doesn’t rule out to meet Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in case of "appropriate circumstances.” According to him, in the absence of diplomatic relations with Russia, Georgian side tries to use Abashidze-Karasin informal format and discussions for decreasing tensions with Russia.
“Georgia should provide peaceful policy, stabile situation in controlled territories to implement all the reforms which are in connect with European and Euro-Atlantic integration and economic development. We actively work with relevant international organizations to ensure maximum involvement of the international community in the peaceful settlement process ", - says Mikhail Janelidze.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will speak about Georgia with his Swiss counterpart. According to Russian media, Special Representative of the Ministry, Maria Zakharova stated about this.
“The leaders of Foreign Ministries will talk about a lot of issues which are connected with the Swiss granted mandate about Russian representation in Georgia and about their interests,”-Zakharova said.
As you know, Swiss Foreign Minister will visit Moscow today.