Turkey, Russia agree to speed up efforts for Caucasus alliance

Turkish and Russian FMs would speed up efforts to develop the Stability and Cooperation Platform in the Caucasus suggested by Turkey, Erdogan said.

Turkey, Russia agree to speed up efforts for Caucasus alliance

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Wednesday in Moscow to hold talks with Russian officials on the conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

Erdogan, who was received by Russian President Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev, told reporters before the meeting that economic, political and military relations with Russia was progressing. He added that they would discuss the situation in South Ossetia during the meeting.

Also speaking before the meeting, Medvedev told reporters that Turkey-Russian relations were growing in all areas, noting that the trade volume between the two countries reached 25 billion USD. He said they would discuss Georgia's aggressiveness during the meeting.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan is also attending the meeting.

Turkish and Russian foreign ministers would speed up efforts to develop the Stability and Cooperation Platform in the Caucasus suggested by Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Erdogan told reporters after the meeting that Turkey and Russia agreed to work together to develop the platform.

"We want it to conduce to an economic cooperation," Erdogan said. "We want it to lead to cooperation on regional peace and security."

"We also want this establishment to assume crisis management and seek solution in case of a problem in the region," he said.

Erdogan said foreign ministers of the two countries would launch talks and develop the idea.

Turkish premier said he would also meet Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Thursday and discuss the conflict in the Caucasus with him.

Erdogan and the accompanying Turkish delegation will proceed to Tbilisi at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Asked whether he had a specific message to Saakashvili, Erdogan said he would like to see his approach on the conflict in person before making any comments.

"We hope peace in the region will not be overshadowed," Erdogan said.

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