Turkey to support Greenpeace activist arrested in Russia

An inter-parliamentary cooperation agreement is to be signed Friday between Turkey and a visiting delegation from Finland.

Turkey to support Greenpeace activist arrested in Russia

World Bulletin / News Desk

"Every Turkish citizen knows that the Turkish government is with them. If Greenpeace activist Gizem and her family need any kind of support on the issue, I am sure that relevant departments of our government will provide support,” said Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis on Friday.

A Russian court in Saint Petersburg on Thursday ordered the release on bail of Greenpeace member Gizem Akhan who is a university student from Turkey, and was arrested on September 19 for staging a protest against an oil platform drilling in the Pechora Sea. Court said Akhan would be released pending trial after the bail amount, 2 million rubles (61,500 USD), is paid.

Bagis received the Head of the Grand Committee of the Finnish Parliament Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and her delegation at his office.

Bagis expressed his pleasure over hosting the Finnish delegation and said, “Two weeks ago we were in Helsinki with the [Turkish] prime minister. Today, we are delighted to host Finnish delegation in Turkey. I would like to thank them for their support on Turkey’s EU membership process and I think that it is essential to share experiences."

“We are very hopeful that Finnish-Turkish business has some new ground for the years to come, we both need growth and trade together,” Kumpula-Natri said.

Kumpula-Natri also stressed the issue of Turkey’s EU membership process by saying, “We are happy that Turkey opened a new chapter in the EU negotiation process and we fully support all the candidate countries equally... we want to cooperate and I think the bilateral contracts are also one good way to go forward in negotiation process”.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek will receive the delegation later and an inter-parliamentary cooperation agreement is to be signed today.

Last Mod: 22 Kasım 2013, 13:08
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