Kurdish party leader's Moscow tour draws rebuff

Selahattin Demirtas says he will travel to Moscow Wednesday to meet Russian foreign minister

Kurdish party leader's Moscow tour draws rebuff

World Bulletin / News Desk

The co-leader of Turkey's Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said he will be traveling to Moscow to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Wednesday.

Selahattin Demirtas' announcement to visit EU-sanctioned Russia amid strained relations between Turkey and NATO and Russia has attracted a lot of attention and various reactions.

Selahattin Demirtas, who co-heads a party that receives the majority of its support in Turkish regions mostly inhabited by Kurds, made the announcement Saturday evening on a program aired by a local television network in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

"On Wednesday, we will meet Foreign Minister Lavrov. We will also open a party office in Moscow," he said.

"We are influential, and want to use our power," he added.

Tensions remain high between Turkey and Russia following Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian military jet last month over airspace violation. After the incident, Russia imposed a range of unilateral sanctions against Turkey, including a ban on food imports.

Last Mod: 21 Aralık 2015, 11:12
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