AzerNews Weekly, Azerbaijan
Jan 6 2010
Erdogan to table Garabagh in Russia: sources
The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Upper (Nagorno) Garabagh will be
on the agenda during Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
visit to Russia, due to begin January 12, Turkish media reported.
Turkish and Russian officials will reportedly discuss regional issues,
in particular, ways of fostering reconciliation in the volatile
Caucasus region. Ankara is expected to call on Moscow to exert more
influence in settling the Garabagh conflict.
Discussions will also center on efforts to normalize Turkey-Armenia
relations, which have been strained for decades.
During Erdogan’s two-day visit, talks will also focus on trade,
investments, as well as Turkish-Russian cooperation in implementing
energy projects, such as the Blue Stream 2 and South Stream gas
pipelines. Ankara and Moscow are also expected to table the project on
the planned Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline linking Turkey’s Black Sea and
Mediterranean coasts. Russian energy majors Transneft and Rosneft are
seeking a 50 percent share in the pipeline.*