Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu after a meeting with Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov, who was on a visit, jointly condemned the sanctions measures imposed by the United States. The two foreign policy chiefs emphasizing the need to strengthen the relations of strategic partnership between Turkey and Russia.
Cavusoglu told journalists said that the sanctions measures of the American side against Turkey “destroy the reputation of the United States,” and called on for an end of the “era of oppression of the weak”. He stressed that the stability of the Turkish economy is very important for European and other neighboring countries.\
Lavrov noted that the Russian side approves the refusal of Turkey to join the Western sanctions against Russia. He said that the US sanctions against Turkey and other countries are “illegal” and “illegitimate”. These measures are aimed to obtain unequal competitive advantages in global trade, which will eventually damage the US dollar’s status as the currency of international settlements. The Russian minister also noted that Russia and Turkey are discussing the use of national currencies for trade settlements.
The foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Syria, reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the results of the talks on the Syrian problem in Astana, and will strengthen cooperation in the Syrian province of Idlib and other zones of de-escalation of the conflict.