Timely Meeting: Lavrov pays a visit to Turkey


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is going to pay a visit to Turkey on December 1st. Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, will head the first meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group (SGSP) in Alanya since the crisis in Russian-Turkish relations.


During this meeting, views will be exchanged on a wide range of issues including the struggle against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, and the settlement of the situation in Cyprus. Particular attention will certainly be paid to the situation in Syria and the paths open for ending the crisis in the country.

Verifying statements

Sergey Lavrov is also going to discuss with his counterpart the recent words of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Turkey’s supposed mission to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The night before, the leader of the Turkish administration already commented on this statement, urging for it to not be taken literally. The way in which the media have picked up and replicated Erdogan's statement indicates that information provocation is the West’s main method of attempting to undermine the situation.

The geopolitical context

Against the backdrop of the successes of Syrian and Russian forces as well as a number of other players in the fight against terrorist groups, the Western axis and those under its influence are doing everything possible to ensure that the formalized Moscow-Ankara-Damascus axis is destroyed. This kind of alliance would put an end to the plans of the current White House administration to establish a regional state of controlled chaos. Thus, it will be important for the two countries' foreign ministers to meet in person and discuss a wide range of problems without intermediaries.