Russia Asks Turkey for Information on Pact

ANKARA (Itar-Tass)–Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov declared in Ankara Tuesday that Turkey assured Moscow that talks on creating a "pact of stability" in the Caucasus without Russia would be unthinkable. Ivanov conducted talks in Ankara with heads of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The initiative on "a pact of stability" was voiced during a visit to Georgia by Turkish President Suleyman Demirel at the end of last week. The "pact of stability" is to incorporate Turkey–Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Commenting on the "Transcaucasian initiative" Ivanov noted that Moscow had asked Ankara to provide additional information in order to study the initiative.

Ivanov noted that it was premature to say anything about Russia’s position on this problem. Nevertheless–Ivanov said that "at first sight–the initiative seems attractive because it was put forward not by remote countries–but by the two states of the region and that it conforms with OSCE provisions."

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