Erdogan Conveys Turkey’s Regret to Russian and Polish Leaders

MOSCOW (AA)–Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan–who is currently in Moscow attending "Victory in Europe Day" ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany–held talks with various leaders on Monday at a lunch hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During his talks with President Putin and Poland’s President Alexander Kwasniewski–Erdogan conveyed Turkey’s regret over their countries’ official recognition of the Armenian genocide. Russia’s State Duma–the lower house of Russian parliament–and the Polish parliament recently approved resolutions recognizing the Armenian genocide.

Prime Minister Erdogan and President Putin also evaluated bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia–and efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group aiming to resolve the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Karabagh.

During the lunch–Erdogan also held talks with President George W. Bush–French President Jacques Chirac–President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan–German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder–Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkanende of the Netherlands–Prime Minister Silvio Berlisconi of Italy–Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg– and European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barosso.

Erdogan is scheduled to visit Washington–DC in June to meet with President Bush.

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