Differences over Syria didn't worsen Russia's relations with Turkey

Differences over Syria do not negatively impact Russian-Turkish relations, Russian ambassador to Ankara Vladimir Ivanovsky has said.

"As I hope you remember the latest session of the [Russian-Turkish] Cooperation Council in December last year in Istanbul stressed that differences over individual foreign policy issues should not influence the development of bilateral cooperation," he said in an interview to Interfax answering a corresponding question.

Speaking of the results of Russian-Turkish relations in 2012 in general he called the year successful.

"It was characterized by internal dynamics which is not always visible to outsiders who look forward to colorful impressions but apparently brought new achievements," he said.

The ambassador pointed to the growth of trade turnover, mutual investment and tourist exchanges.

He also noted the high intensity of political contacts between Moscow and Ankara, including the highest level, and also between different ministries and agencies.

"All these contacts take place in a positive and constructive atmosphere and permit comparing approaches to the most topical issues for the two countries. The Syrian question you mentioned is no exception," he said.

At the same time the diplomat admitted that various problems crop up between Russia and Turkey from time to time but said that "our relations have reached a level permitting to promptly and effectively resolve all issues in the framework of a mechanism of a dialogue of partners."

"This is largely guaranteed by such an important mechanism of interstate consultations as the Top-Level Cooperation Council established in 2010," he added.

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