The Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA), Cemil Cicek (R) met with the Speaker of the Russian Federation’s State Duma, Sergey Narishkin (L) in Ankara on Friday. In statements during the meeting, Cicek said that they were expecting the Russian Federation to undertake a more “balanced and constructive role in the Cyprus problem”.
Cicek said that the visit of the Russian delegation was important and meaningful, because the last visit from Russia to Turkey was held in 1998. He argued that they should intensify their mutual visits, because friends should meet more often.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, Cicek argued that this problem has remained unsolved for 50 years and added: “We want a political solution mutually agreed there and based on the political equality of the two peoples. During the last few days, discussions between the two sides started. We hope that this problem is solved now with negotiations, because this process has lasted too long. We are expecting the Russian Federation to undertake a more balanced and constructive role in the Cyprus problem”.