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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend a diplomacy forum in Turkey on Friday, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the countries’ governments, following criticism of Ankara over its support for Moscow during the Ukraine war.

The Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) in southern Turkey began in 2021 as a place for policymakers, businessmen, researchers and academics to exchange ideas and views on diplomacy, policy and business.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that Lavrov will meet with Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan at the gathering, and Turkish ministry spokesman Öncü Keçeli confirmed as much to AFP.

Lavrov, an Antalya participant in 2022, just weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, last visited Turkey in April of last year, when he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara.

Turkey, which like Ukraine and Russia borders the Black Sea, has succeeded in maintaining links to both sides in the conflict.

It has played a key role in the export of Ukrainian grain by sea, via a secure corridor under the aegis of the UN, but has also been singled out for helping Russia get around some Western sanctions.

Sixteen Turkish entities were targeted in the latest round of sanctions unveiled last week by the White House. Washington accused individuals and companies of helping to supply Russia’s industry and furthering Moscow’s ability to wage war against Ukraine.

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