Turkey and the Soviet Union have signed a good-neighbour agreement which included a non-agression pledge covering foreign military actions on each other's soil.
Turkey and the Soviet Union have signed a good-neighbour agreement which included a non-agression pledge covering foreign military actions on each other's soil. The agreement was signed on Friday (23 June) in Moscow by the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, and the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin.
SYNOPSIS: The agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in the Kremlin, was originally outlined in 1975. However reports say that Turkey, a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) member felt at that stage that the Soviet draft was too close to a non-aggression pact. However, Turkish authorities said the document signed on Friday (23 June) reaffirmed a declaration made by the two nations in 1972 that they would not allow their countries to be used as a basis for aggression against one another. The document covers principles of good neighbourliness and economic cooperation. The Soviet Union has promised to step up its already extensive economic cooperation with Turkey, and the two sides have agreed to conclude a long-term trade accord.
The Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Ecevit, said the Soviet Union had agreed to supply Turkey with three million tonnes of oil a year, a fifth of the country's needs, and would start oil prospecting in Turkey.
Reuters reported that Moscow has w???ed Ankara since Turkey's relations with NATO came under strain after Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974. The U.S. Senate has refused to recommend lifting an arms embargo imposed on Turkey after the invasion.