ISTANBUL, November 26 (Itar-Tass) — Russia and Turkey are striving for intensive interaction in juridical affairs on the bilateral and international levels, Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov told Itar-Tass on Friday. He participates in the 30th conference of justice ministers the Council of Europe holds here.
“We begin to develop more intensive interaction with Turkey in justice area thanks to the active and tactful position of Turkish presidency in the Council of Europe,” the minister said. Juridical protection and assistance to citizens and Russian-Turkish interaction in the area has assumed more importance in the recent years in view of a large number of incidents with tourists.
Konovalov also pointed to Russia’s particular interest in reforming the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). “We are interested particularly in the experience of Turkey that had serious problems with the ECHR some time back. Making a number of pragmatic systemic decisions at the national jurisdiction level it managed to resolve or, at least, to minimize these problems,” he said. Konovalov said Turkey continues to refer a large number of cases to the ECHR, and is interested in perfecting judicial procedure. “I hope we will cooperate successfully in this respect not only with Turkey but also with other countries that press more actively than other for reform of the ECHR,” the minister said.