Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Tanju Bilgiç In Response To A Question Regarding The Decision Of The Russian Federation “not To Be Party To The Agreement Between The Russian Federation And The Republic Of Turkey On Mutual Legal Assistance In Civil, Commercial And Criminal Cases” , 31.12.2015QA-38, 31 December 2015
The decision of the Government of the Russian Federation that “its intention not to be party to the Agreement between the Russian
Federation and the Republic of Turkey on Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement in Civil, Commercial and Criminal cases, signed on 15 December
1997, in Ankara to be notified to the Republic of Turkey” was approved by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on 30
As a matter of fact, both Parties had agreed in 2002 not to approve the Agreement through their competent authorities and to put it into
force, although the Agreement referred to in the decision had been signed in 1997,
Hence, the above mentioned decision of the Government of the Russian Federation has not been a new development and it does not signify any
more importance or meaning than reflecting the mutual agreement reached in 2002.