The Soviet Union and Turkey have agreed to forge closer economic ties, at least for the next decade.
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Background: ANKARA, TURKEY
The Soviet Union and Turkey have agreed to forge closer economic ties, at least for the next decade. Visiting Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov and his Turkish counterpart, Turgut Ozal, signed a ten-year cooperation programme in Ankara on December 26. The two states also concluded a pact aimed at increasing their trade up to 1990 and a two-year accord on cultural and scientific exchanges. Tikhonov is the most senior Soviet official to visit Turkey for nine years. His trip comes at a time when some Western states are still hesitant about dealings with Ankara because of doubts about Turkish human rights. But Western diplomats say they view the Turkish-Soviet link as largely an economic, rather than a political matter. Tikhonov's visit has not been marked by any apparent warmth or gesture of friendship by either side. Diplomatic sources said Ozal had complained to Tikhonov over Moscow's declaration of a 200-mile (approx 300 kilometres) Black Sea economic zone and the arrest of a Turkish fishing vessel in the same zone earlier this moth.