The six Presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan published an 'Istanbul Declaration', vowing to deepen co-operation, in areas varying from oil and gas to a comparative dictionary of Turkic dialects. The call for greater economic and diplomatic co- operation will certainly meet disapproval in the Kremlin.
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ISTANBUL - Defying Russian disapproval, Turkey and its five Turkic 'brother states' from the former Soviet Union wound up a two-day summit in Istanbul yesterday on an unexpectedly strong note of common purpose, writes Hugh Pope.