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Turkic States Parliamentary Assembly Convenes In Astana

Parliamentary delegations from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey will be attending the conference in Astana.

ASTANA -- The sixth plenary session of the Turkic States' Parliamentary Assembly (TurkPA) has started in the Kazakh capital of Astana.

Parliamentary delegations from member-states, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey gathered for the two-day session on December 3 amid tensions between Moscow and Ankara over Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last week.

Russia introduced sanctions against Turkey after the incident, in which a Russian pilot was killed, and ordered its regions with indigenous Turkic ethnicities -- Altai, Bashkortostan, Khakasia, Tatarstan, Tyva, and Yakutia -- to stop cooperation with the Ankara-based International Organization of Turkic Culture -- Turksoy.

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are members of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.

The TurkPA was initiated by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev and has been functioning since 2009.

Hungary joined the group as an observer in 2014.