August 13, 2008 / 1:10 PM / 11 years ago

Turkey's Erdogan in shuttle diplomacy in Caucasus

ANKARA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Moscow on Wednesday and Tbilisi on Thursday to discuss the situation in the Caucasus, his office said.

Turkey, which neighbours Georgia and is a key energy hub for Caspian and Central Asian oil for Western exports, watched with alarm the fighting between Russia and Georgia over the separatist region of South Ossetia.

Erdogan, who will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, planned to meet Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on Thursday, his office said.

BP (BP.L), which operates a pipeline that carries gas from Azerbaijan via Georgia through Turkey, said earlier this week it had closed the pipeline. (Reporting by Zerin Elci, writing by Ibon Villelabeitia; Editing by Daren Butler and Mary Gabriel)

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