Turkey-Russia Relations: Close, but Not Too Close

August 29, 2017

Emil Avdaliani

PutErd, cc www.kremlin.ru, modified

 

Summary

Turkey-Russia relations significantly improved over the past year. Although both countries have been geopolitical enemies for centuries and Ankara shot down a Russian military fighter jet over Syria in late 2015, both powers currently see the need to cooperate in numerous spheres. The primary focus is the Syrian civil war, where both countries’ interests overlap. Improving bilateral economic and military relations also play an important role. However, this does not hide the fact that the two countries have different views on grander topics such as security in the Black Sea, where Russia has improved its military capabilities following the annexation of Crimea. There’s also friction over the South Caucasus region where Russia threatens vital infrastructure projects in Georgia, and in Azerbaijan where Moscow has its own agenda on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution.

 

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