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Russian-Turkish Relations Need A Stronger Foundation

Relations between Russia and Turkey have always been and will continue to be a controversial subject. For both countries, this is a very special relationship; it contains a lot of emotions, mythology, prejudices, uneasy legacies of the past and sometimes unrealistic hopes for the future. The glass remains half-full or half-empty; depending on how one looks at it and on whether one tries to fill it or to drain it.

Even over the last couple of years, this relationship experienced dramatic ups and downs, sudden U-turns from cooperation to confrontation and back to cooperation. The 2015 – 2016 crisis, albeit a short one, demonstrated both the fragility and the resilience of this unique set of connections linking the two countries together. No doubt, in years to come we will see more of surprising developments in Russian-Turkish relations that we cannot possibly predict today. Still, there are a number of features of this relationship, which are likely to remain constant in the observable future.

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Andrey KORTUNOV
Director General, Russian International Affairs Council

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