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Turkey-Russia ties move beyond tactical

10 9 6

Relations between Russia and Turkey can be analyzed under three main chapters following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

The first 10 years after 1991 witnessed tough competition between the two countries, particularly over influence on the newly independent Eurasian and Central Asian countries and their rich energy resources. Turkey’s efforts in this regard resulted in the signing and accomplishing of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, thus establishing strong ties with Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Within the same spirit of competition, Russia’s indirect support to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and, in return, Turkey’s covert backing to Chechen rebels constituted major problems in ties.

But from the end of the 1990s, the two regional powers gradually decided to launch a new era in bilateral ties by replacing “competition” with “cooperation” in multiple fields. This decision came amid Vladimir Putin’s election as Russian president in 2000, two years before Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came to power as the head of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Since then, Putin and Erdoğan have been steering Turkish-Russian relationship towards a unique model in international relations. In 2010, they launched a high-level........

© Hürriyet Daily News