Russian-Turkish Relations in the Post-Soviet Eurasian Context: Economic Factors, Trends, Perspectives

(Southern Federal University; Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University)

The article analyzes the trend of Russian-Turkish relations in the post-Soviet period (with an emphasis on the economic sphere) and identifies seven specific stages. It is shown that since the turn of 2007–2008 the relations of Russia and Turkey have
been under increased turbulence (shown full in November 2015); the foreign trade foundation of Turkish-Russian strategic cooperation has been gradually “washed away”. It take place in the conditions of emerging geopolitical and geo-economic radical “reformatting” of the Eurasian space. The author characterizes the modern state of relations between the two countries, as well as the accompanying problem situations and risks. Such situation can be defined as “Postconfrontation, distant, unstable strategic partnership”.
The perspective and priorities of increasing bilateral economic cooperation are outlined in the article. The author accents that for both Russia (in minor extent) and Turkish Republic the question of the degree of proximity-distance in relation to the West continues remains still open. It impacts the geo-economy, as well as the present and future of Russian-Turkish trade, investment, scientific-technical and other relations. And it is not an exaggeration that this situation becomes one of the main geopolitical mysteries and intrigues of the 21st century.
Russian-Turkish relations, identification of stages, Russia, Turkey, Eurasia, geopolitics, geo-economics

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