25 May 2024
Estranged from the West, Türkiye turned to look for its ancestors 0

Estranged from the West, Türkiye turned to look for its ancestors 0

Abandoned and condemned by European allies after the coup, Türkiye is even more determined to restore comprehensive relations with Russia, after a long period of crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks on August 9.

On August 9, for the first time since Ankara shot down a Russian Air Force Su-24 plane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Russia and had talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

According to commentator Benjamin Quénelle, despite Mr. Erdogan’s apology to Russian President Putin a month ago, the two countries’ relationship still lacks a certain amount of trust because of differences in views on the Syria file.

Russia’s response to the mutiny in Türkiye on July 15 satisfied Türkiye.

`Russia’s reaction is in complete contrast to the reactions from Türkiye’s Western allies,` said expert Jeffrey Mankoff, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

In an August 6 interview with Le Monde, Mr. Erdogan denied accusations that Ankara was conducting a post-coup repression and threatened to sever immigration agreements signed with Europe.

On August 7, more than a million Turks flooded the streets following President Erdogan’s call.

`Although Türkiye-Russia relations are still full of uncertainties, weakened relations with Western powers could be a driving force for the reconciliation process between these two countries,` an expert from the commission said. Evaluation by the International Relations Committee of the Council of Europe.

Honeymoon period

Estranged from the West, Türkiye turned to look for its ancestors

A cooperative gas pipeline between Russia and Türkiye.

According to AFP, relations between Russia and Turkey have never been truly open, due to competition over geopolitical influence in the region.

According to expert Mankoff, this meeting is first of all a signal to the West that Moscow and Ankara are still each other’s main partners.

Next, this meeting also signaled a long period of stability in the relationship between the two countries, because both are in need of reconciliation and overcoming economic and foreign difficulties.

Türkiye is looking to minimize and restore the damage it has suffered due to Russian sanctions, which have severely damaged the agricultural and construction sectors with trade turnover falling 43% during the period. period January-May 2016.

In addition, Ankara also wants to restore the negotiation process to build the TurkStream pipeline, with an expected capacity of 31.5 billion cubic meters of gas per year, and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant.

For its part, Russia also wants to demonstrate through the newly restored relationship between the two countries that the West’s policy of isolating Moscow does not work.

Russia also hopes that this `reunification` will help the Kremlin promote the construction of gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to Europe in order to counter the pipeline that the EU wants to build running through Turkey, to reduce

`Turkish leaders want to use the Russian card to reduce pressure from the US and EU. Vladimir Putin also knows that, and uses rapprochement with Ankara as a new lever for Russia’s influence in

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