Briefing on growing Turkey-Russia relations

16 November 2017

Turkey and Russia continue to deepen their ties, but geopolitical tensions are likely to limit the potential of such a relationship

  • Presidents Putin and Erodgan have met for the fifth time this year at a conference in Sochi where they discussed the joint development of several key energy projects
  • Ankara has also recently confirmed the purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system, having resisted NATO pressure to acquire a US-made alternative
  • Behind the scenes, however, both Ankara and Moscow remain wary of each other’s intentions, with disagreements over Syria set to come to a head

Less than two years after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet along its Syrian border, relations between both countries appear stronger than ever amid a series of meetings between their respective premiers. Trade and energy have topped the agenda at these talks, with Presidents Erdogan and Putin eager to use bilateral agreements to shore up their fragile economies. Russia is particularly keen to expand its oil and gas exports, while Turkey’s growing current account deficit…

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