Decoding Russia–Turkey Relations
- Nadia Arbatova, Head of Department of European Political Studies, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
- Mehmet Öğütçü, Founder and CEO, Global Resources Corporation
- Ian Lesser, Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Is Turkey’s deteriorating relations with the West compensated with a rapprochement with Russia? In recent years, particularly since the failed coup, Turkey's relationship with Russia have improved considerably contrary to its relations with the United States and other Western allies, which are in an unprecedented stalemate. Current relations between Turkey and Russia have followed a fluctuating path. The two countries were at loggerheads after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet in 2015. Yet, ties were repaired through energy and defense deals. Despite the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December 2016, the two countries started to engage in closer coordination on Syria. Recently, Turkey finalized the deal to purchase S-400 defense missile systems from Russia. The rapprochement raised concerns on the NATO side and caused several members to question Turkey’s commitment to the Alliance and its future foreign policy orientation.
This discussion will analyze the rationale behind the rapprochement, its sincerity, and envision future developments and implications for the United States, EU, and Turkey.
This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues, launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
Please note that this is an invitation-only event. The discussion will be under Chatham House Rule.
If you have any questions, please contact Tobias Kutschka at +32 2 238 5292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.