Russia and Turkey have gone from foes to partners. Previously plagued with a warplane shooting issue, the previously tense relations of Russia and Turkey may have started to mend, but to what extent? Is Turkey now a friend of Russia?
Turkey and Russia Now Friends
Relations between Russia and Turkey have degraded over the years because of the warplane shooting incident that happened last year. Russia was angered over Turkey’s decision to put down its plane and has since been at odds with the country. These days, it appears the tides have changed.
In a few months, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have become friend to foes, and now, vice versa. When the military coup happened in Turkey, Western leaders have not been in unity with Erdogan.
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“[…] Putin was the first to openly express his support for the Turkish President, declaring the ‘unacceptability of anti-constitutional actions’. While Europe has urged Ankara to abide by the rule of law, the Kremlin has not commented on the issue and will continue to do so,” Sputnik quoted a newspaper. Turkey has turned to Russia because it has been increasingly isolated the world over.
“It has played a major role that Turkey has become diplomatically more isolated. It has quarreled with many of its former allies in the region. In a region full of instability and violence Turkey needs more friends,” Sputnik quoted political expert Anthony Skinner.
Russia and Turkey Now Partners
Another report from Bloomberg revealed Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek saying that Russia “isn’t just our close and friendly neighbor, but also a strategic partner.” The presidents of the two nation are scheduled to meet in St. Petersburg next month.
“Today, we are here to normalize the situation and our relations as soon as possible and at an accelerated pace since they were disrupted on November 24,” added Simsek. The partnership could be strategic for Russia, according to some experts, given that Turkey is also a key NATO member. Russia has been at odds with NATO for the past months, with some believing that a war could be brewing.