Geopolitics of Russian-Turkish Relations in the Black Sea Region

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The Black Sea region has a special geopolitical significance for at least two states - Russia and Turkey. In order to identify the key factors that complicate regional cooperation between the two countries, the article considers the main problems of Russian-Turkish cooperation in the Black Sea area under the conditions of post-crisis resumption of bilateral relations after the 2015 incident. Regional contradictions between Moscow and Ankara are largely caused by different positions on such issues as Crimea’s joining to Russia, the regime of the Black Sea Straits as well as the policy of pan-Turkism pursued by Turkey towards the Turkic-speaking peoples of the region in the strive to form a “Turkic world”. In conclusion the authors explain the need to further strengthen versatile bilateral cooperation with Turkey and to pay special attention to security and humanitarian fields.

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Vladimir A. Avatkov

Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6345-3782

PhD in Political Science, Senior Researcher at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies

Moscow, Russian Federation

Pavel A. Gudev

Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2951-6313

PhD in History, Leading Researcher at the Center for North American Studies

Moscow, Russian Federation


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