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Turkey: opponent or partner?

On December 8, 2020, within the framework of the permanent online project “It’s worth talking about”, online meeting was held withAndrey Baklanov, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, the  State adviser of the Russian Federation of the first class, the Head of the research sector of the Middle East and North Africa of the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the HSE. The theme of the meeting was “Turkey: opponent or partner?” 

The rally was opened and moderated by Vera Vishnyakova, Head of the School of International Regional Studies of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE University. 

The Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs Sergey Karaganov participated in the discussion. 

In his message, A. G. Baklanov spoke about his impressions of the meetings with political and public figures of Turkey. He gave specific data on the realities of trade, economic and investment relations between the two countries, explained the role of Turkey in the construction of many hotel business facilities, infrastructure, including those in Moscow. He stressed the idea that over the past few decades, Turkey has reached new frontiers, it has come close to the most influential states of the world in many parameters of its potential. 

The main conclusion: Turkey is a «difficult», but very useful and important partner. It is necessary to create a model of interaction with this country on the basis of a principled conversation on those issues where our positions do not converge, while simultaneously advancing in those areas where our interests coincide.

During the discussion of this issues, the well-known political scientist and expert on  Turkey Iqbal Durre presented his vision of the present  and future developments of russian-turkish relations. 

A. G. Baklanov and I. Durre answered the questions of the participants, including those related to Ankara's policy in Middle East affairs and the Syrian crisis. 

For video, please follow the link: https://youtu.be/KPGIhnr15gw