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Turkey’s Russia conundrum: To court or to curb? 24 septembre 2014

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Policy Brief (FRIDE) No. 185, September 2014

By Diba Nigar Goksel *

The Ukraine crisis has exposed Turkey’s efforts to avoid direct involvement in Russia-EU tensions. Ankara essentially hovers between gaining economic advantages from cooperation with Moscow and counterbalancing Russian assertiveness in the region. But Turkey’s relatively neutral position will not be sustainable if it’s vital energy and security interests in the Caucasus are threatened. An alignment of EU-Turkey tactical cooperation and strategic thinking towards the Black Sea region has been distinctly lacking, but Turkish societal links with East European and South Caucasus countries could become an asset for Turkish-EU cooperation.

The research for this paper is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 613354 – CASCADE Project. www.cascade-caucasus.eu

* Diba Nigar Göksel is editor-in-chief of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) and FRIDE Associate Fellow.

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