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Sailing in Uncharted Waters: Turkish and Russian Divergence in Syria 31 octobre 2012

Posted by Acturca in Middle East / Moyen Orient, Russia / Russie, Turkey / Turquie.
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German Marshall Fund of the United States, October 31, 2012, 4 p.

Şaban Kardaş *

The recent developments in the Middle East are arguably drawing a wedge between Turkey and Russia. Ankara’s forced landing of a Syrian passenger airplane en route from Moscow to Damascus and publicizing of some Russian military equipment intercepted aboard the airplane, for many analysts, was the final blow in the already strained relationship. The question at this juncture is whether the recent troubles in the Middle East may be so destructive that they might eventually undermine the Turkish-Russian relationship at its core. However, bilateral Turkish-Russian ties are unlikely to easily fall victim to recent events, despite the severity of their differences over Syria.

* Dr. Şaban Kardaş works as an associate professor of international relations in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara.

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