Turkey’s New Russian Policy:
Towards a Strategic Alliance
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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Since the end of the Cold War, Turkey has developed
multi-level cooperation with Russia, characterized by increasing economic ties.
In its ideological confrontation with the West, and
revisionist foreign policy stance in the Middle East, the Turkish government
has been careful not to antagonize Russia in any way.
In the long run, the dominant neo-imperialist visions in
both countries are likely to re-establish the traditional Russo-Turkish
rivalry, but for now Russia is an important strategic ally for Turkey.
At a deeper level, Turkey’s strategic cooperation with
Russia is symptomatic of the country’s own authoritarian, neo-imperialist
project that has made the idea of Turkey fulfilling the EU Copenhagen political
criteria completely nonsensical.
situation, the EU should suspend Turkey’s candidacy until there is a government
in power willing to participate in a political union based on shared values.