Ukraine’s drone factor in Turkish-Russian relations? First of all, I would like to inform you that Turkish-Russian relations can be divided into three parts. One period is Tsarist Russia-Ottoman period (1492-1917). The second period is Bolshevik Russia-Turkey relations (1917-1991). This period can be considered as a separate relationship with Ataturk’s years. Turkey was on the Western flank. But from time to time, the West wanted to break away from the flank and side with Soviet Russia. But as a result, military coups took place in Turkey. Turkish-Russian relations have been interestingly strained. Basically, Turkish-Russian relations have been tense in the Middle East, even at the bottom of the abyss. moved away from the west and strengthened relations with Putin Turkey was an important factor in the delivery of Russian gas to Europe during Erdogan’s presidency. Currently, Erdogan-Putin relations are cooperating in the Caucasus and the Middle East. Let’s talk about Turkish-Ukrainian relations. Turkey and Ukraine signed a strategic cooperation agreement in 2021. The last one was a strategic cooperation meeting between the two countries in 2021. Turkey-Ukraine relations have historical roots. Mainly from the point of view of the Crimean khanate. As a result, Tsarist Russia occupied Crimea. Turkish-Ukrainian relations became closer after the occupation of Crimea in 2014. Turkey still does not recognize the occupation of Crimea. Turkey does not recognize the occupation of Crimea in the interests of the state. -Russian relations occupy Crimea After the second Karabakh war, Ukraine and Turkey received all kinds of military aid from drones. Instead, Ukraine provides spare parts for Turkish T-90 tanks. Russia has always worried about Turkey’s sale of Ukrainian drones. The Turkish side has always responded with restraint. As a result, three tourists came from Russia for the summer holidays of 2021, and Turkish fruits and vegetables refused. Currently, flag bearers are an important factor in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Teymur Gasimli, Deputy Chairman of the Center for International Relations and Diplomatic Studies