The relationship between Russia and Turkey became extremely rocky last November, after Turkish forces downed a Russian war plane. However, Ankara’s recent apology has led to a warming of relations. The Russian and Turkish deputy prime ministers met in Moscow on Tuesday. This comes ahead of planned talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in August. Meanwhile, Erdogan’s clampdown on opponents following an attempted coup by a section of the military is damaging relations with both the EU and the US. Cui Hongjian from the China Institute of International Studies, Bulent Aliriza from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Russian defense analyst Pavel Felgenhauer look at how moving closer to Russia could be of major strategic and geopolitical significance to Ankara.
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