Turkey-Russia Relations: A Marriage of Convenience?

Speakers discuss the complex but, so far, durable ties between Putin and Erdogan and the perspectives of each leader. Other issues will include the impact of the Biden presidency and the unfolding situation in Nagorny Karabakh.

Research event Invitation only
26 November 2020 — 12:00PM TO 1:30PM
Chatham House 10 St James’s Square London SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom

Russia-Turkey relations are governed by a unique dynamic between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They pursue contrasting objectives in Libya, the Eastern Mediterranean, Caucasus and Ukraine; yet they have managed to compartmentalize their differences to avoid any spill-over into diplomatic, military and economic cooperation.

Erdogan purchased the Russian S400 missile defence system at the cost of ejection from the US-led fourth generation F35 stealth fighter programme; and at the risk of sanctions by Washington. Russia is also proceeding with the construction of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.


Nigar Göksel, Project Director, International Crisis Group
Chair: Fadi Hakura, Manager, Turkey Project, Europe Programme, Chatham House

Further speakers to be confirmed.

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