Turkey-Russia relations on the rise, with the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict expanding them rapidly
Asbarez 9, (Russia-Turkey Relations Will Have Positive Impact on Karabakh, Says Davutoglu Monday, August 10th, 2009 http://asbarez.com/69232/russia-turkey-relations-will-have-positive-impact-on-karabakh-says-davutoglu/) WDK
The strengthening of relations between Russia and Turkey will have a positive impact of the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a television interview over the weekend. During his visit to Turkey last week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said active steps were being taken to resolve the Karabakh conflict. “Serious work is being done to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and there is serious progress in this regard. Moscow is eager to see quick resolution of the conflict,” Putin added. Davutoglu praised what he called positive steps taken by Russia in the conflict resolution process. During his visit to Turkey, Putin signed several energy agreements, including an agreement to ensure Turkey’s participation in a planned Russian oil and gas pipeline, known as the South Stream, which is designed to rival the Western-backed Nabucco pipeline. Turkey is also participating in the construction of the Nabucco pipeline, which is a US and European venture, sidestepping Russia, to ensure the flow Caspian natural resources to the West. Both proposed projects side-step Armenia. While on a weekend visit to his hometown of Konya, Davutoglu was asked whether two major pipeline projects in which Turkey will play an integral role, Nabucco and South Stream, were rivals. “No. As we stressed several times before, we do not see such strategic projects as rivaling each other but instead as complementary to one another. We look at all developments in the fields of energy, transportation, economy and trade with different perspectives,” Davutoğlu was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency in response. Turkey’s course and priorities have not changed,” said a senior Turkish official on Friday, responding to suspicions likely to arise in the wake of Thursday’s deal, under which Turkey has allowed Russia to carry out feasibility studies in its exclusive territorial waters in the Black Sea for construction of the South Stream pipeline. Furthermore, Davutoğlu stressed that Turkey is not a place for rival projects but complementary ones, while noting that Turkey will serve as a secure energy route, strengthening both regional economic integration and global economic structure. “Any cooperation with the European Union and the Nabucco project, which connects the European Union and Turkey, is a strategic priority for Turkey. It should be assessed as a whole. The Nabucco project that we signed in July demonstrated Turkey’s central importance for energy suppliers and energy consumers between the East and West,” Davutoğlu said.
Russia and Turkey relations include multiple facets of engagement, and both countries are looking to increase their involvement with each other
Baku 10, (Dmitry Medvedev: “Russia-Turkey relations are very important for the solution of regional problems” [ 13 Jan 2010 15:55 ] http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=113843) WDK
The meeting was held in the Russian President’s residence in Barvikha. Medvedev said Russia-Turkey relations were developing. “These are indeed the relations of the strategic partners. Though last year was not so easy, it was a successful year for our relations. We developed our economic relations.Despite some delays, these relations are very important,” he said. Dmitry Medvedev said Russia and Turkey were implementing large projects especially in the field of energy, expressed his confidence that one more step would be taken to strengthen these relations during Erdogan’s visit. “This is very important for the solution of problems, including regional problems that we regularly discuss with you. Our countries are neighbors. The microclimate in the region depends on the proximity of our positions,” he said. Erdogan said the relations between the two countries had reached culmination. “Political, economic and defense cooperation is developing. As you have said, the energy is of great importance.We have model cooperation in this context. We believe that there are many opportunities in various spheres – not only in the field of natural gas, but also in the field of oil, we can improve our cooperation in these fields,” he said.
Uniqueness (Russia-Turkey Relations Good)
Turkey and Russia are investing heavily in each other, becoming closer every day
Liang 8, (Yan, Turkey wishes to strengthen relations with Russia 2008-07-02 22:34:27, http://news.xinhuanet.c om/english/2008-07/02/content_8478479.htm) WDK
ANKARA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Wednesday Turkey is aimed to enhance relations with Russia to make it a "multidimensional and intensified partnership." Babacan made the remarks at a joint news conference with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov following their meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara. "Our objective for Turkey-Russia relations is a multidimensional and intensified partnership," he said, noting that both sides have the willingness to further improve bilateral relations as they "have considerable affinities in their approaches regarding international and regional issues." Babacan underlined economic relations between the two countries, saying that "trade volume between Turkey and Russia reached 28 billion U.S. dollars in 2007, making Russia the second biggest trade partner of Turkey." Turkish investment in Russia surpassed 6 billion dollars last year while Russian investment in Turkey amounted to 4 billion dollars, he said, adding that "more than 2.5 million Russian people visited Turkey" in 2007.
Turkey and Russia relations are multiplying
Catalano 10, (Arianna, [JTW Analysis-Dr. Guner Ozkan] Russia’s President to visit Turkey: Which prospects for an already ‘strategic’ partnership? http://www.usak.org.tr/EN/haber.asp?id=373) WDK
Certainly, several issues can be assumed as reasons for disagreement but today Turkey and Russia “are much more willing to cooperate and get benefits from the relation…they’re more prone to cooperate rather than compete.” Instability in Southern Caucasus seems to be the area upon which both countries have politically divergent stances. Russia would favour the settlement of frozen conflicts, like the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno- Karabakh, but contemporarly she still holds the influence to shape the course of peace negotiations. On the contrary, in this regard Turkey has a smaller manouvering room. But as regard to the Black Sea region both actors agree on any further NATO presence. A pragmatic approach then appears to dominate: “political and geopolitical problems are there but Russia and Turkey want to make the prospect of cooperation beyond the disagreement….they just keep those issues aside and try to get benefits as much as possible from ‘soft issues”, Dr. Ozkan affirms. Hence, not only economic interdependence but also cooperation in different term, widening the range of cooperation to “social and cultural areas as well,” for instance. According to Dr. Guner Ozkan the establishment of tighter and deeper relations not just limited to the area of trade and energy but also involving wider sectors of Turkish and Russian society cannot but contributing to improve this already positive ‘atmosphere.’