Security Dimesion of Turkey's relations with Russia: 2000-2010

Güreş, Gülşah
This thesis aims to examine the security dimension of Turkey’s relations with Russia during the period between 2000 and 2010. In this context, political, military and energy aspects of the security relations between Turkey and Russia are examined in detail. Contrary to the views that conceive the recent rapprochement in Turkish-Russian relations as ‘strategic partnership’ or a form of cooperation that has the potential of reaching the level of strategic partnership, the thesis argues that these countries have developed their bilateral relations in the form of pragmatic cooperation due to the existing limits to the deeper levels of cooperation in the security field. It seems that the euphoria of rapprochement between two countries is resulted from the diminution of mutual threat levels as well as the proliferation of common interest areas. Nevertheless, despite these developments, both Turkey and Russia continue to consider their relations as a form of pragmatic cooperation rather than strategic partnership.


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Citation Formats
G. Güreş, “Security Dimesion of Turkey’s relations with Russia: 2000-2010,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.