Turkey-Russia relations

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Given their dynamically growing economic co-operation, the leaders of Turkey and Russia are now working for closer political dialogue to match.

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For centuries, Turkey and Russia have been rivals for regional supremacy. Recently, the two countries have realised that friendly relations are in the interest of them both. Accordingly, co-operation rather than rivalry appears to dominate their ties. This development has been welcome by the EU, which sees these countries as the two largest imponderables on the European horizon.

The general understanding is that Russia is a European country while Turkey belongs to Asia, despite the fact that the two vast countries both span the continents of Europe and Asia (although they no longer share a border). The reason for the above distinction is that in both countries the majority of the population as well as the capital city are located on the continent where they are respectively assigned.

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