Presidents Putin (second left) Russia, Erdogan (right) Turkish Republic, exchange views at opening ceremony, European Games in Baku 2015 (photo: dpa)

Turkey grapples to support Crimean Tatars without risking Russian business ties

The partnership of old rivals, Russia and Turkey, has never been put to a greater test in the Black Sea region than it has since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. In Turkey, it revived memories of Russia's expansionism, as well as highlighting Ankara's limited capacity to react forcefully.

Turkey condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea and expressed its strong support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. However, it refrained from openly confronting Russia on the issue. Turkey did not join in sanctions against Russia and is unlikely to change this position any time soon. Its response has been muted and tempered. However, Crimea, which lies just 300 kilom...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
The annexation of Crimea in 2014 not only revived old memories but also altered the geopolitical and security landscape in the region
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