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Turkey, Russia and Regional Energy Strategies

Historically, relations between Turkey and Russia have been characterized more often by competition—if not outright war—than by cooperation. Yet centuries of imperial rivalry and decades of Cold War hostility have recently given way to quite different dynamics. Russia has become Turkey’s largest trading partner and a major target of Turkish foreign investment. Since Vladimir Putin became the first Russian leader to visit Turkey in 500 years, engagement between the two countries has increased in intensity and seriousness. Some analysts have seen a convergence of perspective between Ankara and Moscow on issues ranging from Palestine to Iran to the Caucasus. Further, as energy looms larger in the domestic and regional calculus of both countries, especially in terms of their respective European relationships, the strategic importance of their rapprochement has grown.

On July 15, the Center on the United States and Europe and the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted leading experts from Turkey, Russia and Europe for a conference focusing on Turkey’s and Russia’s roles in European energy security and the role of energy in shaping cooperation and stability in neighboring regions. Richard Morningstar, special envoy for Eurasian energy at the U.S. Department of State, provided a keynote address.


Keynote Address: U.S. Energy Diplomacy in Eurasia

Panel 3: Common and Competing Interests in the Region


Cory Welt

Director, Eurasian Strategy Project, Georgetown University


Victor Nadein-Raevsky

Senior Scientific Research Fellow, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia

Panel 1: Emerging Russian-Turkish Relations


Volkan Vural

Board Member - Turkish Industry and Business Association

Panel 2: The East-West Energy Corridor and Europe's Energy Security


Alexandros Petersen

Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security and Associate Director, Eurasia Energy Center


Jeff D. Makholm

Senior Vice President, National Economic Research Associates, Inc.

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