Cover Osteuropa 10-12/2018

In Osteuropa 10-12/2018

A fragile partnership
Russia, Turkey and the war in Syria

Irina Zvjagel’skaja, Irina Svistunova

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Russia and Turkey present themselves as partners and allies. Trade has increased and in Syria, where both countries are involved in the war, Russia and Turkey coordinate their actions. Moscow and Ankara are also united in their defensive stance when faced with criticism of the way domestic policy has unfolded in recent years. However, this should not obscure the fact that the alliance is fragile. Russia and Turkey are pursuing entirely different goals in Syria. Should these emerge as being incompatible, the two partners could quickly become enemies again.

(Osteuropa 10-12/2018, pp. 367–377)