The Georgia Crisis and Russia-Turkey Relations

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The August 2008 Russia-Georgia war has triggered some major shifts in regional geopolitics. The Caucasus crisis also directly affected the relationship between the two main regional powers – Russia and Turkey. Even before the Georgia war, the relations between Moscow and Ankara were quite complex – combining the elements of largescale cooperation and subtle competition.

The ambivalent situation which existed in the South Caucasus before August 7 allowed Ankara to pursue a rather ambiguous policy in the region. The main features of this situation were the seemingly “frozen” state of the local conflicts and Russia’s relatively restrained behavior.

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