Normalization of Russia-Turkey relations to increase regional security – expert

The normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey will increase security in the region, as well as will enhance the efficiency of common fight against terrorism, Vladimir Sotnikov, senior researcher at the International Security Center of Russian Sciences Academy’s World Economy and International Relations Institute, told Trend Aug. 1.

Sotnikov said that the normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia shows that the parties have more common contact points rather than differences.

“The sides will further become closer; Russia and Turkey have many common projects,” noted the expert adding that the decision on normalization of relations is the best choice for parties.

He also touched upon the two countries’ economic partnership, which is, according to him, one of the key aspects of cooperation.

Turkish Stream obtained a real chance of implementation, said Sotnikov, and the project is equally important for the two countries.

The expert added that the normalization of relations between Russia and Turkey is also beneficial for Azerbaijan, because both Moscow and Ankara are close allies of Baku.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on Aug. 9 and will have a meeting with the country’s President Vladimir Putin.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated when Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber with two pilots on board. On June 27, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Putin over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident. After that, the two countries’ relations began to improve.

Source: Trend News Agency