Strategic Cooperation between Russia and Turkey?
A Young Leaders Forum was held in Moscow, with an emphasis on the importance of the Russian and Turkish strategic cooperation on international mattersApril 30th, 2019
Organized by the head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the forum started on April 23 and lasted for a week.
At the opening forum of the Russia-Turkey Young Leaders Forum at the Gorchakov Fund of Support for Public Diplomacy, Deputy CEO of the Alexander Gorchakov Fund Roman Grishenin greeted Turkish participants on behalf of the President of the Supervisory Board, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Grishenin said that Russia strongly supports the foreign policy approach that Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have adopted, stressing the importance of strategic cooperation between the two countries. In addition to the strategic partnership in foreign policy, trade and tourism are other very important areas for bilateral relations between the two countries said Grishenin, adding: "If we take the possibility of having a holiday in Turkey away from our citizens, there will be a riot in the country."
Speaking at the same meeting, entitled "Foreign Policy of Russia and Turkey: Long Way to the Future," Dmitry Yegorchenkov, the director of the Institute of Strategic Studies and Prognoses of RUDN, a member of the Expert Council of Rossotrudnichestvo, said that the U.S.-led globalization project had failed, and we are moving toward a global order splitting into separate blocs around certain countries and regions. According to Yegorchenkov, Turkey and Russia are two important actors in the Eurasia bloc in the "multi-centered world."
As part of the events, the delegation, consisting of 18 young participants from Turkey, visited high-level state bodies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, in addition to educational and cultural events, excursions and roundtable meetings