On February 24, 2016 a roundtable devoted to the topic “Turkish-Russian contradictions: implications for regional system of International Relations” was held in the frame of the meeting of the Odessa Standing Group on Theory, History and Historiography of the International Relations. The meeting took place at Odessa House of Scientists. 

Yuliya Tarasyuk, Assistant Professor of the International Relations Department at Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Volodymyr Dubovyk, Director of the Center for International Studies at Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Victor Glebov, Director of the Institute for Social Sciences at ONU, Alla Zakharchenko, Associate Professor of the International Relations Department at ONU, Vladlen Makukh, political scientist, Hanna Shelest, Head of NGO of Promotion to the Intercultural Cooperation made reports and comments.

In his introductory word Volodymyr Dubovyk mentioned the difficulty of the relations between Russia and Turkey. He also noted that the current conflict between Russia and Turkey influenced the situation in entire region of the Wide Middle East. According to Volodymyr Dubovyk, the crisis in Russian-Turkish relations may also influence the further development of the situation in Ukraine and the conflict in Donbas.

In her speech Julia Tarasyuk emphasized that currently the relations between Russia and Turkey are the worst since the end of Cold War. Julia Tarasyuk supposed that the relations between two countries will unlikely improve in the near future. After shooting down the Russian jet Su-24 both Russia and Turkey are not ready to compromise.

In her comment Alla Zakharchenko described the impact of Russian-Turkish conflict on the development of other regional problems. In particular, Alla Zakharchenko shared her opinion on the prospects of Israeli relations with Turkey and Russia. In addition, she analyzed the problems of Turkish-Iranian relations, which had been worsening because of contradictions between two countries on Syria, where Iran acts together with Russia and harms Turkey’s interests.

The participants of the seminar also discussed the consequences of the current crisis in Russian-Turkish relations for Ukraine. The experts have agreed that this crisis may potentially lead to emerging of the new threats for Ukrainian security, because Russia continues to strengthen its military potential in Crimea, especially after deteriorating its relations with Turkey.

The Crimean issue is relevant for Turkey too. After shooting down the Russian jet Su-24 the Turkish leaders began to express their support to the Crimean Tatars more openly. On this issue Sergiy Glebov assumed that the increasing of tension between the Crimean Tatars supported by Turkey and Russian authorities may become possible.