Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

Russia and Turkey have fought more than a dozen wars between each other since the mid 16th century. (Painting by Alexey Popov)

A long history of mutual enmity is exacerbating tension between Turkey and Russia. Leaders in both countries are apt to view their current hostilities through the prism of a bitterly contested imperial past.
 

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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul. Elizabeth Owen is EurasiaNet’s Caucasus/Turkey news editor in Tbilisi.

Turkey and Russia: History Fuels Rancor

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