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Azerbaijan Quickly Becoming Turks' Best (Only?) Friend

Faig Baghirov, the Azerbaijani ambassador to Ankara, and Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan, at a 2015 celebration of Azerbaijan's Republic Day in Ankara. According to opinion polls, Azerbaijan has steadily become Turks's favorite foreign policy partner. (photo: Azerbaijani Embassy to Ankara)

Turkey has gone through a rough foreign policy patch over the past few years, feuding variously with the United States, Europe, Russia, and much of the Arab world. So is its only remaining friend Azerbaijan?

That seems to be the conclusion of a new survey, the annual Public Perceptions on Turkish Foreign Policy report by Kadir Has University in Istanbul. To the question, "Which country is Turkey's closest 'friend,'" fully 71 percent of Turks said Azerbaijan. In a distant second place was Pakistan, with a mere two percent. 

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