Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Russia and Turkey are becoming fast friends

Interesting and timely. When relations between the US, Israel and Turkey are at their worst.

Medvedev hails 'strategic' Turkey ties

"The two sides prepared to seal energy deals, including a plan to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant" "Our relations have dramatically changed over the past years. Today they are strategic," said Medvedev

Russian-Turkish Trade is good
Russian-Turkish trade stood at $19.6 billion in 2009, down almost 40% from 2008. In January and February however trade grew about 30% year-on-year, and is still on the rise.
"Despite last year's crisis, our trade turnover has recovered quite quickly... If the growth continues, then at the end of this year we are likely to get the same figures as in 2008," he said.
Medvedev also said he saw $100 billion in trade turnover with Turkey as realistic

Russia and Turkey agree on visa free travel

Moscow and Ankara are due to sign an agreement to cancel the visa regime between the two countries, President Dmitry Medvedev said.
The Russian head of state is on an official visit to Turkey to sign strategic deal Agreement on mutual cancellation of visas for citizens of the two states will be signed on Wednesday. This step will open “absolutely new opportunities for promoting tourism,”

Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers seeking sun, sea and good service for reasonable prices. Last year alone, Medvedev reminded, over two million Russians visited Turkey.

Russia backs Turkey/Armenia normalization

The Russian president extended on Wednesday support to normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations.
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia was monitoring the process carefully, and wished that the process that had gained momentum with protocol signed between Turkey and Armenia would continue.
"I hope parties will reach an agreement," Medvedev told a joint press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara.
Medvedev said the normalization would contribute to regional stability, improve economic relations and raise living standards.
Oh and speaking of Israel and Turkey's bad relationship. Israeli news is reporting the arrest of a Turkish national, two weeks ago... Hitting the news today?

Izzet Shahin, arrested in the West Bank by Israeli security forces two weeks ago, had been organizing a Gaza aid shipment.

Izzet Shahin, a volunteer for the Turkish NGO Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), was arrested in the West Bank by Israeli security forces two weeks ago and had been transferred to a Shin Bet investigation.

IHH, who had been organizing a Gaza aid boat planned to depart at the end of the month, was outlawed in Israel a few years ago.

According to the IHH website, the organization had been organizing a "major initiative…to deliver aid via the sea to the Gaza Strip, which has been under an embargo for over three years."

"Hundreds of concerned people will set out on 10 ships in May to take over 5,000 tons of relief aid and materials to Gaza," the website statement said

An Israeli embargo blocks desperately needed aid to Gaza. How humanitarian.


  1. When relations between the US, Israel and Turkey are at their worst.

    Humm, one would think that with the Turkey being or at least should be the National bird of the US and the relationship between Jews,Turkeys and ovens one would think that they would be sort a chummy having so much in common an all.

    Medvedev hails 'strategic' Turkey ties. Turkey ties? those are the thingys that you wrap around their legs just before yuh shovem in the oven ain't they?

  2. LOL @ Silv

    Thanks - I needed that

  3. Penny - Iran stole all the gravy!

  4. Penny, there's a piece on Haaretz today about Iran making an enrichment deal with both Turkey and Brazil, wherein the handover of uranium would take place in Turkey.


  5. "Making the swap in Turkey, which is Iran's neighbour, could be one alternative, observers say."

    That is interesting, a move that would almost certainly see Israel even more angry at Turkey.