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Turkey can join 'Putin's union' (After Karabakh settlement)

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Turkish analyst, Doctor of Politics Resul Yalcin stated the possibility of Turkey's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), but on the condition of choosing a solution of the Karabakh conflict acceptable for Azerbaijan. The analyst said this in an interview with the publication 'Eurasia Expert.'

Resul Yalcin noted that Turkey's membership in the EAEU would open new trade routes, would provide an outlet to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. For Turkey, this would represent opportunities for trade with Eastern Europe through Russia and Belarus and the Far East through Kazakhstan. New opportunities would be opened in the Black Sea.

Resul Yalcin

'Turkey's accession to the EAEU would destroy rumours about a possible restoration of the Soviet Union. Ethnic, religious and cultural ties between Turkey and the peoples of Eurasia have already strengthened the Eurasian identity of Turkey. EAEU is in the first place in the world on extraction of oil and natural gas. 170 million people live in the countries of the union. Turkey could meet the needs of the EAEU and bring a lot of new to the market economy of the union. However, Turkey's accession to the union also has negative sides,' the expert said.

According to him, the population of the EAEU today is about 170 million people, and the immediate inclusion into the union of a country with a population of 79 million people is unlikely, because if Turkey becomes an EAEU member, this will affect the balance of the population, reducing the proportion of Slavs (Russians and Belarusians). The EAEU does not yet have plans to include Turkey in its structure, just as Ankara has no intention of entering into this alliance.

'Turkey and Russia have in many ways opposite views on some regional problems, for example, the Syrian crisis. It is also necessary to remember that Turkey is a member of NATO. The EU countries account for 50% of Turkey's foreign trade. A serious obstacle to Turkey's accession to the EAEU is the fact that the country is in the customs union with the EU. However, the latter, rather, benefits the European countries at the expense of the Turkish economy. Turkey's membership in the EU also looks unlikely today, but Ankara does not intend to wait endlessly at the gate of the European Union, it wants to assess the alternatives, and in this context it is necessary to remember about the EAEU,' stressed Yalcin.

'Another important issue for Turkey is the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As one of the conditions for joining the EAEU Turkey will put the choice of an acceptable solution for Azerbaijan,' the Turkish analyst points out.

At the same time, he said, the trade turnover between Turkey and the EAEU countries, with the exception of Armenia, grew: with Russia up to $35 billion, with Kazakhstan up to $1.7 billion.

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