Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Georgia and Turkey enjoy close ties and have smooth political relations. Turkey’s main concerns vis-à-vis Georgia are economy and trade links. Consequently, Turkey managed to replace Russia as Georgia’s biggest trade partner, citizens of Georgia can travel to Turkey without a need of visa, and Turkey attracts a large number of labor migrants coming mainly from Georgia’s impoverished countryside. However, so far Turkey has failed to formulate a policy that would fully meet Georgian and Russian expectations at the same time. On the one hand Turkey showed reluctance to NATO’s enlargement in the region and on the other, Turkish investments in Abkhazia as well as the lobby of the Abkhazian diaspora living in Turkey have posed challenges to Turkey-Georgia relations.