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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.

 

 

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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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