“Russia and Turkey: International Bilateral Relations in International Context” Symposium cooperated with Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Istanbul University Faculty of Arts History Research Center was held on 19-20 October 2018, hosted by Russia Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Public Administration in Moscow.

Symposium was attended by academicians from history, political science and international relations departments from Turkey and Russia. In the symposium for two days, Turkish and Russian political scientists evaluated relations between Turkey and Russia from past to today in international context. During the symposium, 23 academic papers were presented; Turkish political scientists explained Russia’s political status in international area, Russia’s geopolitics from Turkish perspective. This perception was evaluated in bilateral relations of these two countries in the articles.

Additionally, England’s role in relations between Turkey and Russia during 19th century has been evaluated by Prof. Dr. Mahir Aydın and Prof. Dr. A. A. Ulunyan. Russian political scientist Dr. E. V. Bahrevskiy explained Turkey’s image in Russia and Russians living in Turkey. Bahrevskiy also emphasized the cultural similarities between two countries. Professor Dr. P. V. Shlykov underlined the cooperation and competition areas in Turkey-Russia relations. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gültekin Yıldız evaluated Russia’s role in Turkey’s strategic culture by explaining the historical reasons. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hayri Çapraz told about the strategic importance of the straits for both countries. Dr. Mustafa Tanrıverdi explained the role of the Ottoman’s envoys in St. Petersburg and its effects for the bilateral relations of Turkey and Russia.

Cultural relations between Turkey and Russia were evaluated in the articles of Prof. Dr. Namık Sinan Turan, Dr. Şamil Mutlu, Prof. Dr. O. Yu. Petrunina, Prof. Dr. A. Yu. Polunov. In the articles, it was explained the intersections and beaking points in cultural relations were presented from 19th century to the present. Other articles which were presented at the symposium discussed economic, political and social relations of Turkey and Russia.

In the closing and evaluation session, it was stated that this symposium was very important because it was the first organized one. Moreover, it was discussed that this symposium will be a good step in an academic cooperation between Turkey and Russia with the guidance of one of the oldest universities of Turkey and Russia; Istanbul University and Moscow State University. Then it was decided to publish the articles presented during the symposium as a book.