This thread will look into cultural, economic and geopolitical approximation of Russia and Turkey. Cultural: Year to year more and more Russians are comeing to Turkey for holiday. They are millions. Via mouth-propaganda in Russia more and more come and there is a cultural exchange between Russians and Turks. Also many Russians come to work to Turkey in beaches as animators, artists and so on. Meditarenean-Flavour. Russian-Turkish marriages are sky-rocketing. http://www.vor.ru/Russian_Economy/excl_next329_eng.html http://translate.google.com/transla...&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=/language_tools Off course these are also "inofficial" numbers. Russian and Turkish mafia also are makeing Turkey the biggest market for slavic prostitutes. http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/27/news/turkey.php We call them Natasha's and they are everywhere in Turkey. Economic I will first bring something unrelated to Russia and Turkey, so to show where Russian-Turkish business relations stand. For example Iranian-Russian bilateral trade: http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_22518.shtml For example China-Russia: http://www.china.org.cn/english/BAT/213471.htm Now to Turkey: http://www.bsec-organization.org/admin/TodaysZaman26.06.2007.pdf At the End of 2007 trade between Russia and Turkey will be 25 Billion $ and will be 2,5 times higher than USA-Turkey trade. Together with Russian tourists in Turkey, Turkish construction firms in Russia and bilateral Investments total business is well above 30 Billion $. Political in next post.