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Russia and Turkey celebrate centenary of diplomatic relations

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Russia and Turkey celebrate centenary of diplomatic relations


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Russia and Turkey are celebrating the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, TASS reports.

One hundred years ago, the People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs of Soviet Russia Georgy Chicherin answered a letter from Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, who proposed "to establish permanent relations" and lay the foundations of friendship, "which will unite the Turkish and Russian nations."

Russia was the first to recognize the independence of Turkey. The Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood was signed by countries in March 1921. According to the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Turkey, Alexei Yerkhov, it was originally planned that the Alexandrov Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army  would come to Turkey with tours. The team is very popular in the country, and the tickets are quickly sold out. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, plans had to be changed.

In anticipation of the date, the Russian Embassy posted a photo exhibition about the development of bilateral cooperation within hundreds of years. Diplomats organized a screening of documentaries on historical topics, lecturing to local students.

Earlier, the State Archives prepared an exhibition for the centenary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey. According to experts, bilateral relations went through different periods, many of them were rather complicated. But at the same time, there have always been areas where cooperation was independent of politics, such as culture and science.

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