Susanne Güsten, Der Tagesspiegel | August 14, 2009
The Turkish-Russian relationship has improved immensely since Turkey’s setback in its EU accession plans. ++ Despite supporting Europe’s Nabucco pipeline project Ankara also cooperates with Russia over gas supplies. ++ “If Turkey still had hopes for EU membership, it probably would have reacted differently" to Russia's interest. ++ There is no reason for Ankara to coordinate its politics with Brussels after frustrating EU negotiations. ++ “Moscow has ascended to Ankara’s most important trading partner” and Europe now has competition.