Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov categorically dismissed the classification of Turkey as an “ally” of Russia in an interview Wednesday after the two nations found themselves on opposing sides of yet another proxy war, this time in the Caucasus.
The two nations have a complicated history and Turkey belongs to NATO, a military coalition largely considered to exist as a check on Russian power. Recently, however, the two have attempted to mend fences for economic reasons, seeking to boost trade volume to upwards of $100 billion in talks last year. This has required some delicate diplomacy, including the Russian government largely overlooking the public assassination of its ambassador to Ankara in 2016.
The most recent conflict the two nations find themselves in is the ongoing crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, a Caucasian region technically belonging to Azerbaijan that straddles its border with Armenia. Joseph Stalin gave Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan when both were