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December 19, 2020

Turkey's Foreign Relations

Turkey which is a member of international organizations such as the Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, OSCE, and G-20, is a country integrated into the Western world. Turkey with being one of the industrial countries in the G-20 summit which brings together the world's 20 largest economies, is located in a sensitive geopolitical position. Nevertheless, having regional power with great facilities and across national borders continues to increase the interest and demand to Turkey. 

Conducting accession negotiations with the European Union which are signed in 2005, Turkey\'s relations with the European Union are progressing through three basics.

These are; These; Implementation of the Copenhagen Criteria, Implementation of the EU acquis and strengthening civil society dialogue. Negotiations for Turkey's full membership to the European Union is continuing. Turkey's "Company Law", "Enterprise and Industrial Policy", "Science and Research" acquis has become fully compatible with the EU acquis. Turkish citizens will have the opportunity to travel to the European Union countries without a visa when the required criteria are met. 

Turkey entered NATO in 1952, formed the southeastern wing of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) against Soviet Russia. Besides the defense and security guarantees to be provided by the Alliance, Turkey with reinforcing its westerner identity supported the collective defense of the union and contributed to the peaceful settlement of the East-West conflict. Turkey, taking 4th place after the USA, France and the United Kingdom in the NATO\'s most powerful countries list announced by Global Power, left behind countries such as Germany, Italy, Canada, and Spain as a military power. NATO has bases in Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Adana and Diyarbakir. 

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