On 16 December 2016, the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) jointly organized a one-day conference in Ankara titled “Deepening Turkey-Russia Relations.” Leading experts from Turkey and Russia discussed the political, economic and social dimensions of relations between the two countries. The opening speech of the conference was delivered by His Excellency Andrey G. Karlov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Turkey, who highlighted the long diplomatic history and potential fields of cooperation between Turkey and Russia.