A workshop on “Implications on Ukrainian Crisis for Eastern Europe” was organized in cooperation by Center for Strategic Research (SAM) and European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Ankara on 2 June 2014.The workshop was moderated by Chairman of MFA Diplomacy Academy Assoc. Prof. Mesut Özcan. ECFR delegation was composed by Senior Fellow and Head of Sofia Office Dimitar Bechev, Piotr Buras from Warsaw Office, and Head of Wider Europe Programme Kadri Liik. Participants from Turkish side included Advisor to Foreign Minister Dr. Sevinç Alkan Özcan, Prof. Oktay Tanrısever, Assoc. Prof. Taşansu Türker, Assoc. Prof. Haldun Yalçınkaya, Assoc. Prof. Hasan Ali Karasar, Assist. Prof. Emre Erşen, Assist. Prof. Vügar İmanbeyli and representatives from relevant departments of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the event, perception of Ukrainian crisis from Turkey and Eastern Europe, and its implications for the future of Russia and West relations were thoroughly discussed. In this framework, several presentations and speeches were delivered under the titles of “Geopolitical implications of the Ukrainian Crisis”, “Why Crimea is very important?,” “Probability of civil war in Ukraine and its analysis”, “Russian question in Post-Soviet space”, “Situation and status of Crimean Tatars”, ”Quo Vadis Russia after the Ukrainian Crisis”.
Participants shared their ideas and views and responded to various questions from each other during the Q&A session. After the meeting, a lunch was given in honor of ECFR delegation.