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Nekoliko pitanja jugoslovensko-turske saradnje
Some Issues of Yugoslav-Turkish Cooperation

Author(s): Ratomir Milikić
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Institut za noviju istoriju Srbije
Keywords: Yugoslavia; Turkey; Balkan Pact; Eastern Bloc
Summary/Abstract: This paper deals with some aspects of cooperation between Yugoslavia and Turkey during the turbulent Cold War years. The author explains how rather reserved cooperation and exclusively diplomatic relations developed into versatile bilateral cooperation. Economic exchange reached a fair level, followed by cultural cooperation. The basis for Yugoslav-Turkish relations was common fear of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc countries. The Balkan Pact which passed though two phases of its development – the Ankara Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and the Bled Mutual Agreement Pact – enjoyed NATO’s ardent support, primarily from the U.S. administration which extended various forms of assistance to Ankara since Turkey became a NATO member. However, even in the period of greatest harmony, gathering of sensitive information in both countries never ceased, nor was mutual lack of confi dence ever surpassed because Yugoslavia and Turkey feared that the other country’s social system might have an adverse influence. Although the two countries parted in the understanding of foreignpolicy priorities, the short period of close relations served as a foundation for further improvement of cooperation in many fields, primarily in economic activities, where Yugoslavia and Turkey found each other as reliable and solid partners.

  • Page Range: 617-627
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Serbian