For the average Turkish citizen, Russia has surpassed Israel as the greatest perceived threat to their country, according to a new survey.
“Although Israel had been at the top of the list of countries thought to ‘pose the biggest threat to Turkey’ since 2011, this year the Russian Federation replaced Israel on the list. The percentages of those who consider the United States, Syria and Israel to pose a threat to Turkey have fallen in 2015,” said Kadir Has University in Istanbul, which conducted the survey.
Researchers interviewed 1,000 people in 26 cities on a range of subjects, including national security, politics, social issues and economics.
The information was gathered after tensions between Russia and Turkey rose dramatically following the downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in November, killing one of the pilots.
At the same time, Israel and Turkey are said to be closer to a rapprochement after five years of tense relations following the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, though no final agreement has yet emerged.