Turkey and Russia were two countries with close political and economic ties. Starting from late 2015, the dialogue between Ankara and Moscow was suspended for several months. Although the initial steps for a rapprochement were taking place as of June 2016, there were many uncertainties remaining: In light of the developments, could companies resume their investments and commercial activities or should decisions be put on hold? What was the strategy during such turbulent times? Could companies bet that the reunion would last?
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