Anatolia at the Core of Russia-West Rivalry and Soviet Policy of Ankara Government

Ada T.

BELLETEN, vol.82, pp.1077-1152, 2018 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 82
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: BELLETEN
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1077-1152
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Anatolian Ankara, in the period of the National Struggle, wanted to neutralize Western imperialism with Soviet support, taking advantage of the competition between the West and Russia. With this strategy, it was not only aimed at achieving military success with Soviet assistance, but also at the same time, in Western capitals, by establishing a fear of "Bolshevik Anatolia", the Entente States confirmed the existence of "Independent Anatolia". Likewise, although the Soviets knew such a possibility, they were willing to accept an independent Anatolia, even if they were not Bolsheviks, and they were seriously concerned about possible Western influence in the region.