Moscow and Saint Petersburg in year 2008
Your writer was in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg Russia in early September 2008 for face-to-face business development communications. The first visit to Moscow was in winter 1976 through an United Nations scholarship on professional educational opportunity.
In order to overcome communication barriers in doing business, you must learn Russian. Hence you can also communicate with beautiful daughters of Pushkin and Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and break ice in your communication. Please do note that every educated intellectual Turkish man traditionally looks for his own Vera Tulyakova since Nazim Hikmet.
There are great opportunities to make more business in Russia. There are many projects to demolish the old Khrushchev era poor housing units and rebuild new luxury residences, better housing complexes. There are investment plans for new thermal power plants gas and/or coal fired. Their local companies can not satisfy/ fulfill all these new investment plans.
Turkish companies should move to more specialized high-tech engineering scopes other than simple ground laying, foundations, and mechanical installations.
In these difficult times of financial crisis, Lehman Bros and Merrill Lynch on the Wall Street, overseas international markets are too far away and too risky. There is no point to try to please those far away overseas clients with so minimum outcome, rather than leaving the closer market at our north. We have a great market at a very close distance to our land at our north and all we have to do is to be more close to that market and satisfy their market needs.
On the other hand ongoing nearby Georgia nor Syria problem are not our conflict. There is no gain, nor any interest in our involvement. Pipeline operations will have ups and downs in such mega project, which is the obvious nature of such operation. We should stay firm on our positions and get no involvement whatsoever.
Turkey is uniquely positioned as a bridge between the East and West at a crucial time for the European Union and the world in general.
The primary objectives of Turkish foreign policy are to establish and to develop friendly relations with all countries, non-interferance into internal affairs, in particular with neighboring ones; to promote and to take part in regional and international cooperation; to resolve disputes through peaceful means and to contribute to regional peace, stability, security and prosperity. (Ref. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Russia, whose relations with Turkey date back centuries, has always been an important neighbor. The break-up of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Russian Federation marked a new phase in Turkish-Russian relations. Both countries share the aim of working towards the enhancement of peace, stability and economic well-being in the region.
Currently, good neighborliness, mutual trust, friendship and cooperation form the basis of Turkish-Russian relations, which Turkey seeks to further develop to serve the mutual interests of both countries. Concrete results of our cooperation can be seen in the energy and economic fields. Your comments are always welcome
*Haluk Direskeneli is a graduate of the METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, U.S. and Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in the fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant and energy analyst with thermal power plant basic and detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of the Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.