The Turkish share in the total Georgian trade turnover amounted to $ 1.597 billion. According to the National Statistical Office of Georgia, according to the results of 2020, Turkey’s share in the trade turnover amounted to $ 1.597 billion, Anadolu agency reports. The total foreign trade turnover of Georgia last year was estimated at $ 11.3 billion. The second place, according to statistics, was taken by Russia ($ 1.328 billion), the third – China ($ 1.185 billion), the fourth – Azerbaijan ($ 934.4 million).
The largest volume of Georgian exports came to China – $ 476 million, imports – to Turkey ($ 1.407 billion). Among Georgia’s export goods, copper concentrates rank first ($ 729.4 million, 21.8% of total exports), followed by cars ($ 404.1 million, 12.1%) and ferroalloys ($ 247.3 million, 7, 4%). Among the imported goods, the most popular are cars ($ 759 million, 9.5% of total imports), copper concentrates ($ 533 million, 6.7%) and oil products ($ 498.5 million, 6, 2%).
Thus, it is safe to say that Turkey is rapidly increasing its influence in the Caucasus. After Azerbaijan’s victory in the second Karabakh war, in which the Turkish leadership supported the fraternal republic in the diplomatic and military arena, the balance of power began to shift towards Turkey, which has a centuries-old experience of good-neighborly relations with the Caucasian republics since the time of the Ottoman state.
We are convinced that in the coming years, with the active implementation of a number of common projects and the use of “soft power”, unipolarity in the South Caucasus will change to a multi-vector nature of its countries. In the same case, Russia will have to radically change its relations with Turkey and reconsider its policy in this strategically important region.