In Istanbul, Europe and Asia are connected in one city. It is an apt symbol for Turkey, which in the past, was often seen as a bridge between the East and the West.
Over the years, animosity between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the West prompted the country to look to Russia and the Middle East for allies.
Erdogan’s main rival in the upcoming election Kemal Kilicdaroglu says if he wins, Turkey will turn again to the West.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports from the Turkish capital Ankara.