The "7th International Black Sea Symposium" organized by the Central Asia University Association Board of Directors with the decision and support of the Chairman of the Turkish Keneş Association of Turkish Universities and the Rector of Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University (KTMÜ) Prof. Dr.Sebahattin Balcı was held between 19-21 October 2017 in Giresun. KTMÜ Rector and academicians attended the symposium on "Turkish-Russian Relations" of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Implementation Center.

Giresun Governor Harun Sarıfakıoğulları stated in his opening speech at the Ömer Halisdemir Conference Hall at Güre Campus that he will present valuable notices both in Turkish and foreign academicians in the symposium, which will be an important contribution to both academic and thought life. The rector of Giresun University Cevdet Coşkun said that at a time when world politics is changing, there is a process in which both countries, Turkey and Russia, both in Asia and Europe, have power and in close contact and cooperation. Coşkun said that the development of relations between the two countries would have a positive effect on both the region and the world, stated "In this context, as Giresun University, we have defined the main theme of the 7th International Black Sea Symposium as Turkish-Russian relations, which will not only be limited to international relations but also will cover many different underground issues such as energy, exports, history, geography, literature, cinema and tourism".