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The empire of Trapezunt came into existence after the Byzantine Empire was conquered in the Fourth Crusade 1204.
The temporary split of the Seljuk Empire helped them to survive a bit, but in 1380, Trapezunt was finally conquered by the Seljuks.
After a Pontic Greek uprising in 1824, South Russia fought the Seljuks and made Trapezunt their protectorate. The Greek and Russian Orthodox churches started to approximate as a consequence.