After recieving advice from Matt, who told me fighting russians in colonial was a bad idea, I decided that with the lack of trading posts and what I had been advised that ff was the best option.
I did miss the 700 wood card out of the ff due to lack of shipments coming in quickly enough. :( When I hit fort I send 2 falcs and that, combine with 4 age up abus guns and some trained jannisaries manages to put a halt to his rush.
However he did manage to get my 2 cannons in the midst of the battle. Good news was he lost all his cossacks and a lot of stretlets.
I then go on to destroy his second forward blockhouse. (Not sure why he wasted the resources on that so early.).
I didn't have enough siege to take on his main base which would soon have a coupe of blockhouses and eventually a fort.
I sent spahi and tried to reape his villies :D
He hits fort and attempts to expand but I manage to kill his explorer twice while he tries to build more town centres.
I probably wasn't agressive enough, the game lasts till industrial with a fair amount of oprichnik and cavalry archer raiding (I checked the saloon for BR or manchu but alas, :( there were none )
Side note: I think this guy might have been a bit lower ranked than me which may have made up for the disadvantage ottomans supposedly have on bayou...