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Atlantico: Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman strategy

Turkey's plans to create "Great Turan" may become reality

“From the very beginning of the clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, which broke out at the end of September, the international community has been trying to unravel Turkey's intentions in the conflict, in which it had until recently held a restrained position. Intervention in Libya in late 2019 - early 2020, exploration of the resources of the Eastern Mediterranean, despite the risk of tension in relations with Greece and other NATO countries, barely disguised military support for Baku - all this is part of a global strategy to assert strength and strive for energy independence. which we should analyze ”,

- writes a French news site Atlantico...

The publication reminds that over the past few years the whole world has been watching the diplomatic and military hyperactivity of Turkey, not understanding what is behind this activity. According to Atlantico - the desire to revive the Ottoman Caliphate, the loss of which the Turkish nationalists cannot accept. Today Erdogan is the complete opposite of Ataturk, who strove to make the country modern and bring it closer to European civilization. Erdogan, on the other hand, decided to return the country to the Arab-Muslim world, and Turkey should become the leader in this world. However, not everyone in the Muslim world likes such plans, which is why Ankara's confrontation with Egypt, the oil monarchies of the Persian Gulf and Iran arose.

Turkey needs control over the sea space from the Black Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean primarily for the development of resources, since it practically does not have its own sources of hydrocarbons.

The tension that arose between Greece and Turkey in the summer of 2020 was precisely the result of Ankara's desire to revise the territorial division of the entire region, since Turkey is sure that its interests were infringed upon.

“In this regard, the prospect of a large-scale clash with Greece looks likely or even desirable in the eyes of the most radical Turkish hawks, especially since the disagreements also concern Cyprus, another bone of contention in relations between the two countries. European states and Russia rightly fear geo-economic shocks due to Erdogan's adventurism in the Eastern Mediterranean, but so far they have not been able to think of an adequate response,

- says the author of the article, a publicist, expert on the Middle East Ardavan Amir-Aslani (Ardavan Amir-Aslani)...

He is sure that Turkey's intervention in the Karabakh conflict is a consequence of a global strategy to unite all Turkic-speaking peoples under the auspices of one state. These peoples live in many of the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus and Central Asia, and there are many of them in Iran.

Pan-Turkists call such an ethno-linguistic empire "Turan" - after the Persian name of the legendary kingdom, which was once a rival of Persia. So Iran has additional cause for concern about the growing Turkish expansion at its borders. Although officially Iran is neutral towards Armenia and Azerbaijan, in reality it is nevertheless closer to Armenia and provides support to Yerevan, calling for an end to hostilities and sit down at the negotiating table. Iran found itself in a difficult situation due to the fact that the country has a large Azerbaijani diaspora, which supports all actions of Baku, said Ardavan Amir-Aslani.

"President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev makes the withdrawal of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh a condition for the cessation of hostilities, to which Armenia does not agree, which has actually ruled this territory since 1994. As a result, the "regional war" that Iranian President Rouhani fears is closer than ever to becoming a reality, "

- concludes Atlantico...

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