The shadow of the British lion over the Caucasus. Link of British Petroleum interests and the conflict over Karabakh
The military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh continues, despite numerous calls for a ceasefire. The Azerbaijani army has numerical and technical superiority over the Defense Army of Nagorno-Karabakh; she, despite a series of defeats, has recaptured part of the territory and continues to advance on a wide front.
Today it is absolutely clear that the tactical successes of the Azerbaijani military would have been impossible without the support of Turkey. Turks participate in military operations in the Karabakh theater of operations and control these actions; Turkish drones are destroying enemy personnel and military equipment. In addition, Turkey has transferred additional cannon fodder to Azerbaijan - thousands of Syrian militants.
Ankara and Baku are betting on a military solution to the Karabakh issue. However, not everyone notices that Azerbaijan is gradually losing its sovereignty, exchanging it for military assistance to Turkey, which has embarked on the path of reviving the Ottoman Empire.
And behind the backs of the new Ottomans is the shadow of a British lion, whose aspirations in the Caucasus have a long history.
A year and a half after the collapse of the USSR, Margaret Thatcher visited Azerbaijan. During the visit of the "iron lady", agreements were reached on the signing of future oil contracts. Later, Thatcher's son and the son of the Queen of Great Britain, Prince Andrew, a well-known TNK lobbyist, became a frequent guest in Azerbaijan.
In February 2015, Azerbaijan was included in the British program High value opportunity, which provided government support to British companies in the conclusion and implementation of oil and gas contracts. By the end of 2017, more than 500 British companies operated in Azerbaijan (now there are even more). Great Britain came out on top in terms of investments in the Azerbaijani economy. British Petroleum controls a fair share of the Baku oil fields. BP has participated and is participating in seven oil and gas projects in Azerbaijan, including the development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli fields, the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, and the laying of the Southern Gas Corridor. In an effort to expand their presence in Azerbaijani oil and gas, the British are buying even unpromising fields like South-West Gobustan.
The conductor of London's interests in the Transcaucasus is the British intelligence service MI6, which sharply intensified its activity in the summer of 2019, when the career MI6 officer James Sharp became the British Ambassador to Azerbaijan instead of the classic diplomat Carol Croft. (MI6 officers are Her Majesty's ambassadors). Sharp speaks Russian, Arabic and Azerbaijani. In recent years, he was ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, oversaw the export of arms in the British Foreign Office.
James Sharp hit it off and got on shortly with the current head of MI6, Richard Moore, during their tenure at the Foreign Office, where Moore headed the political department and Sharpe was an adviser for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In March 2020, this British intelligence ambassador met with the head of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, Tural Ganjaliyev. And at the end of September, the Briton published an article in the Azerbaijani press, in which it says: "For nearly three decades, the UK and Azerbaijan have been strategic partners in the development of Azerbaijan's energy sector and we expect this partnership to continue over the next three decades."...
A bundle of interests British petroleum and the conflict over Karabakh is obvious. London's support for a military solution to the Karabakh conflict is calculated to eliminate Russia from the forces operating in the region and to perpetuate British control over the energy resources and strategic pipelines of the Caucasus.
However, what does the support of Great Britain and Turkey give Azerbaijan with their course of uniting the Turkic peoples of Eurasia within the framework of the Great Turan - a project whose apologist is Richard Moore, the direct boss of James Sharp?
After the dismemberment of the USSR, Turkey consistently implanted the ideology of Pan-Turkism in the post-Soviet republics with a Turkic population. In the eyes of Ankara, the Big Turan project looks like an alternative to the Eurasian Union, or a form of Eurasian integration in which Russia is giving way to Turkey.
Azerbaijani strategists should understand that Erdogan sees the post-Soviet part of Greater Turan as a colonial appendage of the metropolis - the neo-Ottoman empire. If these plans come true, the people of Azerbaijan will lose their original culture and will be assimilated by the Asia Minor Turks. Azerbaijanis will suffer the fate of the Greeks and Armenians living in Turkey. Rather, the churched crypto-Greeks and crypto-Armenians.
Azerbaijan today - one of the most tolerant countries of the Islamic world. Most of the population professes Shiite Islam; Christians (Georgians and Russians), Jews, Albanians, representatives of other nations and confessions also live in the republic. And after joining the Big Turan, which is now going on, and the denomination of the majority of the population of Azerbaijan, enclaves of crypto-Shiites, crypto-Christians, crypto-Jews, that is, crypto-Azerbaijanis officially professing Sunni Islam, will appear on the territory of this republic, and secretly adhering to their faith.
The entire history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey in the twentieth century shows that there are no other options for the peoples who fell under the Ottoman aegis. The Kurds are well aware of this.
So does Azerbaijan need Big Turan?
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