Under the heading above, Artyom Dankov wrote in the “Eurasia Expert” about the points Turkey relies on to expand its influence in Central Asia on Russia’s frontiers.
In the article by Dankov, assistant professor in the Department of World Politics at the Faculty of Historical and Political Sciences of Tomsk State University, it says:
During the autumn war in Nagorno Karabakh, the attention of many people was drawn to the active intervention of Turkey, towards influencing the development of events by all available means. However, Ankara is making efforts to spread its influence not only in the Caucasus region, but in Central Asia, and to build ties with the Turkic-speaking peoples in the countries of the region.
Turkey is currently looking at developing relations with Central Asian countries as a means to achieve strategic goals: to revitalize its policy at the broader regional and international level, to increase its geostrategic importance in the eyes of its partners.
There are now several tools for implementing Turkey’s policy in Central Asia:
1. A joint energy market venture and an alternative energy supply corridor to global markets bypassing Russia;
2. A unified system for business contacts in the region, which will develop trade and the personal communication system;
3. A common educational and cultural space that allows, through cooperation in the field of language and culture, the formation of a common ideology for the new Turkish-Islamic world;
4. Policy advisory tools and institutions to align political interests and positions on key issues.
In recent years, the Turkish Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries, and the United Administration of Turkish Arts and Languages were established and are now operational;
5. Military technical assistance to Central Asian countries in the areas of security, defense and counter-terrorism. Military cooperation between Central Asia and Turkey has various forms, including the joint production of certain types of military equipment, the supply of weapons and mass training for the military in Turkey, where in practice hundreds of officers from Central Asian countries have been trained in military educational institutions.
The unconditional success of the economic, military-political partnership with Azerbaijan now serves Turkey, and the victory in Karabakh has recently embodied it. This makes cooperation with Turkey more attractive to Turkic-speaking countries in Central Asia.
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