Russian Daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta: The Fighting In Nagorno Karabakh Is Turkey’s Stepping Stone To Building The ‘Great Turan’ A Gigantic Federation Of Turkic Peoples With An Army Of 2.8 Million Soldiers
Nezavisimaya Gazeta columnist Vladimir Mukhin, citing Russian experts believes that the fighting in Nagorno Karabakh is part of a step-by-step Turkish strategy to resurrect the idea of “Great Turan,” a federation of Turkic peoples. Russia’s preferred strategy of playing the role of peace keeper will be countered by the demand that Turkey share in the peace keeping role. Turkey, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, has used soft power such as Turkish imams, financial assistance and has even supplanted Russia in providing military training. There is even talk already of a Turkic army numbering 2.8 million soldiers from, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.Mukhin’s article follows below:
Turkish-language map projects a future Turan federation stretching from Turkey to Mongolia and Siberia (Source: Dostum.org)
‘It Is Clear To Everyone That The Construction Of The New Ottoman Empire Is Turkey’s Plan’
“…The Azerbaijani leadership demands to include Turkey as a member in co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group to identify new requirements for the settlement of the conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh. ‘Mere restoration of the ceasefire cannot be a topic for negotiations. We have demands. We must be provided with very serious guarantees, and international mediators must confirm them,’ [the head of Azerbaijan, Ilham] Aliyev said.
“The topic of the Armenian troops withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh as a condition for the start of the settlement process in the region has already been discussed by the international community: in March 2008, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution demanding ‘the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan’ with 39 votes in favor, 7 against and 100 abstentions. The countries co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group (US, Russia, France) opposed the adoption of this resolution, since, in their opinion, it was unilateral. Back then Turkey supported this thesis. And now, amid the ‘thunder’ of war, this issue is again being debated.
“…Judging by the hostilities, Azerbaijan’s military potential with the explicit support of Turkey is much higher than Armenia’s. If the war won’t be stopped, the gradual and grueling advance of the Azerbaijani forces in Karabakh will bring them success…
“‘In geopolitical terms, such a situation is disadvantageous to the Russian Federation. Even if Yerevan agrees to the entry of Russian peacekeepers into the conflict zone, Baku, supporting Ankara, will propose the presence of Turkish blue helmets there,’ said military expert Shamil Gareev, a reserve colonel.
“Analyst Andrei Medvedev also believes that Ankara can play an increasing role in the future peace process around the Karabakh conflict: ‘France and the United States stated that they intend to continue to mediate the peace process, and the parties must unconditionally cease fire. This is perhaps the main thing. However, this statement is not only and not entirely about Karabakh, it’s about the New Ottoman Empire. It is clear to everyone, that the construction [of the New Ottoman Empire] (in one form or another) is Turkey’s plan. And if Ankara will become a mediator in the negotiations between Yerevan and Baku, it will be another stone in the foundation of the Ottoman Empire 2.0.’
“The expert believes that such a Turkish aspiration will be opposed not only by the Russian Federation, but also by other countries-mediators of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Medvedev draws attention to the fact that ‘Russia’s presence in the region is no picnic for the West either. And the ideal scheme [for the West] is to squeeze out the Russians, keep out the Turks in and to take everything for themselves (or this time, at least, to curb Erdogan’s imperial ambitions). Did Washington invest so much in Armenia for nothing? To give it all to the Turks? – no way!’ says the expert.”