While Russia has come to the immediate rescue of its strategic partner Kazakhstan, Turkey’s relationship with the region has been cast in doubt after the crisis. Turkey has launched an online meeting of foreign ministers Organization of Turkish States (OTG), dedicated to events in Kazakhstan. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Taleberdi that the event would take place on January 11. Turkey is concerned about Moscow’s stature in Central Asia, which has increased.
Victoria Panfilova, supervisor of the politics department of neighboring countries of “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, said the events in Kazakhstan were in the attention of Ankara, the leader of the “Turkish world”. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, “We are confident that our brothers will overcome all difficulties with their means and abilities. We declare that we are ready to provide all assistance and assistance to our Kazakh brethren.”
Aker signaled to Kazakhstan that Turkey would be more useful than Russia. “Akar’s statements are understandable, especially given the fact that some Turkish experts argue: The introduction of CSTO troops into Kazakhstan marked the collapse of the idea of creating a “Turkish world” … Turkey officially Openly mourns the “loss of Kazakhstan’s sovereignty” and calls on its officials to take more decisive action in this direction … It is very difficult to imagine that Turkey will further strengthen its position in Central Asia, “According to the Nejavisimaya Gazeta
However, according to Stanislav Prichin, senior researcher at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies at IMEMO RAS, Turkey had limited space for maneuvers. “During the acute phase of the crisis in Kazakhstan, Turkey could not do anything. This will shock not only in Kazakhstan, but in Russia and China even more. There is no point in the OTG’s charter to send its troops to one of the OTG countries in case of crisis. The only one to do so was Uzbekistan, which signed a related package of agreements with Kazakhstan. Therefore, it makes no sense for Turkey to take any serious steps now,” Prichin told Nejavisimaya Gazeta.
“The idea of making great Turan is not going anywhere. The question is how will it be implemented effectively. The fact is that for Kazakhstan, as well as for all Central Asian republics, the idea of a “Turkish world” is not entirely acceptable. Being a Turk does not mean being in the “Turkish world”. It is as if Serbs and Russians will never be in the same state, no matter how close they are to each other,” Alexander Kobrinsky, director of the Agency for Ethno-National Strategies, told Nejavisimaya Gazeta.