While Russia has come to the fast rescue of its strategic accomplice Kazakhstan, there are doubts over Turkey’s ties with the area following the disaster. Turkey has initiated an internet assembly of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Turkic States (OTG), devoted to the occasions in Kazakhstan. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, after a dialog together with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi, mentioned that the occasion will happen on January 11. Turkey seems involved over Moscow’s stature in Central Asia which has additional grown.
Victoria Panfilova, Observer of the division of politics of the neighboring nations of the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” mentioned that the occasions in Kazakhstan had been in the main focus of consideration of Ankara, the chief of the “Turkic world”. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar mentioned, “We believe that our brothers will overcome all difficulties with their own means and abilities. We declare that we are ready to provide all kinds of assistance and support to our Kazakh brothers ”.
Akar signalled to Kazakhstan that Turkey can be extra helpful 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 building a “Turkic world”…The Turkish officialdom openly laments the “loss of Kazakhstan’s sovereignty” and calls on its authorities to act more decisively in this direction…It is very difficult to imagine that Turkey will further strengthen its positions in Central Asia,” based on Nezavisimaya Gazeta
However, based on Stanislav Pritchin, senior researcher on the Center for Post-Soviet Studies on the IMEMO RAS, Turkey had restricted room for manoeuvre. “During the acute phase of the crisis in Kazakhstan, Turkey could not do anything. This would cause even greater bewilderment not only in Kazakhstan, but also in Russia and China. The charter of the OTG does not contain any such point like sending its troops in the event of a crisis in one of the OTG countries. The only one who could do this was Uzbekistan, which signed a corresponding package of agreements with Kazakhstan. Therefore, it makes no sense for Turkey to take any serious steps now,” Pritchin instructed Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
“The idea of creating the Great Turan is not going anywhere. The question is how effectively it will be implemented. The fact is that for Kazakhstan, as well as for all Central Asian republics, the very idea of a “Turkic world” is not entirely acceptable. Being a Turk does not mean being in the “Turkic world”. It’s like Serbs and Russians will never be in the same state, no matter how close they are to each other,” Aleksandr Kobrinsky, director of the Agency for Ethno-National Strategies, instructed Nezavisimaya Gazeta.