Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled his words that his country would never bow to any force except Allah. This reminder was made against the background of regional conflicts flare up with new force almost all over the perimeter of Turkish borders.
As Ahval writes today, October 9, Ankara is currently providing military support to Azerbaijan in ongoing hostilities with Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and is involved in a number of other conflicts. This includes Syria, where Turkey remains a key supporter of the local so-called armed opposition. Ankara’s military operations also continue in northern Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers Party (KWP), which is banned in Turkey. Turkish intervention has recently been decisive in strengthening the Government of National Accord (GNC) in Libya, an opponent of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Tensions remain high in the confrontation with Cyprus and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahval lists.
“We bow to Allah… We do not bow to any other force,” Erdogan said in one of his speeches a few years ago.
A video with this piece of speech was posted the day before on the Turkish President’s Twitter. The head of state accompanied the published video with the following post: “Kysa bir hatırlatma…”. (“A small reminder…”).
The rhetoric of the Turkish head of state has recently started to actively include appeals to the Ottoman past of the country and appeals to the theses of political Islam. For a short period of time Erdogan “solved” the issue with the Christian Cathedral of St. Sophia in Istanbul, making it a mosque again, called Jerusalem a “Turkish city”, further spoiled relations with its closest neighbors in the western (Greece, Cyprus) and southern (Syria, Iraq, Israel) directions, and opened a new front to meet his foreign policy ambitions, plunging with his head in support of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh conflict.
Clashes on the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh have occurred before, but the current aggravation of the situation is of heightened concern not only for its scale but also for a fundamentally new impact of external factors. This was stated in a statement by the director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, distributed by the service’s press office on October 6. “It was for the first time that Turkey took the side of Azerbaijan so openly and unequivocally. Besides, armed confrontation in Garabagh is fomenting like a magnet and attracts militants from various international terrorist structures”, the head of Russian foreign intelligence drew attention.
If the world community gives the wrong geopolitical assessment of the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Europe should “wait for Turkey near Vienna,” as reported EADaily, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in an interview with the German edition Bild, which was published on October 4. According to the Prime Minister, Ankara recruits and transports terrorists from Syria to fight against Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, while the Turkish army is directly involved in the conflict. “I think 100 years later Turkey returned to the South Caucasus region to continue Armenian genocide. Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia have now become in front of civilization. Armenians in the South Caucasus are the last obstacle for Turkey’s expansion to the north, south-east, and east. Turkey’s imperialist policy stretches far beyond the South Caucasus,” Pashinyan said.