Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar
The other day in the official publication of the Jamestown Foundation (Jamestown Foundation) Paul Goble's article was published (Paul Goble), in which he speaks of "Russia's concern over the growing Turkish influence in the Caspian region". According to a Western author, this influence of Turkey increased significantly after the victory of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh war, during which Ankara provided direct military assistance to Baku.
From an article by expert Paul Goble:
Turkey now has direct access to the Caspian Sea – significant reserves of oil and natural gas. Way out - through influence in Azerbaijan. Russia is therefore alarmed by Turkey's enthusiasm for trans-Caspian gas pipelines, which could undermine Russia's ability to dominate this market.
The conclusion is somewhat strange. A foreign author presents everything this way, as if the influence of Turkey in Azerbaijan manifested itself exclusively after the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, Goble, for some reason, does not take into account the obvious fact - this influence has been growing in recent years., which is confirmed by numerous Turkish-Azerbaijani agreements and contracts, including contracts in the military-technical sphere.
But an expert from the Jamestown Foundation says, that Russia "to resist the growth of Turkish influence in the region decided to go for rapprochement with Iran".
from the article:
In recent weeks, Russia and Iran have held naval exercises in hydrocarbon-rich parts of the Caspian Sea. But such actions of Moscow in the Caspian Sea are already causing alarm in Azerbaijan..
Goble claims, that "in response" in Baku "are ready to use military means to protect their gas pipelines and other infrastructure in the Caspian Sea".
Protect from whom? From Russia? Such conclusions of Mr. Goble seem clearly far-fetched.. This is understandable. Ведь Jamestown Foundation – organization, led by “former” U.S. Central Intelligence Officers. At one time, this American foundation conducted “seminars” involving terrorists, operating in the North Caucasus. Among the invitees – Adventure, who were previously part of Maskhadov's terrorist groups. At the same time, they were called that “fighters for independence”, the “Caucasian militia”.
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