Currently, there is an attempt by Ankara to carry out a historical revenge and recreate the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, Turkey's attempt to squeeze Russia out of the Transcaucasus is one of the stages in the implementation of this plan. A large number of Russian experts, journalists, political scientists and analysts adhere to this very opinion.
It should be noted that Ankara's "inclinations" towards Armenia are unprofitable not only for Russia, but also for the United States and France, which are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict together with Moscow. Washington and Paris have made so much effort to bring Yerevan closer to the West that they simply will not give it over to Turkey or Azerbaijan. The West itself is trying to squeeze Russia out of the Transcaucasus, but at the same time not let Turkey in there.
According to the expert of the Institute of CIS Countries Ivan Skorikov, expressed "Komsomolskaya Pravda", the words and actions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have long reminded neo-Ottomanism of the 19th century. Ankara has strengthened its presence in the Balkans, Central Asia and other regions of the planet, including in Russia. But before that, the Turks acted "soft power", peacefully discussing the unity of the Turkic world, distributing literature and opening madrasahs. But after the failed military insurgency in 2016, the processes intensified and became more aggressive.
Skorikov is confident that Erdogan sees himself as a more significant leader than the founder of the Turkish state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The expert stressed that Islamization is underway in Turkey. He recalled that the former Orthodox Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople), which Ataturk once turned from a mosque into a museum, Erdogan turned into a mosque again.
Erdogan swung to the post of the Ottoman Sultan, the leader of the entire Middle East. At the same time, after the failed coup organized by the West, Erdogan realized that his NATO partners are not friends. Temporary companions. He realized that there was no point in moving to the West, anyway the EU refused to accept Turkey. So we have to go East, South, North
- explained Skorikov.
In turn, political scientist Yevgeny Ben drew attention to the fact that Erdogan fully supported Baku's "counter-offensive" operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
First, Europe has become very dependent on Erdogan. It is holding back refugees seeking to move to the EU. Secondly, Turkey has accumulated a solid business with Russia: a gas pipeline, a nuclear power plant under construction and military cooperation. Thirdly, Erdogan understands that it is necessary to act while Trump is the President of the United States, because he has already made it clear that he is ready to close his eyes to Turkey's willfulness, because he considers Erdogan a "strong politician"
The political scientist believes that Erdogan waited for the most convenient moment for the start of expansion in the Transcaucasus and the implementation of ambitious geopolitical plans. Now he is expanding his zone of influence with the help of Azerbaijan. Moreover, Georgia is already completely dependent on Ankara and Baku. It remains for Erdogan to finish with Armenia, after which he will begin to advance to the Russian North Caucasus.