Why don't Azerbaijan and Turkey unite?

"The very idealistic concern of Turkey"

Deutschlandfunk, the Karabakh War and the armistice

Three weeks ago, early in the morning on Deutschlandfunk, you could hear a report that, following the armistice agreement in the Nagorno-Karabakh war that Russia enforced on Monday, has the chance to become a true classic in German reporting in the Caucasus War. And for two reasons: On the one hand, in addition to the popular "both-sideism", one can study another technique of incomplete reporting, namely the refusal to "add one and one", i.e. the consequences of certain information draw and name them clearly. At the same time, a goal of the Turkish-Azerbaijani warfare was named here for the first time with unprecedented openness, the logistical prerequisites of which are now actually being realized at breathtaking speed - and bitterly humiliating for the Armenians.

In the program "Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkey aims at the corridor to the Caspian Sea" broadcast at 6:15 am, the Istanbul political scientist Hakan Günes initially presented the rather adventurous thesis that the conflict "carried Moscow's signature". The Kremlin, according to its particularly original interpretation of the war in the South Caucasus, "wanted to draw Ankara deliberately into this war: if Turkey were active in Nagorno-Karabakh, it could no longer care so much about Syrian Idlib, where Russia and face Turkey. "

Turkish idealism ...

But it did not stop with this somersault-mortale argument. Shortly afterwards it was about hard facts: In the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Ankara was also pursuing another interest. It is about a corridor - from Turkey to the Caspian Sea. Reference was made to a map - unfortunately not visible on the radio -:

There is a 17-kilometer border with Azerbaijan in southeastern Turkey. Behind it lies the Nakhichevan Autonomous Region, an exclave of Azerbaijan west of Armenia. About 50 kilometers further east comes the Nagorno-Nagorno-Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. These 50 kilometers would probably no longer be a major hurdle for Turkey if Azerbaijan got the shots back in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is how the gas and oil reserves in the Caucasus could be reached.

Hakan Günes

At this point at the latest, the journalist responsible for the report, Marion Sendker, should have followed up or had to add up one and one herself: The measly 50 kilometers, which, mind you, for Turkey (!!), would no longer be a hurdle if, like the Turkish political scientist Popular expressions like "Azerbaijan will get the say back in Nagorno-Karabakh" are in fact - please look at the map! - on the territory of the Republic of Armenia!

In other words: the journalist did not object to anything less than a Turkish occupation of southern Armenian territory, in the province of Syunik or even in the neighboring Vajoz Dzor to the north - Armenia is also one of the only two land connections with foreign countries, namely to Iran, would cost!

... and the German reporting

Instead of being immediately put on the pot, the lecturer in international relations at Istanbul University was allowed to continue as follows:

This is one of Turkey's most important geopolitical reasons in the government, even if such a corridor is difficult to implement. It is a very idealistic concern of Turkey - and also of the West. Because such a corridor can connect Europe, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Hakan Günes

Access to energy resources in the Caucasus is also a German concern - since Bismarck. For Berlin, however, there are only two ways to get there: Via Russia, which is hardly feasible, or via Turkey. For this reason, too, Germany would not interfere particularly in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The Turkish political scientist wisely ignored the fact that there is also a third route, namely via Georgia, which has long been practiced.

The DLF journalist let all this go through without contradiction and without any explanation - quality reporting in the contribution-financed Deutschlandfunk, Anno 2020!

"Who has such friends ..."

With this "idealistic concern of Turkey - and also of the West", the Istanbul lecturer seems to have divulged - involuntarily, but quite accurately - a strategic goal of the two brother states of Turkic origin in the Karabakh war as well as the reason for the elegant reluctance of the West!

That he also played down the fears of the Armenians, even accused them of exploiting the genocide 105 years ago for anti-Turkish resentment with the sentence "Armenia consciously portrays itself as a victim of Turkey in order to generate international support" - the only thing missing is the allegation , at that time, with wise foresight, they would have committed one and a half million suicide for precisely this reason! - is no longer surprising.

Even the experts from the Bosporus could not have imagined in his wildest dreams that the prerequisites for the implementation of this "idealistic concern" would be fulfilled so quickly! And it even works without a Turkish occupation of southern Armenian territory. This is made possible by point nine of the ceasefire agreement imposed on the conflicting parties by Armenia's protective power on November 9, of all things: it provides for the creation of a transport link between Nakhichevan and Azerbaijan via Armenian territory "to allow unhindered movement of citizens, vehicles and goods in both directions to organize." Controlled by the FSB.

No wonder that the Armenians are now saying to themselves at the very latest: "Whoever has such friends does not need enemies!"

Dr. Leo Ensel ("Look at the other side!") Is a conflict researcher and intercultural trainer with a focus on "Post-Soviet space and Central / Eastern Europe". Publications on the subjects of "fear and nuclear armament", on the social psychology of reunification as well as studies on the image of Germany in the post-Soviet area. In the New East-West Conflict, his main concern is overcoming false narratives, de-escalation and the reconstruction of trust.

(Leo Ensel)

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