Turkey prevents region from sliding into chaos

Türkiye Materials 16 July 2016 17:01 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 16

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:

Turkey faced a serious challenge last night, but Turkish people and government overcame it with dignity. The coup attempt has been suppressed and the country is returning to a stable life.

Stability in Turkey is an important factor in creation of a modern political architecture not only for Turkey itself and region, but also for the whole world.

Azerbaijan has always supported the Turkish people and the current situation is no exception.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was following the developments in Turkey throughout the whole night with anxiety and was deeply concerned over the ongoing processes, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani president’s aide for public and political affairs, told Trend July 16.

Azerbaijan’s president strongly condemned these developments and unequivocally assessed this as a coup attempt and as an impingement against the national interests of Turkish people, the foundations of the country’s democracy and the rule of law, added Hasanov.

Given that currently, Turkey is one of the most effective deterrent forces protecting the world from terrorism (including Armenian terrorism) that poses a threat not only to the region, but also to Europe and other countries, the stability in that country is very important for the world order.

Aside from deterring terrorism, Turkey and Azerbaijan implement a large number of joint projects, including the energy projects, which ensure the energy security of not only the region, but also the continent. Turkey’s geographical location allows it to play an important role in the transit of energy resources.

Among the important joint energy projects of Azerbaijan and Turkey is TANAP, which has no alternative today.

TANAP differs from other energy projects in that it is already being implemented.

Ankara is important for the West in terms of establishing peace. Turkey successfully blocks the penetration of terrorist threats across its borders. If a civil war or a coup takes place in Turkey, it is obvious that first of all, the forces which threaten the whole world with global terrorism will take the advantage of this.

There have been deplorable examples of coups in the Middle Eastern countries, after which radical forces or too weak politicians came to power and failed to cope with chaos in the country for several years.

Due to the instability during the "Arab Spring" the world faced dire consequences of heyday of the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group, which has entrenched itself on the border with Turkey.

Moreover, a coup in Turkey would be a blow to NATO military unit in Europe. Beyond the consideration of the nuclear weapon, Turkish army is the second among the NATO member states’ armies.

Stability in Turkey is very important in terms of ensuring Europe’s energy security.


Elmira Tariverdiyeva is the head of Trend Agency's Russian news service