by Con Coughlin
- Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan, which could prove to be decisive in the conflict, stems from Mr Erdogan’s determination to recreate the glory of the Ottoman Empire, when Turkey formed the epicentre of the Muslim world.
- The latest outbreak of violence — the most serious to affect the region since the early 1990s — began at the end of last month, after Azerbaijan was accused of launching a full-scale assault against Armenian positions in the mountainous enclave, prompting a full-scale mobilisation of Armenian forces.
- Even so, Mr Erdogan’s intervention in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute puts him at odds with another major power with aspirations to increase its influence in the region, namely Russia.
|As the bitter fighting intensifies between Christian Armenia and Muslim Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, it has emerged that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is supplying the Azeris with weapons and mercenaries in their campaign to reclaim control of the enclave. Pictured: A part of the city of Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh, damaged by artillery shelling, on October 8, 2020. (Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images)|
The emergence of Turkey as a key player in the latest eruption of violence in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh needs to be seen within the context of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition of recreating the Ottoman Empire. Gatestone Institute read more