Ankara, Turkey – Former Chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug, in his statement evaluating the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Karabakh, said that his biggest dream is for Turkey and Azerbaijan to be the only state.
Former chief of General Staff Ilker Basbug said that his biggest dream is the unification of Turkey and Azerbaijan.Basbug, who also evaluated the developments in Turkey’s foreign policy, said: “it cannot be natural for Turkey to unconditionally side with Azerbaijan in this war.”
Turkey-Azerbaijan relations beyond neighbourliness
Basbug said of Azerbaijan’s Karabakh operation: “the relationship between Turkey and Azerbaijan is a relationship between two fraternal states beyond its neighbors. In this war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Turkey should, of course, unconditionally side with Azerbaijan. As it should be remembered, on April 13, 1991, clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan began in Karabakh. Armenia invaded all of Karabakh in 1992 with the support of the Russians. The occupied territory of Azerbaijan is almost one-fifth of the territory of Azerbaijan.
“My biggest dream is that Turkey and Azerbaijan are the only states”
“Russia is the most powerful state that will affect the outcome of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict. Real politics / realism shows this to us. Therefore, Turkey must also take into account the situation and influence of Russia in this problem. Personally, I am one of those who thinks that real politics/realism should be based on foreign policy. There’s only one situation where I’ve gone beyond that thought. At a conference I gave at Erzurum Atatürk University on April 14, 2016, I said that I have a dream. “My biggest dream is that Turkey and Azerbaijan are the only states,” I said. But does real politics / realism allow it? I don’t think. However, it is a good thing to have big dreams despite everything.”