From an article printed by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency which includes statements by assorted analysts. It’s worth noting that whereas Chinese leaders have expressed support to their Kazakh counterparts, there’s no evidence China supports the CSTO deployment; neither has it initiated or backed even a symbolic complementary contribution by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, of which it, Russia and Kazakhstan are founding members.

The comments by Nazim Jafarsoy below are not to be taken at face value. But they are significant in that they provide an insight into the Central Asian strategy of the ever-expanding Organization of Turkic States (of which Kazakhstan is a member) and Ankara-directed pan-Turkic and neo-Ottoman expansionism from North Africa as far west as the Atlantic Ocean to the Chinese border in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and eventually beyond to China’s Xinjiang province: to pit Russia against China, and exploit the division to Turkey’s geopolitical advantage.


Role of Organization of Turkic States

Russia stands to gain the most from the situation in Kazakhstan, both through its own initiatives and that of the CSTO, according to Nazim Jafarsoy, deputy head of the Caucasian Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (QAFSAM).

The recent events have greatly impacted Kazakhstan’s economy, which may well lead to the country’s economic relations being reshaped, he explained.

“Economically, Russia and China will be in competition in Kazakhstan, but Russia alone cannot counter China,” he said.

“I believe Turkiye will play a role here by developing cooperation with Russia, especially in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.”

The Organization of Turkic States “may also come into play as part of the process of cooperation between Turkiye and Russia,” Jafarsoy added.

“The Kazakhstan crisis has shown that there is a need to strengthen the institutional structure of the Organization of Turkic States,” he said.

“The organization must have mechanisms and a political and security structure that enables it to intervene urgently in times of such crises.”