Last week in Baku, an important opening took place in the Iron Silk Road project from Beijing to London. From China to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria and other European countries through the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway projects ranging from London leg was taken into service. The train departed from Azerbaijan with the participation of Heads of States and Prime Ministers of the countries where the route took place, and the 4 reached Mersin Port in November.
Relationships between States
It would be a mistake to look at this project just as a business relationship. The 10-12 has a network that connects the country as well as the strategic security of the countries where the line passes. If you have business relations with a country, both states try to protect and protect each other in order to avoid damage.
Protecting the borders of a country is not ensured by building walls on these borders, installing security cameras, and setting up guard sheds. Security should start from the borders. This is why trade relations with countries also bring about a security relationship.
Turkey will form the backbone of the Iron Silk Road. Now other countries where the safety of not only Turkey Turkey Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Azerbaijan China Georgia also concern Bulgaria and route now. Because of this line, 2 will go down to 15 day by month. If there is a problem in one of the countries where the line passes, there will be difficulties in trade. Even the two-unit delay will cost a lot.
Becoming Turkey's Energy Center
After the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline is in operation. The Tanap project, which will bring the natural gas of Azerbaijan to Europe, is close. Similarly, the construction of the Turkish current project from Russia continues. Turkey is seen as the most economical route for the transmission of natural gas to Europe, which will be in the eastern Mediterranean. Hakez likely to pass through this region of Qatari gas to Turkey is transforming into a fountain of energy center. This large projects at the same time also ensures the security of Turkey. It is clear, that all countries gain from this trade will begin instability in Turkey is also closely related.
If you don't have mutual interests, your friendship is not permanent
We have a long border with Syria. We are very close to each other geographically. However, our relations with Syria have always been troubled, except for a few years of close relations. The leader of the PKK, Öcalan 9, remained in Syria for more than a year. Although Assad the Father did not want Ocalan to Turkey many times, "he does not" stall was saying. In fact, the head of the terrorist apartment in Damascus, even though we give the number of the apartment until the number of am we do not have Hatta. Until 1998 in both Turkey and the United States it has now removed the pressure on Ocalan from Syria can not go with him to understand. You can put pressure on your military power to some extent, but there is no pressure from the inside of Syria. Because our economic relationship with Syria was at the level of border trade. Illegic tea and electronic goods such as Ceylon tea came to us by smuggling. The trade was so low that even though we had so many water companies, even bottled water sold in Syria came from France.
I would say that; There is no eternal friendship or eternal enmity between the states. Instead, it has interest. Cross-country commercial dependence also brings strategic security.
Marmaray, Eurasia Tunnel, 3. Airport, 3. The major projects such as the bridge, Çanakkale 18 Mart bridge and Kanal Istanbul should be evaluated in this respect.
Source: Ibrahim Keles - I www.buyuksivas.co