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Turkey: Relations with Turkmenistan: Energy and Trade

Like Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan has strong kinship ties to Turkey, both in terms of ethnicity and language. The idea of uniting all the Turkic-speaking peoples of Asia under a single political banner has been an important strand of Turkish foreign policy since the final days of the Ottoman Empire. Pan-Turkism is still a very popular doctrine among Turkish nationalists, who are a growing power base within President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle and favor greater political ties with the Central Asian Turkic Republics, including Turkmenistan. This historical logic is the primary political lens through which Turkey looks at Turkmenistan today.

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