Why Erdogan's flexing muscle in Karabakh

The deepening conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces has resulted in a regional power - Turkey - throwing its weight against both Russia and its own NATO allies.
And its President Tayyip Erdogan has described it as part of a search for Turkey's "deserved place in the world order".
Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in the fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Turkey-made drones are now leading Azerbaijani strikes, and a senior official in Ankara said Turkey is providing infrastructure and support for the weapons even though it has no troops on the ground.
Hundreds of dead, heavy artillery, tanks and planes. It's the worst fight in decades.
Erdogan sees an opportunity to change the status quo rather than following decades of mediation efforts by the US, France and Russia that he says have failed.
And to strengthen support at home by flexing muscles abroad.
Ankara's reliance on gas imports from Azerbaijan is another incentive.
The Nagorno-Karabakh enclave belongs to Azerbaijan, but is ruled and populated by ethnic Armenians.
Cross-border campaigns like Turkey's in northern Syria, Iraq and Libya are Erdogan's priority, another Turkish official said, and encourage support for his party.
Turkey, however, denies the French and Syrian presidents' allegations that they sent Syrian jihadists they support to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh.
And Russian allegations send mercenaries.
Although Turkey's stance poses an implicit threat to Armenia and its ally Moscow, Erdogan is also counting on Turkey and Russia, despite their differences, to get along well enough to prevent a major conflict in the region.
Video transcript
- In the deepening conflicts between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces, a regional power, Turkey, has thrown its weight against both Russia and its own NATO allies, and its President Tayyip Erdogan has it as part of a search for the "deserved place "Turkey described in the world order. "
Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in the fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Turkey-made drones are now leading Azerbaijani attacks, and a senior official in Ankara said Turkey is providing infrastructure and support for the weapons even though it has no troops on the ground. Hundreds of dead, heavy artillery, tanks and planes - it's the worst fight in decades.
Edogan sees an opportunity to change the status quo rather than following the decade-long mediation efforts of the US, France and Russia, which he believes have failed, and bolstering domestic support by building muscle abroad. Ankara's reliance on gas imports from Azerbaijan is another incentive.
The Nagorno-Karabakh enclave belongs to Azerbaijan, but is ruled and populated by ethnic Armenians. Cross-border campaigns such as those carried out by Turkey in northern Syria, Iraq and Libya are Erdogan's priority, another Turkish official said, and encourage support for his party. Turkey, however, denies the French and Syrian presidents' allegations of sending Syrian jihadists to help fight in Nagorno-Karabakh and the Russian allegations of sending mercenaries.
Although Turkey's stance poses an implicit threat to Armenia and its ally Moscow, Erdogan is also counting on Turkey and Russia, despite their differences, to get along well enough to prevent a major conflict in the region.

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