Tag: Caspian Sea
One can only imagine the outcome if the US had been one of the Caspian Sea claimants. Other nations would have been bullied, browbeaten and dispossessed of their natural rights by American “gunboat diplomacy”.
For Azerbaijan its relationships with its neighbors are about to undergo a sea change, which should see meat put on the bones of this weekend’s agreement about oil and gas rights.
With economic and security interests uniting the five littoral states, the signing of the convention may serve as a starting point for emergence of a new international forum.
Azerbaijan, as a Caspian nation, maintains deep ethnic and linguistic links with Turkey. Yet Baku prizes secularism in an Ataturk vein – which sets it at odds with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-tinged neo-Ottomanism.