The Turkic Council was set up in 2009 with Turkey as its prime mover, five years after the nation hosted the NATO summit in Istanbul that recorded the largest-ever expansion of the military bloc.
The conflict in Afghanistan has lasted too long. The US has tried and failed. It’s time for it to leave and let others solve this urgent international problem.
Baku sees the advantage in preserving as much wiggle room as it can, and this policy is quite understandable.
The fact that the CSTO finds it expedient to introduce changes to its structure confirms the trend to expansion which comes along with growing clout.