Fred333 wrote:So how long does a state need to exist, or a certain population need to be present somewhere, for it to be considered legitimate?
Turks were in Anatolia for example since 12th/13th century, don't forget Mamluks in Egypt.
Many "Turks" now are actually descendants of Greeks/Kurds/Arabs that mixed with Central Asians, etc. But they identify as Turk, so are they legitimately there or not?
Arabs/Berbers in Spain since 7th until expelled in 15th, yet this is still called reconquista although they were there arguably for longer in most of Iberia than the germanic tribes that settled there around the fall of the Roman Empire.
Where do you draw the line?
It has nothing to do with how long. It has to do with being able to protect them, otherwise the whole Azeri Charade was a moot point given Armenians have been in the Area for way longer than anything Turkic.
The issue is that Turkey which per se is a very young state and who owes its very current existence to foreign powers being too dumb to see the danger of a sole power owning both sides of the Bosphorus.
It was just to show the hilarousness of the Turkish claim regarding their existence.