".......The talks between Erdogan and Putin around 1st-2nd of January which were described as agreeing to 'reboot ties' do suggest that some deals were made over Central Asia.Also the Turkish FM and Lavrov talks about the events in Kazakhstan, on which there was no disagreement.Nazarbayev has accumulated a National Fund that's equivalent in size to about 2/5ths of Kazakhstan's economyQuite possible that Tokayev will release some of that money to Erdogan to help him out with his self-inflicted inflation problems, if it turns out that the Turks did indeed provide some helpful intelligence or gave up their assets in advance......"
well if the Turkish intelligence was not involved , then it makes sense to have good relations . Turkey , same as all other countries has legitimate interests in the region . But if they were involved , then helping them ( the security state in Turkey ) is rewarding bad behaviour . Same as any outside player , who may have had a part in this . If as you say , Kazakhstan has reserves , then surely it is more important now to spend on reconstruction and development inside own country .
Good to see Russia say , they will withdraw forces once mission complete . It seems to me that the Russians brought a sledge hammer to crack a very small nut . Even if it is said that , this was an international nut . The lessons for me on advantages of such operation were ; critical infrastructure protected by rapid reaction against foreign insurgents attacks . The disadvantage was ; getting drawn into domestic politics by mission creep .
So in the future , greater guidelines and practical measures for CSTO to demarcate own forces from local forces . And deployment of smaller and less visible units to counter foreign insurgents .
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