Hours after the start of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the colors of blue, red and green – which symbolize the flag of Azerbaijan – aroused the attention of the people of Ankara, and the Atakuli Tower, the symbol of the Turkish capital, was illuminated, indicating the kinship, solidarity and brotherhood that unites the Azerbaijani and Turkish peoples.
The screens at the top of the tower displayed the phrase “One nation in two countries, with love for Azerbaijan the soul” at a time when the flags of the two countries rippled in the giant curved light screens on the front of the shopping center of the tower.
Since the start of the war, the hashtag (Azerbaycan) has been on the top of the Turkish trend on Twitter, after hundreds of thousands of Turks on social media expressed their support for Azerbaijan.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, “The Turkish people, with all their capabilities, stand by their Azerbaijani brother, as they have always done.”
Earlier, 4 major parliamentary blocs in the Turkish parliament, namely the “Justice and Development”, “Republican People”, “Nationalist Movement” and “Good” parties, issued a joint statement condemning “Armenia’s continuous aggression on the lands of Azerbaijan.”
The party consensus is a natural reflection of the state of popular consensus in Turkey on the need to stand by Azerbaijan, even if this entails entering into a direct military confrontation and possibly a large-scale war with Armenia.
This scene reflects the state of internal consensus, in contrast to the existing divisions among the Turkish people over the priority of Turkish military intervention in Syria, Libya and other regions.
The Turks and Azeris roamed the streets around Bayezid Square in Istanbul, waving Azerbaijani and Turkish flags, in addition to pictures of the dead from the Azerbaijani army who had fallen in the ongoing battles, chanting the famous Turkish slogan “Martyrs do not die and the country will not perish.”
Feelings of love and loyalty
In a poll conducted by Al-Jazeera Net of the opinions of a sample of the Turkish people about their keeping pace with the ongoing war on the Karabakh front, Turtal Teken says, “We have close ties of kinship and friendship with Azerbaijan, and today we are experiencing the sadness and anger of Azerbaijanis over the occupied part of their country in the Nagorno Karabakh region.”
On the other hand, Tekin points out that the Turks have brothers, sisters and friends who are Armenians as well, and the Armenian population in Turkey is an integral part of Turkish society. There is no slightest link between the anger at the Armenian government’s policies and our feelings towards our Armenian citizens.
As for Ozar Yilmaz, he states that the Turkish people are associated with feelings of love and loyalty to the government and people of Azerbaijan. He states that his heart and the hearts of all the Turkish people look forward to the day when the entire Azerbaijani soil will be liberated. “We are waiting for the signal from our government to volunteer with our Azerbaijani brothers in their just struggle,” he said.
He explained that the Armenian attacks left deep wounds in the hearts of the Azerbaijani people, “Therefore, today we see that the Azerbaijanis and the Turks are in the heart of one man to liberate the entire Azerbaijani soil from the occupation.”
For his part, journalist Ismail Yasha confirms that he and the Turkish people are following with great enthusiasm the liberation battle that Azerbaijan is waging today, especially as it has all the legal, humanitarian and moral reasons to continue the war until the liberation of the last inch of its occupied lands.
Yasha says, “There are fears that Turkey will be preoccupied with the Karabakh crisis, exhausting it, and having to move away from the eastern Mediterranean, but these fears are not valid, because Turkey is currently not on the battlefield in Karabakh, and it is not needed, in light of the superiority of the Azerbaijani army over the Armenians.” Militarily and logistically. “
And he stresses that Turkey today is much stronger than Turkey of the 1990s, and is able to compete on more than one front without diminishing its interest in one of those fronts, and even strengthening its regional influence with every new file that the illusionists think will distract it from the rest of the files.
The Turkish Red Crescent provided first aid bags to the Azerbaijanis, on the front lines with Armenia.
The Turkish Red Crescent Coordination Office in the capital, Baku, said in a statement that it had provided 500 aid kits to the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society. He added that the Azeris will use the ambulance bags to treat the wounded as a result of the Armenian bombing on the front lines in the cities of Tatar, Aghdam, Faduli, Dashksen, Naftalan and Goranboy.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency “TIKA” also provided thousands of food baskets to the residents living in the clash areas.
Usually, Ankara receives the wounded Azeris who were injured in clashes with the Armenian forces continuously. The Turkish official media use the expression “martyr” when talking about the Armenian fatalities of Azerbaijani forces.
Turkey and Azerbaijan have a high-level strategic cooperation council that reflects the depth and size of relations at all levels, including the military and the economy.
The roots of Turkish solidarity
The roots of Turkish solidarity with Azerbaijan in the face of Armenia and Russia go back to 1918, when the Ottoman Sultan ordered to send an army under the leadership of Nuri Pasha under the name “Islamic Caucasus Army” to confront the Bolsheviks and liberate the current Azerbaijani capital Baku, a battle in which the Turkish president participated in the celebration of the century since its outbreak. Erdogan, on his visit to Azerbaijan, immediately after his election as president in 2018.
Turkey is the first in the world to recognize Azerbaijan as an independent state, in November 1991 after its secession from the Soviet Union, and from then until 2010 only, the two countries signed more than 11 various cooperation agreements, in culture, investment and military relations, and by 2019 the two countries entered Round trip possible without visa requirement.
Azerbaijani is considered one of the closest languages to Turkish, and the Azerbaijani people belong to the ethnic Turkish race, and the two peoples share Islam in faith and even in the jurisprudential aspects, and from independence until 2018, more than 125 thousand young people from Azerbaijan have learned in Turkey’s schools and universities.
For Turkey, Azerbaijan is an important part in a number of small and large alliances that bind together the bonds of cultural geography, such as the Turkish Council, which was established in 2009 to include a number of Turkish-speaking countries such as Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, and the tripartite alliance in Northeast Anatolia that includes Azerbaijan and Georgia in addition to Turkey, and the hexagonal alliance that includes, along with the former trio of Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.