Turkey entitled to enhance the idea of Turkic world: Peskov
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov attends a video conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a situation center in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2020. (Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Turkey entitled to enhance the idea of Turkic world: Peskov

It is normal for Turkey to make progress on the idea of a Turkic world, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in response to a map given by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairperson Devlet Bahçeli to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Peskov was commenting in response to the map given by the MHP leader on Nov. 17, shortly after the Turkic Council renamed itself as the Organization of Turkic States.

“Our Turkish partners are developing the idea of a Turkic world. This is only normal,” Peskov said.

Peskov, a Turkologist, said the map had a mistake as he claimed Turkey was not the center of the Turkic world and that the Altai region, which is a sacred location for all Turks, located within Russian borders, is the center of the Turkic world.

The map showed southern parts of Russia, Eastern Siberia, the Balkans, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China, Mongolia and some parts of Iran as the Turkic world.

The 8th Turkic Council summit was held in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov. 12, 2021.

The council was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organization with an overarching aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation among Turkic-speaking states.

It consists of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan as member countries and Hungary as an observer state.

This article originally appeared in DAILY SABAH on 22 Nov 2021.