Why is Turkey the target in energy? - ERDAL TANAS KARAGÖL

Why is Turkey the target in energy?

Energy is one of the main reasons why the region where Turkey is located cannot stay stable.

Isn't the main motive of the terrorist acts in Ankara to destabilize Turkey economically and politically, to retire it into its shell and prevent it from coming to the world agenda with energy projects?

The geographic advantage Turkey has in the energy transmission route is not the only reason the global powers that keep the cornerstones of energy are disturbed about Turkey.

Their real fear is Turkey's beginning to use the geopolitical power it has, which it could not use for years. The best and most concrete example of that is the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP).

Turkey has attracted lightning with such a big project as TANAP, which it started with its political stability and economic power.

TANAP, with the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey, will transport the natural gas that will be drilled in the Shah Deniz Stage 2 in Azerbaijan via Turkey to Europe.

The most prominent characteristic of TANAP is both Turkey's having a say in the transfer of the natural gas with a 30-percent share through BOTAŞ in the TANAP pipeline, and the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) having a 19-percent share of partnership in the Shah Deniz Project resources.

The meaning of this is clear. Instead of the global powers, which have no natural gas and oil reserves and pass through the region where we live at their own will, new actors like Turkey and Azerbaijan sit around the energy table.

Meanwhile, Turkey does not want to be a transit country, where the pipeline only passes through. Besides being a transit country, it has a goal to settle in the center of energy.

As you may remember, the main problem in the Turkish Stream project was Russia's insisting that Turkey has no share and remains solely as a transition route, namely a transit country. By refusing such a condition, Turkey changed Russia's perception.

Therefore, for the countries that have been administrating energy for years, particularly in oil and natural gas, even if they did not have any energy resources, this situation means a big loss. It means these actors will be shut out of this energy equation in our region, and this equation will change completely.

That is why the strong brotherhood and historical ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan shaping commercial relations, and especially energy, disturbs some circles.

That is why it is asked: “Isn't it interesting that both of the attacks on February 17 and March were organized before President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Azerbaijan?”

Trying to destabilize Turkey with almost all the meetings, agreements and moves with TANAP cannot be explained with a simple coincidence.


It is seen that, as long as Turkey carries out big energy projects, leads the direction of the natural gas valves toward itself and holds the valve in the middle of the energy supply security line in its hand, global powers will continue these attacks.

Let's remember, in May 2013 when the first oil transportation of Northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) began through Turkey, again the international perception operations were started.

It is obvious that they do not want Turkey to be strong and stable in the region. Particularly in a conjuncture that the oil prices fell, the new actors in natural gas appeared on the stage and for all the energy routes the most secure and cost-effective route is Turkey, Turkey is climbing to a higher rank among the countries that have a say in energy.

In order to prevent progress by using the geopolitical advantage Turkey has, these circles will act without recognizing any ethical or humanitarian rules.

Since they could not realize the uncertainty they sought to establish in the political mechanism, this time they have been targeting the social mechanism.

The response to give these attempts, similar to the Gezi Park events and the December 17 and December 25 operations, is to continue taking determined steps to strengthen Turkey's economy.



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