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Transportation

All-Turkic corridor heralds rise of new Eurasian political bloc

Turkey-led group has potential to disrupt Russia-China power balance

A train leaves Kars train station on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway connecting Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Turkey looks to access Azerbaijan through a shorter route that cuts across Armenia. (Anadolu Agency)

ISTANBUL -- When the leaders of six Turkic states convened in Istanbul last week for a summit of the Turkic Council, they were adamant to seize the golden opportunity in front of them.

Azerbaijan's decisive victory in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war had created a new reality on the ground. Through a transit corridor awarded to Azerbaijan as part of the ceasefire settlement, regional powerhouse Turkey would potentially regain direct access to its fellow Turkic states in Central Asia.

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