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Turkey's 'Turkic world' ambitions face reality check in Kazakhstan

Russia shows who has the muscle in Central Asia

Collective Security Treaty Organization peacekeepers guard an area in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Jan. 11. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

ISTANBUL -- Turkey's aspirations to lead the greater Turkic world and become a Eurasian heavyweight has met a "reality check," analysts said, as violence erupted in the ex-Soviet, Turkic nation of Kazakhstan last week.

When the oil, gas and uranium rich country needed security assistance to maintain order, it was the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) that it turned to.

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