A recent trilateral meeting between Türkiye, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan has shown that Ankara can play a critical role in connecting gas-rich Turkic Central Asia with the West.
Recent border clashes killed nearly 100 people from the two neighbouring Central Asian states, signalling their friction could destabilise the entire region.
Under Western pressure, the two states are aligning with each other at a level unseen for decades.
US presence in Central Asia will likely deplete further after the Afghanistan withdrawal with Russia and China waiting to sweep up the remains.
The Chinese One Belt One Road initiative is running through a chunk of Russia's sphere of influence in Central Asia. It will inevitably pit Russia and China against each other.
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