Erdogan is the last person I would've expected to cite Ismail Gaspirali considering that his ideals are basically the polar opposite of everything that Erdogan supports.RTE: "We will work harder to transform our relations with Azerbaijan into an institutionalized economic and political integration model. We will launch new projects that will strengthen our ties with the Turkic world with the goal of 'unity in language, ideas and work', which was outlined by the late Ismail Gaspirali about 1.5 centuries ago."
It is important and noteworthy that these words belong to the institution of the presidency. And, these words should be evaluated together with the following: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/world/turkic-council-eyes-forming-united-states-of-turkic-world/2192579
I have written a lot under this heading, my dear friends have underlined very important strategic issues and developments. I am not going to repeat all this, but it is quite clear what the deepening integration step by step, the unity of language/alphabet, culture and history, combined with security, economic and political integration, means and where it is pushing us regarding the common destiny of states. Full EU-like economic integration and even a common currency are goals that are no longer far away. A union of states that is self-sufficient in energy, raw materials, intermediate products and production functions is not a utopian goal.
But at the core, we seem to be on the verge of bigger developments. More precisely, the main element that will form the core of this union and create its gravitational pull seems to be much closer. In the next 20 years, a 100 million tripartite federation of Azerbaijan, the Turkish Republic of Cyprus and Turkiye is no longer a dream. After cultural integration, security integration has been realized to a great extent. Now, political and economic integration will be the next stage of Azerbaijan-Turkiye integration.