Turkey’s withdrawal of some NATO cooperation with partner countries is only aimed at Austria, a spokeswoman for Ankara’s mission to the military alliance said on March 16.
U.S. Senator John McCain made headlines last week after claiming during a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting that the United States will see a “train wreck” between Turks and Kurds in northern Syria if it does not recognize the threat that the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)/ People’s Protection Units (YPG) raises against its NATO ally
NATO urged Turkey and Austria on March 15 to settle a dispute over Ankara’s EU membership bid, which has led Turkey to block cooperation with the alliance’s partner countries
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
It goes without saying that every Western diplomatic mission in Turkey must have reviewed security measures around their compounds - not only after intensified threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also after the failed July 15 coup, which saw a rise in anti–Western feelings here.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
At the same time as the European Union’s foreign and security representative, Federica Mogherini, and Expansion Commissioner Johannes Hahn were making a joint statement over the tension between Turkey and the Netherlands on March 13, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik was staging a press conference in Ankara.
Turkey said on March 13 that it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on March 14 slammed the European Union for telling Ankara to “refrain from excessive statements,” saying it was grave for Brussels to stand by the Netherlands’ “violations of human rights and European values.”
Turkey and Ukraine have signed an agreement allowing their citizens to travel to each other’s countries with only an identity card, in a bid to boost tourism.
Turkey has expended great effort to convince the US and Russia to abandon the Syrian Kurdish PYD, but neither country is likely to do so, according to Istanbul-based Professor Mesut Hakkı Caşın, who is also a former soldier
Category: NURAY MERT
I am actually glad that Turkey made up with Russia, since it helps to ease the Syrian tragedy, and because it is a better foreign strategy to seek diplomatic solutions rather than follow the politics of enmity.
Category: ARIANA FERENTINOU
The use of the term “Nazi” by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and several members of the Turkish government against Germany and the Netherlands sparked a hot row between Turkey and two of its NATO allies, although the fire between Ankara and Berlin was eventually partially doused.
Category: FİKRET BİLA
There is no doubt that everyone would prefer resources and technology to be directed toward welfare and the civilian economy rather than the defense industry and war equipment.
The tension between Turkey and European countries over allowing propaganda speeches for the April 16 referendum campaign reached a dangerous peak when the Dutch authorities barred a Turkish minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam on the evening of March 11.
Despite some calls for cooler heads to prevail, tension between the Netherlands and Turkey remains high amid the countries’ worst-ever diplomatic crisis
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on March 13 urged Turkey and its NATO allies to reduce tensions stoked by Ankara’s demands that it be allowed to send government officials to rally Turks living in Germany and The Netherlands.
Defense spending by European NATO states inched up in 2016 compared to the previous year, data by the military alliance showed on March 13, but still remained below a 2 percent target.
Representatives from Turkey’s top business organizations have condemned a Dutch move to prevent Turkish ministers from visiting the country, describing the move as “unacceptable” while calling for diplomacy to end the crisis.
The stand-off between Turkey and the Netherlands is “very regrettable” and should be sorted out “as fast as possible,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on March 12.
The Netherlands has canceled a flight clearance for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on March 11, which caused reaction from Turkey, after Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey would impose “severe sanctions” against the Dutch state.
Security is an area in common in which both Turkey and Israel can benefit following a rapprochement following six years of strained ties, the Turkish envoy to Israel has said
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