Turkey feels betrayed by some European Union leaders who have called for the end of accession talks but still hopes eventually to join the bloc, Turkish EU Minister Ömer Çelik has said.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have concluded months-long discussions after agreeing to set up de-escalation zones in four different regions of Syria
Russia’s Rosatom expects to sell a 49 percent stake in its Turkish nuclear project to a consortium of Turkish companies by the end of the year, and aims to start construction of the Akkuyu plant by the end of March, a company executive said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants to supply Ukraine with “defensive weapons” to combat the Russian-supported separatists occupying parts of eastern Ukraine.
Russia began on Sept. 14 major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union’s eastern flank - a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members.
The U.S. government banned the use of Kaspersky security software in federal offices on Sept. 13, saying the Russian company has risky ties to Russian intelligence that threaten U.S. national security.
Commenting on Turkey’s planned missile purchase from Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has reportedly said that it is “up to each member state” of the alliance to make its own decisions on the purchase of weapons.
Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport saw the highest increase in passenger numbers in July out of all five major European airports, the European airport trade body announced on Sept. 13.
British oil giant BP and energy-rich Azerbaijan on Sept. 14 prolonged their sharing deal for the Caucasus nation’s largest oilfields until 2050.
Idlib, a northern Syrian town under the control of various rebel groups, should also be declared a de-conflict zone, a Turkish presidential spokesman has said, just a day before the Syrian regime and opposition groups as well as Turkey, Russia and Iran are set to come together in the Kazakh capital Astana to discuss continued ceasefire across Syria.
These are unexpectedly good times for the European Union. More than a year after Britons voted to withdraw from the organization, the euro has hit eight-year highs against the pound, eurozone economies have recorded improved growth and voters have rejected far-right populists in France and Holland.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sept. 11 that his government has put all major arms exports to Turkey on hold due to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and the escalating tension between the two NATO allies. Chancellor Angela Merkel later said this does not mean a total ban on exports.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sept. 13 that Turkey is distancing itself from the European Union and will not become a member of the bloc in the “foreseeable future.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized the reaction from Turkey’s NATO allies over Ankara’s recent decision to purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia, vowing to continue to take “all necessary measures” regarding national security.
Diplomats, army and intelligence officials from Turkey, Russia and Iran came together in Kazakhstan’s capital a day before of the sixth round of Astana Process talks
Turkey and the United Kingdom will continue to “give direction” to politics in Europe, Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik said on Sept. 13.
Iran signed deals with Damascus on Sept. 12 to repair Syria’s power grid, state media said; a potentially lucrative move for Tehran that points to a deepening economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict.
Category: SELİN NASİ
News reports emerged last week that Israel had struck Syrian positions in Hama; it is already well-known that Israel has been periodically hitting alleged Hezbollah arms shipments to Lebanon since the start of the Syrian war.
Category: ÜNAL ÇEVİKÖZ
The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was signed in Paris on Nov. 19, 1990.
On his way back from Kazakhstan on Sept. 10, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters on board his plane that his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a good opportunity to cover all the issues between them.
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