Russia said late on Dec. 7 it sold a stake in oil giant Rosneft for 10.5 billion euros ($11.3 billion) to Qatar and commodities trader Glencore, confounding expectations that the Kremlin’s standoff with the West would scare off major investors
Russia’s Gazprom said on Dec. 8 it had signed a contract with Switzerland’s Allseas Group S.A. to build the first stage of the Turkish Stream pipeline, as reported by Reuters
A Turkish-EU deal on migrants is yielding positive results, the European Commission said on Dec. 8, but no progress was made on the issue of visa-free travel for Turks even though the process has been unblocked for Ukrainians and Georgians
Work on the underwater section of the Turkish Stream pipeline will get underway in the second half of next year, Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom, told journalists on Dec. 6, Reuters reported
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Western allies to maintain diplomatic pressure and sanctions on Russia until it respects the peace agreement in Ukraine.
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has gathered intelligence via imams from 38 countries on the activities of suspected followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, widely believed to be the mastermind of the failed July 15 coup attempt.
Wintry conditions and already-eliminated opposition will be all that stand between Beşiktaş and a date with destiny in a maiden trip to the knockout round of the Champions League when the Black Eagles head to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kyiv on Dec. 6
A rising Fenerbahçe, which has won its last eight games, will host historic rival Beşiktaş on Dec. 3 looking to maintain an 11-year undefeated record in derby games.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a working visit to the southern province of Antalya’s Alanya district on Dec. 1 in his first visit after the normalization of Russian-Turkish ties following a crisis after a Russian warplane was shot down on Nov. 24, 2015, for allegedly violating Turkish airspace.
A meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany intended to shore up a shaky peace process in eastern Ukraine ended Nov. 29 without any visible progress.
Spor Toto Super League leader Medipol Başakşehir refused to allow Beşiktaş to overtake it atop the table in an exciting draw between the top flight’s last two unbeaten teams during a Nov. 26 match at Beşiktaş’s Vodafone Arena.
A Turkish delegation’s recent visit to Crimea was “unofficial,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Nov. 25.
Istanbul’s Medipol Başakşehir, which has surprisingly accumulated the best record of any Turkish Super League in the first 11 weeks over the last 13 years, will take on its closest rival, Beşiktaş, on Nov. 26 with an eye to putting more distance between themselves and the chasing pack
Turkey’s Fenerbahçe can advance to the round of 32 in the UEFA Europa League with a game to spare with the right combination of results on matchday five when it welcomes Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk, while Osmanlıspor can also make it to the next round if it beats Romania’s Steaua București away
Odeabank, the subsidiary of Bank Audi in Turkey, and airliner Atlasglobal have jointly launched a new credit card, and target the issuing of 500,000 new credit cards.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hailed Turkish democracy and the nation on Nov. 21 following an attempted coup over the summer while noting the importance of the rule of law
Parliamentarians from NATO nations on Nov. 19 reviewed possible responses to terrorism threats, as well as Moscow’s challenge to the Alliance, at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session in Istanbul
European Union member states on Nov. 17 approved visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens, long sought by Kiev to help cement ties as it combats pro-Russian rebels in the east. Visa-free travel was part of an EU-Ukraine partnership accord signed in 2014 as the country, a Soviet-era satellite, angered Moscow by casting its lot with the West.
U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders pledged Nov. 18 to maintain NATO cooperation, and vowed to keep up sanctions against Russia, in their first meeting since the shock election of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president sparked fears of drastic policy shifts
Terrorism, deterrence and the future of transatlantic relations will top the agenda of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly talks in Turkey next week, the North Atlantic Alliance said in a statement on Nov. 17.
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