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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
While Turkey has been locked on the genocide debate on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Massacres, the victims of ASALA are totally forgotten.
“Prime Minister Erdoğan’s statement of condolence to the Armenians was a milestone in Turkey’s history.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Iran this week carried meanings and created results beyond Turkey-Iran relations. In Tehran, Ankara gave clues about its new, emerging regional policy.
We are surrounded by false rumors about the operation in Yemen.
First of all, Iran’s role in Yemen is being exaggerated. Second, it is speculated that the United States is taking on Iran through this operation.
The Yemen crisis has brought along various contradictions which are more than difficult to grasp and muddle through.
Last week, Turkey had a strong presence in Japan. A wide delegation under the leadership of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) attended the U.N. world conference on “Disaster Risk Reduction.”
“We want to leave this episode behind us. Turkey is a very important country. We want friendly relations. But the ball is now in Turkey’s court.”
The current scene in Russia is quite chaotic and hectic. On the one hand, Moscow is dealing with the Ukraine crisis. On the other hand, it is shaken with the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of Russia’s prominent opposition leaders.
Last week, the news fell like a bombshell. Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz declared at the Turkish parliament that Turkey’s new defense missile system, to be purchased most probably from China, would not be integrated with NATO’s system. This kicked off a hot discussion on whether Turkey is changing its strategic affiliation and might ultimately withdraw from NATO
Turkey has replaced Ukraine since Russia declared the suspension of the long-planned South Stream project in early December 2014. In other words: Russia is going to build a new pipeline via Turkey, called the “Turkish Stream,” which will transport Russian gas to Europe via Turkey instead of Ukraine
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