Tag Archives: Turkey

Erdogan: Turkey will open embassy to Palestine in east Jerusalem

Source: The Hill

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his nation plans to open an embassy in east Jerusalem, a move that follows the United States’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. … Erdogan’s statement comes after he and other Muslim world leaders during a summit in Istanbul last week slammed the United States’s announcement about Jerusalem. Erdogan at the summit reportedly called on countries to officially accept that Jerusalem is ‘the occupied capital of Palestine.’ President Trump earlier this month said the United States would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, bucking years of precedent by the international community.” (12/17/17)


Erdogan: Turkish, Russian officials to meet on S-400 missile deal

Source: Reuters

“Turkish and Russian officials will meet to finalize Turkey’s S-400 surface-to-air missile systems deal in the coming week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey has been negotiating with Russia to buy the system for more than a year. Washington and some of its NATO allies see the decision as a snub because the weapons cannot be integrated into the alliance’s defenses. Turkey expects to receive its first such system in 2019, defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said in November adding that the deal includes two S-400 systems while one was optional.” (12/12/17)


EU cuts Turkey funding after “democratic deterioration”

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The European Union will cut funds allocated to Turkey due to the ‘deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights’ there, according to a European Parliament (EP) statement. The bloc will shrink the so-called ‘pre-ascension funds’ for Turkey by 105m euros ($124m) and suspend an additional 70m euros in the 2018 budget, the statement said on Saturday. Ankara is entitled to receive 4.45 billion euros from the EU between 2014 and 2020 in the framework of the bloc’s ‘Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.’ … Many of the EU member states have been in condemnation of the Turkish government’s arrests and purges of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Local and international rights groups have accused the government of using the coup attempt as a pretext to silence opposition in the country.” (11/19/17)


Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The event on Wednesday will be preceded by a meeting on Sunday in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya between the three countries’ foreign ministers. It comes days after Russia vetoed a US-initiated draft United Nations Security Council resolution on extending the mandate of the UN’s mission for investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the Japan-initiated draft on a provisional extension of the mission’s mandate. US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Moscow of dealing a ‘deep blow’ to international efforts to deter chemical attacks, saying it bodes ill for Russia’s future role in Syrian peace efforts.” (11/19/17)


Turkey: Markets tumble as Erdogan’s spat with US escalates

Source: Bloomberg

“Markets in Istanbul tumbled after the U.S. and Turkey stopped issuing visas for each other’s citizens in a spat related to last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, deepening divisions between two NATO members already at odds over the war in Syria. The Trump administration halted visa services for Turks on Sunday, citing the Oct. 4 arrest of a Turkish citizen employed at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul for alleged involvement in the failed July 2016 putsch. Erdogan’s government responded in kind within hours, repeating verbatim much of the U.S. statement.” (10/09/17)


Syria: Rebels enter Idlib as Turks gear up for “risky” mission

Source: Yahoo! News

“Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a ‘serious operation’ in the country’s Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria. … On Saturday, Free Syrian Army rebels, riding on the back of trucks with automatic weapons, crossed into Idlib via Turkey as troops received orders about where they will be deployed in Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported. Erdogan said Turkish troops haven’t yet crossed the border and the operation was carried out by the FSA rebels.” (10/08/17)


Turkey: 40 sentenced to life for trying to kill Erdogan

Source: ABC News

“A court in southwestern Turkey sentenced 40 suspects to life in prison Wednesday, convicting them of charges that include attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last year’s failed coup, Turkish state television TRT reported. A total of 46 suspects — 37 of them former military personnel — have been on trial since February in the city of Mugla accused of attempted assassination, violation of the constitution and other crimes against the state during the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The defendants were accused of using helicopters to attack the hotel in the resort of Marmaris where Erdogan and his family members were staying, killing two policemen. Erdogan had left the hotel shortly before it was attacked.” (10/04/17)


Turkey: Erdogan claims Trump apologized to him for indictments of Erdogan’s thugs

Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed US President Donald Trump called him to apologise for the indictment of 15 Turkish security officials in Washington earlier this year. In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS, Erdogan said Trump had called him a week ago to apologise and ensured to follow up on the incident. … The Turkish leader’s statement, however, was denied by a White House official who told the Guardian that the two leaders ‘discussed a wide range of issues but there was no apology.’ Earlier this month, a US grand jury indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl described by Washington’s police chief as a brutal attack on peaceful demonstrations outside the Turkish ambassador’s resident in Washington in May.” (09/20/17)


Turkey: Opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Tens of thousands of Turks came out in force in an Istanbul suburb Sunday in a direct challenge to their president as they called for an end to a state of emergency that has been in place since a failed coup in July 2016. The mammoth protest — organized by the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP — was a rare display of public dissent in a country where tens of thousands have been jailed as part of a systematic post-coup purge of dissidents and other government opponents. Even small demonstrations in central Istanbul have often been met with a harsh police response. But Sunday’s rally, which organizers claimed drew more than a million people, marked a triumphant end to a march started by opposition leaders in Ankara three weeks ago.” (07/10/17)


Turkey: Erdogan vows to fight US arrest warrants for his entourage of thugs

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will fight US arrest warrants for his security team over a brawl last month in Washington. He said he would politically challenge a dozen arrest warrants issued by local police, CNN Turk quoted him as saying. Violence erupted between protesters and the president’s security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence during Mr Erdogan’s visit. … Eleven people were hurt in the fracas, nine of whom needed hospital treatment. The US complained to Turkey about the incident and confirmed that Turkish security guards were involved. However, the Turkish Embassy said protesters had provoked Turkish-Americans who were there to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.” (06/15/17)