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Greece furious over Libya-Turkey deal

Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous. Greek …

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Cyprus goes to The Hague over Turkish gas exploration

Cyprus has petitioned the International Court of Justice at The Hague to safeguard its offshore mineral rights, its president said on Thursday, as neighbor Turkey disputes its claims. The two countries are at loggerheads over offshore maritime zones around the island, where Cyprus has granted licenses to multinational companies for …

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Turkey adament that Syrian civilians be unharmed

All attacks against Syrian civilians, including in the rebel-held area of Idlib, must end, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Turkey agreed on Tuesday ahead of a NATO summit in London. “The leaders said they would work to create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of …

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Turkey opposed to NATO’s Blatic plans

Turkey will oppose NATO’s plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a NATO alliance summit in London. Relations between Turkey and its NATO allies have been strained over a host …

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Turkey GDP growth regains momentum

Turkey’s economy grew 0.9% year-on-year tmsnrt.rs/2P6vV18 in the third quarter, breaking three consecutive quarters of contraction as it shook off a recession which followed last year’s currency crisis. Turkey has a track record of 5% growth, but a 30% slide in the lira last year pushed up inflation and interest …

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Turkey preparing for second S-400 purchase

Turkey’s presidential administration has said that the purchase date for more S-400 missile systems from Russia is just a technicality and that it thinks a deal will happen before too long, the RIA news agency reported on Monday. Moscow hopes to seal a deal to supply Turkey with more S-400 …

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Erdogan accuses Macron of brain death

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a “sick and shallow” understanding, telling the French president “you should check whether you are brain dead”. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the French foreign ministry, which summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Paris …

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Davutoglu to form new party in Turkey

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who was once President Tayyip Erdogan’s closest ally but who broke away from the ruling AK Party in September, will form a new party within weeks, a source close to the matter said on Friday. Davutoglu, 60, served as prime minister between 2014 and …

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Erdogan signs maritime boundary deal with Libya

Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the Turkish government said on Thursday. There were no immediate details on the maritime accord, which could further complicate disputes over energy …

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Russia says, eager to sell more S-400s to Turkey

Russia plans to sign a new contract with Turkey to supply its S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in the first half of 2020, the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, said, according to RIA Novosti news agency. “We hope that in the first half of 2020 we will …

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Turkey not intent on further incursions in Syria

Turkey is fully abiding by the agreements it reached with Russia and the United States regarding northeast Syria and is not resuming its military offensive, a security source said on Monday. Ankara reached separate agreements with Moscow and Washington last month to remove the Kurdish YPG militia from a swathe …

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Erdogan Visits the White House

Erdogan’s Turkey could best be described as America’s worst friend or best enemy.  Even though they are allies by treaty, the US and Turkey have tended to go separate ways over the last few years.  While the US has sanctioned Iran, Turkey has abetted the sanctions.  Although a NATO partner, …

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Turkey says it intends to use Russian S-400s

Turkey bought S-400 missile defense systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after talks between President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump. Erdogan and Trump held talks in Washington on Wednesday to overcome increasing …

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Trump and Erdogan meeting comes to nothing

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to walk away from the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, calling it a “very serious challenge” to bilateral ties, even though he described a meeting between the two leaders as “wonderful.” After the much anticipated meeting at …

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Turkish army in talks to take over British Steel

Turkish army pension fund Oyak said on Monday that its subsidiary Ataer Holding had ended talks to buy British Steel after deciding the acquisition was not commercially viable. Turkey’s military pension fund OYAK had reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel. But the deal was in jeopardy as …

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Erdogan and Putin hold talks on Syria’s fate

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey’s presidency said. Turkey launched its cross-border offensive one month ago, saying it aimed to drive Kurdish-led forces from the border region and create a “safe zone” to settle Syrian refugees. …

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Turkey won’t pull out of Syria till others pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until every one of them has left the region. Turkey launched its third military incursion into northeast Syria last month to …

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Turkey apprehends Baghdadi’s sister

Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Monday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law who were also detained. Rasmiya Awad, 65, was detained in a raid near Azaz, the official …

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Turkey blames Kurds for Syria bombing

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Turkey fighters and …

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President Assad vows to liberate the occupied north

By Khawla Hassan – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip …

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Russia says Kurds in retreat from Turkey border

Kurdish forces have begun withdrawing from areas near the Turkish frontier in Syria, Russia’s deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Thursday, following a deal between Moscow and Ankara that ended Turkey’s cross-border military offensive. Under Tuesday’s accord, sealed by presidents Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan in the Russian …

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