Ksenija Pavlovic

The US did not offer Turkey anything to get Erdogan to drop his objections to allowing Sweden and Finland into the alliance, a trio of senior administration officials claim – The Pavlovic Today

A trio of senior administration officials detail the first day of NATO Summit in Madrid. Here’s what they told The Pavlovic Today. The new NATO strategic concept will be released shortly and focuses heavily on Russia. But it also, for the first time, mentions China. The document will note that China’s stated ambitions and challenge …

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EXPLAINER: How was Turkey’s veto of Nordic NATO bid avoided? – San Francisco Chronicle

Before the text was released, Turkish officials circulated to media outlets a note titled “Turkey got what it wanted.” Finland’s leading newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, wrote in an editorial that “Turkey got what it wanted – and so did Finland and Sweden.”

“The memorandum was the price that had to be paid for the weird style of dealings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that at the same time represents typical behavior to Turkey,” the Finnish newspaper said.

While arguing against making Sweden and Finland NATO members, Erdogan showed videos and photographs of PKK demonstrations in Sweden as evidence of his claim of Swedish indifference to terrorism.

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus sign power linkage agreement in Athens – Ahram Online

The ninth trilateral summit, focusing on energy and boosting trilateral cooperation, is part of a cooperation mechanism launched in 2014 between the three countries. Egypt on Saturday signed an accord with Cyprus on linkage between the two countries’ electricity transmission networks. Two days earlier, Egypt also signed with Greece an agreement on an undersea cable …

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Von der Leyen: Turkey ‘further away’ from EU | eKathimerini.com

Turkey is now further away from the EU compared to what was happening a quarter of a century ago, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in an interview given to a small number of European newspapers, including Kathimerini.

Commenting on the choice by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to apply European sanctions against Russia, von der Leyen noted that alignment is important in the accession process, adding that Ankara’s reluctance shows a lot about its willingness to join the European Union.

Building in Africa: Turkey’s “Third Way” in China’s Shadow | Middle East Institute

Government patronage has been a crucial factor in aiding the internationalization of Turkish construction service corporations.[23] Construction firms, especially those aligned closely with the AK Party, have been among the main beneficiaries of easy access to credit in the international market, tax incentives and exemptions, and relaxed public procurement practices.[24] Erdoğan has personally presided over the building and functioning of this patronage system, actively directing investment in the housing, energy, and infrastructure sectors across Turkey. The key role that the state has played — with Erdoğan at the helm — in favoring the construction sector by rewarding companies at home has been complemented by efforts to promote overseas construction within the context of Turkey’s assertive and expansive foreign policy.

Egyptian, Cypriot, Greek defence ministers sign statement in support of security cooperation – Ahram Online

During the Fifth Trilateral Defence Ministers Meeting, Egypt’s Minister of Defence and Military Production Mohamed Zaki highlighted the importance of supporting cooperation and partnership between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece to achieve security and stability in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean regions, Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez said in a statement.

He hailed the fruitful relations witnessed recently between the three countries, who have a unified vision on issues of mutual concern, the statement said.

P. Molyviatis in “K”: Open letter to the Secretary General of NATO | Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ

When you, Mister Secretary-General, call on Greece to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve their differences, you are essentially asking Greece to place its territorial integrity as a subject of negotiations with Turkey. And you are asking for it while representing an Alliance that was set up and still exists for this very reason, namely the protection of the territorial integrity of its members.

This is not an equal distance stance. It is encouraging the attacker against his victim.

And this, in the end, does not lead to strengthening the cohesion of the Alliance, but rather to its dissolution.

If, Mister Secretary-General, you do not have the authority to intervene to remedy this unprecedented and unacceptable situation within the Alliance, I think the best thing to do is to remain silent until your term