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The impact of the joint security coordination between Israel and Turkey in Afghanistan – Modern Diplomacy

The impact of the joint security coordination between Israel and Turkey in Afghanistan – Modern Diplomacy First: Analysis of the potential scenarios of (Israeli-Arab or Iranian-Arab security coordination on Afghanistan), or the extent of success of the (joint security coordination between Turkey and Israel inside Afghanistan), according to the Israeli intelligence point of view Second: My analysis of the (content of the speeches of…

Why is the road to The Hague accessible to Armenia/Azerbaijan but not to Cyprus/Turkey? | Cyprus Mail

Why is the road to The Hague accessible to Armenia/Azerbaijan but not to Cyprus/Turkey? | Cyprus Mail As a resident of The Hague in the Netherlands, I have become familiar with the international courts which have transformed this historic Dutch city into an international center dedicated to peace and justice.  I have also been inspired by the humane culture of The Hague that reflects the civilized values espoused by renowned Dutch scholars.  These include Erasmus…

Erdogan is fighting to stay in power | Opinion – Deutsche Welle

Erdogan is fighting to stay in power | Opinion – Deutsche Welle Every time there’s a fresh problem with the Turkish economy — indeed, every time Turkey is in the headlines for whatever reason — it’s only a matter of time before a completely incomprehensible reaction from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives. This was the case most recently on Saturday, when Erdogan announced…

Turkey to expel U.S. envoy and nine others, Erdogan says | Reuters

Turkey to expel U.S. envoy and nine others, Erdogan says | Reuters ISTANBUL, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had told his foreign ministry to expel the ambassadors of the United States and nine other Western countries for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala. Seven of the ambassadors represent Turkey’s NATO allies and the expulsions, if…

Turkey Lands on Anti-Money Laundering Watchlist – Again | Financial Action Task Force – FDD

Turkey Lands on Anti-Money Laundering Watchlist – Again | Financial Action Task Force – FDD The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Paris-based global money laundering and terror financing watchdog, added Turkey to its “grey list” on Thursday, placing Ankara alongside 22 other jurisdictions, including Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen, under increased monitoring. This designation shows yet again that NATO member Turkey continues to offer…

Finance watchdog ‘grey lists’ Turkey in threat to investment | Reuters

Finance watchdog ‘grey lists’ Turkey in threat to investment | Reuters ISTANBUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) – An international watchdog downgraded Turkey to a so-called grey list on Thursday for failing to head off money laundering and terrorist financing, a decision that could further erode foreign investment after a years-long exodus. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), set up by the G7 group of advanced…

Africa: Turkey’s Erdogan Serenades Africa As ‘Alternative Partner’ to Post-Colonial Players – allAfrica.com

Africa: Turkey’s Erdogan Serenades Africa As ‘Alternative Partner’ to Post-Colonial Players – allAfrica.com Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s four-day visit to Africa this week has put Ankara’s policy on the continent under the spotlight again, as Turkey positions itself as an alternative ally for African countries. The visit is part of a bid by Turkey to break the economic hegemony of former colonial powers…

How Turkey’s approach to Africa differs from the West and China

How Turkey’s approach to Africa differs from the West and China Ankara offers a new opportunity to diversify and establish more humane, balanced, reasonable, and far from risky engagements to African countries Since 2002, Turkey’s engagement with Africa has been one of the country’s main pillars under its humanitarian and multi-dimensional foreign policy, focusing on enhancing ties on trade, military cooperation, education, diplomacy, infrastructure,…

Turkey’s Erdogan faces uphill battle to curb ‘exorbitant prices’ | Reuters

Turkey’s Erdogan faces uphill battle to curb ‘exorbitant prices’ | Reuters Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shops at a grocery store of the Agricultural Credit Cooperatives of Turkey, in Istanbul, Turkey October 3, 2021. Picture taken October 3, 2021. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS Annual food price inflation near 29% in SeptemberErdogan orders 1,000 co-op stores opened to ‘balance’ marketRetailers ‘saddened’ to be accused of…

Turkish State Energy Giants Set for Rejig Ahead of Possible Sale – Bloomberg

Turkish State Energy Giants Set for Rejig Ahead of Possible Sale – Bloomberg Turkey is preparing to reorganize some of its largest state companies ahead of possible stake sales or public offerings, according to people with knowledge of the plan. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is planning to focus primarily on energy companies including state gas importer and pipeline operator Botas, the people said, asking…

Erdogan And Boris Johnson: A New Global Power Duo? – Worldcrunch

Erdogan And Boris Johnson: A New Global Power Duo? – Worldcrunch BERLIN — According to the Elysée Palace, the French presidency “can’t understand” why Turkey would overreact, since the defense pact that France recently signed in Paris with Greece is not aimed at Ankara. The agreement covers billions of euros’ worth of military equipment, and the two countries have committed to come to each other’s…

Juan de Fuca Looking for the Northwest Passage | Evrydiki Livada, Pedro Olalla

Documentary film (32 min.) Ioannis Apostolos Fokas (c.1532-c.1602) -known in historical sources as Juan Griego or Juan de Fuca- was a navigator of Greek origin, left out by history despite the relevance of his actions, who, for more than forty years, served the Spanish Empire as master, pilot and explorer in the ships of Charles V and Philip II. Juan de Fuca Looking for…

Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks | The Guardian

Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks | The Guardian As the sun sets over a dusty ravine on the outskirts of Van city in eastern Turkey, Muhammdullah Sangeen and dozens of other Afghans are preparing for another night sleeping rough. The 22-year-old, who has a bruised left eye and fresh cuts all over his arms, arrived from Iran a few days earlier…

Turkey: Unopposed in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Turkey: Unopposed in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea | E-International Relations The re-emergence of Turkey as a major military power has altered the dynamics of the Mediterranean, bringing together a diverse set of allies whose interests are threatened by prospective Turkish expansion. However, the gap in military power between Turkey and its adversaries is growing with few demonstrable measures taken by Mediterranean powers to compensate…

Could the Turkish lira fall to 100 to the dollar? | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

Could the Turkish lira fall to 100 to the dollar? | American Enterprise Institute – AEI The lira, Turkey’s currency, is in free fall. A decade ago, it traded at 1.83 to the US dollar. Five years ago, it hovered around three to the dollar. Last week it surpassed nine to the dollar and, on Friday, it closed at 9.27. That the Turkish lira could…

Turkey: Soldiers Beat, Push Afghan Asylum Seekers Back to Iran | Human Rights Watch

Turkey: Soldiers Beat, Push Afghan Asylum Seekers Back to Iran | Human Rights Watch (New York) – Turkish authorities are summarily pushing Afghan asylum seekers crossing into the country from Iran back to Iran, in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Six Afghans, five of whom were pushed back, told Human Rights Watch that the Turkish army beat them and their fellow travelers – some…

Azerbaijani president responds at last to Pandora Papers | Eurasianet

Azerbaijani president responds at last to Pandora Papers | Eurasianet The government had been silent since the investigation into massive corruption was released. Now Ilham Aliyev says “some forces in the West” are behind it. After ten days of silence over allegations of massive corruption tied to senior Azerbaijani government officials and their families, the country’s president finally responded. In an October 13 interview with Italian…

Factbox: Revolving door: personnel changes at Turkey’s central bank | Reuters

Factbox: Revolving door: personnel changes at Turkey’s central bank | Reuters Turkey’s Central Bank headquarters is seen in Ankara, Turkey in this January 24, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Umit Bektas//File Photo ISTANBUL, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed three central bank monetary policy committee (MPC) members on Thursday, appointing two new members in their place, the latest in a series of personnel…

Renewed Greek-US Defense Pact Expected to Roil Turkey

Renewed Greek-US Defense Pact Expected to Roil Turkey ATHENS — Greece is lauding a renewed defense pact with the United States as a “resounding vote of confidence” from Washington to Athens. The deal is seen by Greece as an added swipe against its age-old foe — but NATO ally — Turkey, in a long-running dispute over sea and air rights in the Aegean, eastern Mediterranean…

Turkey’s foreign policy labyrinth – Duvar

Turkey’s foreign policy labyrinth – Duvar Turkey’s foreign policy is constantly rerouting due to roadblocks these days.  It is like a labyrinth for Ankara as navigating through the dizzying puzzle becomes more and more intricate. For now, let’s just have a look at the “relations with Europe” part of the maze: September’s end marked the symbolic departure of Chancellor Angela Merkel from the political…

Gaslighting Nations – Erdogan Makes a Mockery of U.N. General Assembly – Again | Newsweek

Gaslighting Nations—Erdogan Makes a Mockery of U.N. General Assembly—Again | Newsweek The term “United Nations,” which U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined in 1942, reflected a commitment, articulated in the Declaration of United Nations, to “defend life, liberty, independence and religious freedom, and to preserve human rights and justice.” The Declaration formally established the coalition that would ultimately overthrow the Axis powers, bringing an…

Greek parliament approves defence pact with France | Reuters

Greek parliament approves defence pact with France | Reuters Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron following a signing ceremony of a new defence deal at The Elysee Palace in Paris, France September 28, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS ATHENS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers ratified on Thursday a new defence agreement between Greece and France that will…

Greece Has A Legal Right To Not Demilitarize Aegean Islands Despite Turkey’s Insistence

Greece Has A Legal Right To Not Demilitarize Aegean Islands Despite Turkey’s Insistence The tensions between Greece and Turkey that became a geopolitical crisis in the East Mediterranean appears to be finally subsiding after Ankara withdrew from Greece’s maritime space the Oruç Reis Turkish research vessel and the warships escorting it. Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initiated the crisis at the beginning of…

Treasury Sanctions Jihadist Financiers in Turkey for the Seventh Time Since 2019 | FDD

Treasury Sanctions Jihadist Financiers in Turkey for the Seventh Time Since 2019 | FDD The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated five Turkey-based individuals on Thursday for providing a range of financial and travel facilitation services to al-Qaeda. The new designations — the seventh set since April 2019 targeting a Turkey-based jihadist network — expose the extent to which radical Islamists thrive in the…

Turkey Defies the European Court | Human Rights Watch

Turkey Defies the European Court | Human Rights Watch (Istanbul) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should trigger infringement proceedings against Turkey at its September 14-16, 2021 meeting for its failure to implement the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) judgment ordering the release of the jailed human rights defender Osman Kavala, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Litigation…

Erdogan’s grand and costly projects fail one after another

Erdogan’s grand and costly projects fail one after another Nicosia [Cyprus] Aug 30 (ANI): Turkey’s increasingly autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan always had a penchant for very big projects and, according to official data, since 2003 when Erdogan came to power, some 181 mega public-private partnership projects were launched in Turkey.Many of these projects are modelled on the build-operate-transfer system and involve state guarantees…

The Cyprus Dimension to the Azerbaijani-Turkish Alliance – Jamestown

The Cyprus Dimension to the Azerbaijani-Turkish Alliance – Jamestown Following the Second Karabakh War (September 27–November 9, 2020) between Armenia and Azerbaijan and Turkey’s support for the latter in that conflict, Ankara has been pushing for Baku to become more involved in Turkish geopolitical plays (see EDM July 19). In particular, Turkey openly wants Azerbaijan to recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)…

Erdogan’s big lie: Why Turkey’s president rewrote the history of the 2016 coup – Haaretz.com

Erdogan’s big lie: Why Turkey’s president rewrote the history of the 2016 coup – Haaretz.com Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul’s Taksim Square mark a month since the 2016 attempted coup Credit: OSMAN ORSAL/REUTERS For five years since the dramatic, bloody coup attempt, Erdogan has claimed traditional allies abandoned Turkey in its hour of need, justifying ongoing purges and his pivot towards…

The Turkish Laundromat – Erdogan Offers Illicit-Finance Loophole for the Seventh Time | FDD

The Turkish Laundromat – Erdogan Offers Illicit-Finance Loophole for the Seventh Time | FDD Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Wednesday extending the country’s wealth amnesty law, which allows individuals and entities to repatriate previously undisclosed offshore assets and to declare their domestics assets without facing any legal scrutiny or tax penalties. This decree, the seventh wealth amnesty Erdogan has declared…

What happened to Turkey’s US$128 billion? – Transparency.org

What happened to Turkey’s US$128 billion? – Transparency.org Where did the US$128 billion go? This question has been on the minds of Turkish people these days. It is certainly a substantial amount of money, by any standard. The figure refers to the reserves sold in 2019 and 2020 by the Central Bank to support the Turkish lira in foreign exchange markets. The opposition’s allegations that…

Turkey plans its own Antarctic station | Polarjournal

Turkey plans its own Antarctic station | Polarjournal Antarctica belongs to no one and yet to everyone. The international Antarctic Treaty System includes 54 states and 40 of them have also signed and ratified the Protocol on Environmental Protection (also known as the Madrid Protocol). Among other things, this allows the signatory states to build and operate their own research station in the Antarctic….

Spain’s ‘enhancing ties with Turkey’ can only serve to strengthen Erdoğan’s oppressive rule | Ahval

Spain’s ‘enhancing ties with Turkey’ can only serve to strengthen Erdoğan’s oppressive rule | Ahval Amid its ever-deepening foreign policy mess that has alienated the entire political establishment in Washington D.C, raised the tension in Eastern Mediterranean, and sanctions against it across the Atlantic, Turkey’s troubled government seems to have found a useful ally for its continuity: Spain. If the process of this rapprochement…

Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy

Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy Is Not About Natural Gas – Foreign Policy What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern MediterraneanTurkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters…

Afraid Of Turkey? It Seems The Athenian Elite Are – Greek City Times

And a shy Turkey is already “shooting” in the face Thucydides, Aristotle and Sappho and their distant “descendants”: Constantine XI Palaiologos, Kolokotronis, Lela Karagianni, Maria Callas, Kondyli, Castoriadis, George Kontogiorgis and so many others. It “shoots” us all in the face! Is it not right?

Already, while you are still reading this text, an escalating war with threats, NAVTEX,…

Israel is Turkey’s Neighbor Across the Sea: Delimitation of the Maritime Jurisdiction Areas between Turkey and Israel | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

In concordance with the appropriate maritime jurisdiction areas Israel has a right to claim, Israel must at the very least adjust the delimitation agreement it has signed with the GCA to reclaim its rights over the areas specified above. Still, for Israel, the most pragmatic and beneficial option would be to sign a delimitation agreement with Turkey, in the light of their…

France says it won’t forget ‘silence’ of some states after teacher beheading – EURACTIV.com

France says it won’t forget ‘silence’ of some states after teacher beheading – EURACTIV.com “It is said that it is in hardship that one recognises one’s friends. I have drawn up this cartography and I say to those who can hear us beyond this room that nothing that we can see will be forgotten.” France’s EU and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian France’s foreign…

Finance Minister Albayrak says economy growing as lira hits record lows – Duvar English

Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has said that the economy is growing despite the tumbling Turkish Lira. The lira weakened to a record low on Oct. 26, hit by investor unease over the central bank’s decision last week to keep its policy rate on hold and various sources of geopolitical concern. Strains in ties with the United States, a row with France, a…

Turkey slams Egypt FM’s remarks about its role in Syria – Middle East Monitor

“These accusations are made up of delusions which cannot be taken seriously, whereas our country had martyrs in the fight against terrorism in Syria, embraced almost 4 million Syrians, protects the people from a cruel regime and terrorists in the north of Syria, and made concrete contribution to the political process both in Geneva and within Astana platform,” Aksoy said in a statement.

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Turkey’s problem with Europe is not just about Macron – Ahval

“Despite Macron’s relentless tirades against Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the common view within Ankara’s policy circles is that “it is just Macron who has problems with Turkey,” not the French public”, Ufuk Necat Taşcı, a Middle East and North Africa relations analyst, stated.

This seems like wishful thinking, as the Turkish government’s problems with the European Union go much further…

Pentagon condemns Turkey S-400 test, Erdogan dismisses US criticism – DefenceTalk

“The US Department of Defense condemns in the strongest possible terms Turkey’s October 16 test of the S-400 air defense system — a test confirmed today by Turkish President Recep Erdogan,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

“We object to Turkey’s testing of this system, which risks serious consequences for our security relationship,” Hoffman said.

“We have been clear and unwavering in our position:…

World is on the brink of big change, but is Turkey ready? – Yetkin Report

World is on the brink of big change, but is Turkey ready? – Yetkin Report Before the Covid-19 pandemic began to take over the world, the 3 Nov. 2020 U.S. presidential election was considered to be a turning point that would shape the future of world politics. However, the power of nature, or the epidemic, not only pushed the U.S. presidential election into the…

Erdogan is planning a new world order in which Turkey is the rising star – Haaretz.com – Analysis

All methods, including terrorism, attempts at revolution, economic traps, attempts to isolate us, were intended to remove Turkey from its goals. “We succeeded in thwarting all those attacks and schemes. Most international organizations and states claiming to carry the flag of democracy have displayed their true colors when they applied a double standard in Turkey,” Erdogan said in…

Gas fields and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean – EURACTIV.com

Gas fields and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean – EURACTIV.com The discovery in recent years of huge natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean has whetted the appetite of nearby countries but exacerbated geopolitical tensions between Turkey and its neighbours. Relations have been strained in recent months following Turkish exploration and drilling operations in waters claimed by both Cyprus and Greece. Here is the…

Turkey Steps up Criticism After France Recalls Ambassador – Bloomberg

“Europe is an increasingly dangerous place for Muslims,” Fahrettin Altun said in a series of tweets on Sunday. “The dog whistle politics of offensive caricatures, accusations of separatism against Muslims, and mosque raids isn’t about freedom of expression. It’s about intimidating and reminding Muslims that they are welcome to keep the European economy going, but they will never belong,” he said.

Altun’s comments were rebuffed…

Egypt pushes for progress on Syria talks, inciting Turkish anger – The Jerusalem Post

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry supports a political settlement for the Syrian crisis and has rejected “foreign intervention” in the country. The later comment has enraged Ankara because it highlights Turkey’s destabilizing role in northern Syria, where extremists operate in areas occupied by Turkey. Ankara says it is merely guaranteeing security and that it is not against Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

Europe Responds to Turkey: Sorry to Disappoint, But This is Our Way of Life! – GreekReporter.com

“Europe is an increasingly dangerous place for Muslims,” Fahrettin Altun, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said in a series of tweets on Sunday.

“The dog whistle politics of offensive caricatures, accusations of separatism against Muslims, and mosque raids isn’t about freedom of expression. It’s about intimidating and reminding Muslims that they are welcome to keep the European economy going, but they will never…

Turkish Airlines to Put Foreign Pilots on Unpaid Leave – Bloomberg

Like carriers worldwide, Turkish Airlines has been hit by a combination of border closures and a slump in travel during the pandemic. It reported a loss of 2.23 billion liras ($280 million) in the second quarter, with passenger numbers down by almost two thirds so far this year.

Unlike many peers, the carrier has refrained from job cuts or…

Turkey extends east Med survey, Greece calls it an ‘illegal move’ – Reuters

“Greece blatantly condemns this unacceptable behaviour, which is essentially moving even further away from the prospect of a constructive dialogue,” the ministry said in a statement, calling for the advisory to be revoked immediately.

It said Turkey was behaving “like a pariah”, seeking to destabilise the region and stoke tensions, defying international law.

France accuses Turkey of stoking hate and using ‘slanderous propaganda’ in Islam dispute – The National

Ankara is angered by a campaign championed by Mr Macron to protect France’s secular values against Islamist extremism, a campaign given impetus by the murder of a schoolteacher who showed his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Mr Macron hailed the teacher, Samuel Paty, as a “silent hero” who upheld France’s secular values. The French president vowed that the…

‘Racist losers of Europe’: Turkish officials blast Wilders over derogatory Erdoğan cartoon – Daily Sabah

‘Racist losers of Europe’: Turkish officials blast Wilders over derogatory Erdoğan cartoon – Daily Sabah The xenophobic and Islamophobic Dutch politician Wilders shared a derogatory cartoon insulting President Erdoğan, and responses from Turkish officials were quick to come. Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has come under fire for sharing a defamatory cartoon of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on social media, as the Turkish president himself,…

Erdoğan’s costly ‘Make Turkey Great Again’ program – BESA – Jewish News Syndicate

Commenting on Erdoğan’s overseas military ambitions, François Mitterand’s adviser Jacques Attali tweeted: “We have to hear what Erdoğan says, take it very seriously and be prepared to act by all means. If our predecessors had taken the Führer’s speeches seriously from 1933 to 1936, they could have prevented this monster from accumulating the ways and means to do what he had announced.”

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Erdogan triples down on imperial fanaticism – Washington Examiner

Where does this leave us?

Well, with the increasing obvious but sad reality that Erdogan is no longer a partner to Europe’s or America’s democratic security. Instead, Erdogan requires confrontation. The United States should join with the European Union in preparing sanctions on the Turkish central bank. The Turkish lira is already at pathetic lows (in no insignificant part, thanks to Erdogan’s economic mismanagement). Let’s…

Afghan Forces Kill Senior al-Qaida Leader – Voice of America

This month marks 19 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers, who had harbored al-Qaida militants who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

The United States has been gradually drawing down its troops from Afghanistan after striking a deal with the Taliban in February.

Erdogan downplays Libya agreements hinting at spoiler role – Arab Weekly

Erdogan expressed his belief that signing an agreement for a permanent ceasefire in Libya is not reliable. He explained that it was reached at the level of two delegates, one representing Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and the other a military commander from Misrata representing the Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.

He pointed out that the ceasefire…

After thumbing his nose at China, Prague’s mayor has this advice for Canada. ‘Their power is overrated’ – The Star

VANCOUVER—When Prague’s Pirate Party posted a rebuttal on its Facebook page to threats of economic action against the historic city from China’s diplomats in the Czech Republic, people laughed. It was cheeky. The post featured a photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping next to a picture of Winnie-the-Pooh and a message mocking the Chinese government for trying to ban the cartoon character in China….

France recalls ambassador from Turkey after ‘unacceptable’ Erdogan comments – France24

In a highly unusual move, a French presidential official said that the French ambassador to Turkey was being recalled from Ankara for consultations and would meet Macron to discuss the situation in the wake of Erdogan’s outburst.

“President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess and rudeness are not a method. We demand that Erdogan change the course of his policy because it is dangerous in every…

“Terrorist.” Geert Wilders on Twitter

“Terrorist.” Geert Wilders calls out Erdogan on Twitter https://twitter.com/geertwilderspvv/status/1320082685902147584 Source: Geert Wilders on Twitter: “Terrorist. https://t.co/jxdnDhk9ti” / Twitter

Turkish president confirms S-400 tests, draws further US condemnation – Turkish Minute

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday confirmed that the Turkish military recently conducted a missile-firing exercise with S-400 advanced air-defense system it has procured from Russia, attracting criticism from the US government. “It is true that tests have been carried out,” Erdoğan announced on Friday in televised remarks that the S-400 tests had taken place despite objections from the US. Underlining that Turkey…

Erdogan seeks to restore Ottoman Empire, warns French Army General Pierre de Villiers – Armenian News Agency

“Erdogan’s Turkey, with his statements, is now guided by the strategy of restoring the Ottoman Empire. And Turkey embodies this manifest with relevant military gestures. For example, the destruction of Kurds in Syria, actions in Nagorno Karabakh,” Pierre de Villiers told BFM TV.

The general emphasized that someday the international community, and France in particular, must put an end to this.

“We cannot agree that a…

For these Israelis, lockdown meant a one-way ticket to Greece – Haaretz.com

Greece is a large country and it accommodates the regular vacation habits of many Israelis. There are those who swear by the name of an island that only they know about, or of a hotel owner who is willing to rent only to them. But coronavirus tourism has changed that, too. Now, anything goes. People who usually gravitate to the same remote beach every…

East Med cannot poison other relations, says Spanish envoy – Turkey News

“We don’t believe in sanctions, what we believe is that we have to offer Turkey, a possibility of approaching the union, a perspective,” said

Hergueta adding EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell “has a mandate of the council precisely to explore that.”
“The way to explore it is that we accelerate the starting or the restarting of negotiations in certain aspects that we have pending,…

World powers should handle Erdoğan’s ‘megalomaniac’ approach with care – Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is marketing his world view that the United States and European Union need his country more than it does them and his “megalomaniac approach” necessitates careful examination of a powerful regional leader not bound by existing arrangements, regional affairs analyst Zvi Bar’el said in an opinion piece on Friday. “The confrontation with Greece and Europe in general over oil exploration in disputable…

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