Friday, February 3, 2023

Turkey

US, European envoys soon to be expelled from Turkey

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instructed the foreign ministry to declare ambassadors from 10 countries, including the US, France and Germany, "persona non grata". The envoys had called for the release of a detained Turkish businessman. The move means the diplomats are now just one step from expulsion.

Turkey says likely to deploy heavy weapons in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Ankara will deploy heavy weaponry in the Syrian territory against Damascus if necessary. The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned Turkey's illegal military deployment in its northern regions.

Ankara summons 10 envoys over Turkish businessman detention

Ankara has summoned the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany, France and Canada, over a joint statement criticizing Turkey’s compliance with ‘democracy’.

Turkey says in talks with US on purchase of F-16s

The United States has offered selling F-16 aircraft to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says. Ankara was kicked out of the program after acquiring Russian S-400 missile defence systems.

Turkey threatens new military operation in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the specter of a fresh military operation ‘against Kurdish troops’ in Syria. Ankara’s warning follows the killing of two Turkish special force police in a rocket attack in the war-torn country.

Turkey urges world to engage with Taliban

Turkey has called on the international community to cooperate with the new rulers of Afghanistan. The comment comes after a high-level Taliban delegation visited Ankara for talks with Turkish officials for the first after the group seized Kabul last August.

Turks believe Erdogan party to fall from power in next vote

Nearly 54 percent of voters in Turkey believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will lose office in the general elections of 2023, a recent survey by private pollster Metropoll revealed.

Turkey says US should be honest with Americans about Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister has accused the US of not telling the truth to Congress or informing its people on Syria. The remark comes in response to Washington's decision to extend the national emergency executive order in Syria.

MP: Iranians have spent $7 billion on real estate in Turkey

An Iranian MP says Iran has repeatedly saved political life of the Turkish president.

Putin, Erdogan discuss building nuclear plants in Turkey

Presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a meeting in Sochi, have discussed setting up two nuclear power plants in Turkey, according to the Kremlin.

Syria: Turkey supporting terrorists in Idlib

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, in his address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, accused Turkey of continuing to support and protect terrorist groups in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Turkey says intends to buy more S-400, likely to infuriate US

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara is considering buying a second batch of Russian missile system despite strong objections by the United States and its other NATO allies.

Erdogan: Turkey-US ties not ‘healthy’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that Ankara's ties with the United States are not healthy and that his relationship with US President Joe Biden remains strained.

Damascus calls on US, Turkey to withdraw from Syria

The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Faisal Mikdad called for an end to the US and Turkish occupation of Syrian territory, saying all countries must respect Syria’s sovereignty.

Turkey: US should accept acquisition of Russia’s S-400 completed matter

The United States must accept the fact that Ankara’s purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia is a completed matter, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated in an interview with NTV.

Turkish Opposition Vows to Send Back Home Syrian Refugees If He Wins Elections

The leader of the Turkish opposition says if his party comes to power after the elections in this country, he will send back the Syrian refugees to their country.

Syrian Army Announces Closure of Airspace over Northwest

The Syrian army has announced the closure of airspace over its northwestern provinces, warning Turkey that it will shoot down any invading aircraft in the area.

Zarif Condoles with Turkey over Deadly Earthquake

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu following the recent earthquake in Turkey.

Erdogan Says Turkey Has Captured al-Baghdadi’s Wife

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi more than a week after ISIS leader killed himself during a raid by US special forces.

Turkey Walking on Tightrope Held by US and Russia

An Iranian expert of Turkish developments says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a policy of balancing power between the United States and Russia in Syria and is walking on a tightrope the two sides of which are controlled by Washington and Moscow. 

Iran Hails Russia-Turkey Deal on Northern Syria

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has hailed a Memorandum of Understanding between Russia, and Turkey on ending the conflicts in northern Syria.

Turkey Possibly Used Chemicals in Attack on Syria’s North: Reports

Reports suggest Turkey has used chemical materials, possibly banned phosphorus explosives, in its attacks on the city of Ras al-Ayn in Syria’s northeastern al-Hasakah Governorate.

Turkey Fighting Terror with Help of Terrorist Groups

Iranian political analyst Ali Hassan Heidari has, in an op-ed regarding Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria known as “Peace Spring”, weighed in on the overt and covert goals of Ankara’s move.

Assad, Not US, Must Protect Kurds against Turkey: Trump

US President Donald Trump says the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other countries should be responsible for protecting the US-allied Kurds in northern Syria against a Turkish incursion, not the US which is "7,000 miles away" from Syria.

Iran Urges Turkey to End Military Operation in Syria

Iran has called for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish forces from Syria and a halt to Ankara’s military operation in the country.

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