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  • Ankara: Turkey is ready to purchase US Patriot system after acquiring S-400 systems from Russia

    Russia offered Turkey a better deal for the sale of its anti-missile systems than the United States, said Turkish leader Redep Tayyip Erdogan.

    “There can be no talk of Turkey withdrawing from its deal with Moscow. We are in agreement, we are determined,” the newspaper Haberturk quoted Erdogan saying.

    He added that Turkey would be ready to purchase US Patriots if the United States was able to offer a deal as lucrative as the one offered by the Russian Federation.

    According to Reuters, Turkey’ …

  • Turkey denies reports the US threatened to stop supply of F-35 fighters if Ankara purchases S-400 missile systems from Russia

    The US did not issue ultimatums to Turkey because of  the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, reports RIA Novosti with reference to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

    Akar said that the information that the US threatened to ban Turkey from the F-35 program if it does not refuse the deal to buy Russian missile systems is not accurate.

    The Minister noted that Turkey has fully paid for the supply of F-35 fighters, the aircraft have already been delivered, and now the …

  • Russian experts will arrive in Turkey to install the S-400 air defense systems

     On Monday, during broadcast on Haberturk TV, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar said that Russian technical personnel will be arriving to the country to install the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

    “Purchase of the S-400 is a done deal. Case closed. Everyone needs to understand that. Our president has said this multiple times. Technical personnel will be arriving from Russia to install the S-400,” Akar said, without specifying the exact time the Russian specialists planned to arrive. …

  • Turkey opens military operation control center in eastern Syria

    On March 31, Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar, accompanied by the commanders of the country's troops, inspected military units stationed near the border with Syria. As part of the trip, the head of the military department took part in the opening of the Joint Operational Center for the management of the planned “anti-terrorist operation” in Syria’s territory, located east of the Euphrates River, reports Anadolu.

    The Turkish generals also drew attention to the military actions in …

  • Ankara: negotiations on free trade agreement with Ukraine reached the final stage

    The free trade area (FTA) negotiations between Ukraine and Turkey have reached the final stage. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the agreement between two countries could be signed in the near future, reports Anadolu news agency.

    “Negotiations with Ukraine are at the final stage. The free trade agreement with Ukraine may be signed in the near future,” said the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

    He noted that Turkey already has free trade agreements …

  • Germany continues to arm Ankara despite Turkey's attacks on Kurds in Syria

    Germany continues to supply weapons to Ankara, even after the start of a Turkish military operation against the Kurds in Syria, as reported on Friday, March 30, by the German public-service channel ARD, citing a response by the German Foreign Ministry to a parliamentary inquiry by the Left Party.

    Since January 20, the report said, Germany has issued permits valued at 4.4 million euros for the supply of arms and ammunition to Turkey.

    Anton Hofreiter, co-chair of the Green parliamentary faction …

  • Turkey: Trump agreed to stop supplying weapons to Kurds in Syria

    Turkish authorities said on Friday that President Donald Trump agreed with Ankara's position, promising that the US would not supply weapons to Kurdish forces operating in Syria. According to Turkish government representatives, the chief of the White House told President Erdogan that he had already officially approved relevant instructions.

    "Our discomfort regarding the provision of weapons to the Kurdish militia (YPG) was conveyed to Mr. Trump once again," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut …