Contents tagged with Erdoğan

  • Turkish President Erdogan announces plans to produce S-500 missile systems with Russia

    Turkey and Russia will develop an S-500 air defense system, stated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as reported by Deutsche Welle.

    “Russia offered us a very good deal,” Erdogan said at a meeting with students in Istanbul, referring to the delivery of S-400 missile systems which, according to the agreement, will take place in July 2019.

    Once again, he noted that the purchase of S-400 counter-air defense systems from the Russian Federation is “a done deal”.  

    “Subsequently, the …

  • Erdogan accuses Assad of sabotaging the Russian-Turkish agreement

    In a conversation over the phone, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the escalating tensions in the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. During the call, Erdogan stressed that countering terrorism cannot justify attacks on civilians, schools and hospitals, said Fahrettin Altun, director of the Turkish presidential administration’s communication department.

    Erdogan also expressed concern that ceasefire violations in the de-escalation zone …

  • Turkey cuts back Russian gas purchases to ten year low

    Turkey appears to be deliberately purchasing less Russian gas until the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom completes the $7 billion Turkish Stream gas pipeline, reports finanz.ru.

    At the end of the first quarter of 2019, Russia had for the first time in history lost its competitiveness on the Turkish gas market to liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, Qatar, Algeria and other countries.

    The total amount of Russian gas bought by Turkish clients, including the state-owned company Botas and …

  • Turkey has not decided whether it should participate in the opening of the central mosque in Crimea

    At present, Turkey has not made a concrete decision on whether or not it should participate in the opening of the central mosque in Simferopol, TASS reports with reference to a statement by a high-ranking source in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “As I understand it, Russian President Vladimir Putin made the proposal during one-on-one negotiations with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. At the moment, Turkey has not made any decision regarding this matter,” the agency reported the …

  • Putin: gas price dispute with Turkey unresolved

    At a press conference after meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Ankara and Moscow were still in disagreement about how the gas price should be determined.

    Putin explained that Russia determines the gas price on the basis of market conditions. “The prices of energy carriers are not determined at Gazprom’s wish, but by the market. Gazprom does not dictate them. There is a problem: our Turkish friends insist on one set of formulas; on …

  • 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 …

  • Putin and Erdogan planning a new meeting in Moscow

    The Presidents of Russia and Turkey will hold talks in Russia for the third time this year. Russia-Turkey Cross-Cultural Year will open in April under the chairmanship of Putin and Erdogan.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are planning to hold a meeting on April 8 in Moscow. The heads of the two states will hold a meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council, Press Secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday, March 23.

    The …

  • Putin invites Turkish President Erdogan to visit annexed Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited his counterpart Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit the annexed Crimea to take part in the opening of the Cathedral Mosque in Simferopol. The head of the Kremlin also proposed inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the opening of a synagogue in annexed Sevastopol, Russian state agencies reported.

    Not a single foreign leader has visited the Crimea during the five years of the annexation of the peninsula by Russia. The …

  • Erdogan: Turkey will receive the first shipment of Russian S-400 missile systems in summer

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated in an interview with Channel Haberturk that Russia will start supplying S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey in July this year.  

    He noted that he has already told US President Donald Trump about the completion of the deal and that he is not going to cancel it. “We have made the purchase. Stepping back is out of the question. Russia will start supplies of the surface-to-air missile systems in July this year. I told Trump about this,” …

  • Washington: Turkey and Russia’s S-400 missile systems deal is a national security concern

    Turkey’s agreement to purchase Russian S-400 missile systems is a national security problem for NATO countries. The Alliance cannot use F-35 fighters in combination with these Russian missile systems, a high-level representative of the US leadership stated on Thursday, March 14.

    The official that talked anonymously with a group of journalists specified that Ankara's purchase of the S-400 cannot be equated to Turkey's withdrawal from NATO. However, he noted that the deal between Ankara and …