Contents tagged with Erdogan

  • Turkey wants to trade with Ukraine and Russia in national currency

    Turkey is preparing to carry on trade in national currencies with its largest trading partners, such as Ukraine, China, Russia and Iran, writes Kommersant newspaper.

    According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, if European countries want to get rid of the dollar "shackles" then Ankara is ready to create similar trade system with them.

    Turkey does not accept the world order in which the world has declared an economic war, and countries are pressured by the threat of imposing sanctions, …

  • Turkey offers to assist Ukraine with the release of political prisoners

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said on Channel 5 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to help Ukraine with the release of prisoners held in Russia.

    The Foreign Minister noted Turkey's assistance in the release of Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz. "It was very difficult. I think that Erdoğan himself must talk about it, probably after the elections. For now, it's better to work on new releases," Klimkin stressed.

    The minister said that during a long …

  • Media: Erdogan offered to produce S-500 missile systems together with Russia

    On Thursday, during an interview with 24 TV, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he offered Russian President Vladimir Putin to jointly produce S-500 surface-to-air missiles.

    Erdoğan did not reveal Putin’s response, nor did he mention when exactly the two presidents conversed.  

    Anadolu news agency released an extract of Erdoğan’s interview for 24 TV. “Russia provided us with a loan for S-400 on acceptable terms,” the agency cites Erdoğan as stating. “In the second and third …

  • Poroshenko calls on Erdogan to facilitate the release of Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia

    During the visit to Turkey, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to facilitate the release of Ukrainian political prisoners who are detained in Russia, the President’s press-service reports. The two leaders discussed relevant issues of bilateral cooperation and international agenda.

    Poroshenko thanked Erdoğan for his ongoing support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and for the protection of the rights of Crimean Tatars.

    The Presidents …

  • Erdogan: threat to Turkey in Syria comes from its strategic partners

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on the television channel NTV on Saturday that the threat to Turkey in Syria comes primarily from its strategic partners.

    "The U.S. sent 5,000 trucks loaded with weapons to northern Syria. We cannot buy weapons from the US for money, but they and the coalition forces can supply these weapons and ammunition to terrorist groups for free. So, from whom does the threat emerge? Primarily from our strategic partners," the Turkish leader said.

    Erdogan …

  • Erdogan confirms that Turkey will go ahead with purchase of S-400 air defense systems from Russia

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed that Turkey will purchase Russian S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems, despite the new sanctions against the Russian Federation, RIA Novosti reports.

     “The S-400 topic worries some. Why? Turkey itself decides its fate. We will do what is profitable for the country,” stated Erdoğan.

    According to him, Turkey “should not need permission” to sign agreements.

    Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on the delivery of Turkey’s S-400 systems in …

  • Putin and Erdogan agree to speed up supply of S-400 missile systems to Turkey

    Russia has confirmed its decision to accelerate the delivery of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference following Russian-Turkish talks.

    "Of course, we discussed the state of cooperation between Russia and Turkey in the military-technical sphere, and, in particular, the progress of the implementation of the delivery contract for S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems to Turkey. We decided to speed …

  • Kurds report that Syrian government forces are in Afrin

    The statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the Turkish military stopped the advance of Damascus-backed troops into the city of Afrin is untrue, spokesman for Kurdish self-defense forces Reyzan Hedu told RIA Novosti.

    “The forces sent (to Afrin) are directed by the Syrian government, from the command of the Syrian army. Erdogan turned out to be a bad traffic policeman today, saying that he stopped the movement of Syrian forces that were heading to Afrin. That statement is not …

  • Erdogan tells Putin that Assad will face consequences if Syrian troops deployed to Afrin

    The Syrian government will “face consequences" if it concludes an agreement with Kurdish militia in Afrin, where Turkey is conducting military operation Olive branch,Turkey's President Recep Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation, Turkish NTV channel reports.

    During the talks, Putin and Erdogan discussed the problems in Afrin and in Idlib province. "If the Syrian regime goes down this path [agreement with the Kurds], there will be consequences," Erdogan …

  • Erdogan: Turkey bought Russian S-400 missile systems due to threat of attack from Syria

    Turkey bought the Russian S-400 anti-air missile systems because of the threat of an attack from Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Italian newspaper La Stampa in an interview. Negotiations were held with several countries on the purchase of such equipment, but only Russia’s offer corresponded to Ankara’s expectations, the Turkish leader explained.

    According to Erdogan, the civil war which has been raging in Syria since 2011 has prompted Ankara to “reinforce and modernize …