Contents tagged with Erdogan

  • Erdogan blames Russia for bloodbath in Syria

    On February 12, Turkish President Recep Erdogan blamed Russia for the “bloodbaths” occurring while it supports the Assad regime, Radio Liberty reports.

    The Turkish leader is threatening to destroy the forces of the Syrian regime “everywhere”, if Turkish soldiers are subjected to new attacks.

    “The regime backed by Russian forces and pro-Iranian militants is constantly attacking peaceful civilians, carrying out mass killings and shedding blood,” said Erdogan during a meeting with members of …

  • Erdogan to Putin: Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a summit on Libya in Berlin. The Turkish leader stated that the commander of the Libyan National Army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar is pursuing an aggressive policy that must be stopped, reports TASS.

    "Haftar did not sign the agreement at the meeting in Moscow, which shows us that he is not a supporter of the peace process, but seeks a military solution to the conflict," Erdogan said.

    According to Erdogan, in …

  • Putin commissions Turkish Stream pipeline which will never pay itself off

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan commissioned the Turkish Stream gas pipeline at an opening ceremony on Wednesday.

    As he turned the symbolic valve, Putin put an end to the project which grew out of the wreckage of South Stream, and in which the Kremlin was hoping to see the long-awaited replacement of transit through Ukraine.

    These hopes were in vain. Initially Gazprom was expecting a pipe with four lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion …

  • Erdogan criticizes presence of Russian mercenaries in Libya

    During a press conference with Tunisian President Kais Saied, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed dissatisfaction with the presence of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner private military company in the territory of Libya, reports Anadolu news agency. Erdoğan also said that the Turkish army might be sent to Libya.

    It is noted that the leaders of the countries discussed the situation in Libya, where a civil war has been going on for years, and several parallel governments are …

  • Erdogan accuses Russia and US of violating agreements on Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with the Turkish newspaper HaberTurk that Russia and the United States have not fulfilled their obligations to withdraw Kurdish militia units from areas near the Turkish border.

    According to Erdoğan, Moscow and Washington promised to achieve the withdrawal of Kurdish paramilitary groups from the security zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. "They said that there would be no terrorists in this territory, but they are still there," …

  • Erdogan threatens to reject NATO plan to protect Baltic States

    A day before the NATO’s Leaders Summit in London, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will oppose NATO's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the Alliance does not recognize  as terrorists groups that Turkey deems terrorists.

    Erdoğan said that he had a telephone conversation with Polish President Andrzej Duda, and he had arranged a meeting with him and Baltic leaders in London to discuss the issue.

    "With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there …

  • Erdogan assures Zelensky of Turkey’s support for Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reports the press service of Ukrainian President. During the conversation, the presidents discussed preparation for the next meeting of Ukraine–Turkey High-Level Strategic Council co-chaired by the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey.

    "The Heads of State noted a common commitment to further enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. The parties agreed on the importance of …

  • Kremlin: withdrawal of Kurdish troops in Syria completed ahead of schedule

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart David Tonoyan that the withdrawal of armed Kurdish units from the security zone on the Syrian-Turkish border has been completed ahead of time, reports TASS. According to Shoygu, both Syrian border guards and Russian military police entered these territories.

    On October 22, at the meeting in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed to resolve the military …

  • Russia and Turkey agree on joint patrol in Syria and extension of ceasefire

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that, after almost seven hours of negotiations in Sochi, the Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agreed to extend the ceasefire in Northern Syria for 150 hours (more than six days), reports Deutsche Welle.

    During these 150 hours, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) should withdraw 30 kilometers into Syria.

    Also, Moscow and Ankara will organize joint patrols of the security zone in the Syrian territory along the …

  • Erdogan to discuss with Putin presence of Assad's army in Northern Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin the deployment of the Syrian army in a "security zone" in Northern Syria.

    Urgent talks between Putin and Erdoğan on further steps in the region are scheduled for the next week in Sochi, reports Voice of America.

    Erdoğan warned that Ankara would continue to "implement its plans in Syria" if Turkey and Russia fail to agree on any further steps.

    The Turkish authorities, after talks with the …