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  • Erdogan complains that US puts pressure on Turkey because of purchase of Russian S-400 missiles systems

    US authorities have been pressuring Turkey to refuse purchasing Russian S-400 missile systems, stated the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

    “Everyone knows that American leadership puts a lot of pressure on us concerning this issue,” Erdoğan said, as quoted by RIA Novosti. 

    Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Alliance is discussing alternatives to S-400 systems with Turkey. NATO has suggested Italian or …

  • Media: US will not sell Patriot air defense systems to Turkey if Ankara buys Russian S-400 missile systems

    The United States will not supply Turkey with the Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems if Ankara acquires Russian S-400s, Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Şafak reported on Thursday with a reference to a representative of the US administration.

    It became known in December that the State Department approved the sale of missile systems to Turkey for $ 3.5 billion. In particular, the State Department approved the sale of 80 Patriot missiles and 60 other missiles to Turkey, including related …

  • Turkey blocks Russian oil takers en route to Europe

    Shipments of Russian oil to Europe through the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea continue to face difficulties due to Turkey’s decision to change the rules for ships passing through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, finanz.ru reports.

    The congestion of Russian oil tankers and grain carriers departing from Novorossiysk keeps growing, and is reaching all-time records.

    On 6 February, 55 ships were waiting for permission to enter the Turkish straits, including 26 Aframax-class and 21 Suezmax-class …

  • Ankara: Turkey does not recognize the annexation of Crimea and will defend Crimean Tatars

    Turkey supports the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine's borders and will protect Crimean Tatars, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Odessa.

     “Taking this opportunity, I want to stress once again that we support the territorial integrity and inviolability of the borders of Ukraine. We condemn the annexation of the Crimea and have never recognized it. Today we emphasized once again that we …

  • Kyiv: Turkey pledges ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in assistance to Ukrainian Army

    Turkey will provide special assistance in the amount of tens of millions of dollars to the Armed forces of Ukraine, stated Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at a meeting with Turkish colleague Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Odessa, UNN news agency reported. According to the Ukrainian Minister, they had a very good conversation on the security in the Black Sea region.

    "Our Turkish friends will provide special assistance to our Armed Forces and it will be a serious help in the coming years. It is …

  • Turkey: Russia proposed to conduct joint operation in Syria

    The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, stated that Russia offered Turkey to conduct a joint operation in the de-escalation zone in Idlib against the militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the backbone of which is made up of Nusrah militants.

    According to Çavuşoğlu, Turkey has completed preparation for the operation in Syria

    “Russians are offering a joint operation, they say that we have to get rid of them [the militants],” said Çavuşoğlu in an interview with the Hurriyet …

  • Russia in first place in the number of lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights

    Russia and Turkey lead in the number of lawsuits filed against these countries in the European Court of Human Rights. Russia leads Turkey twofold.

    In 2018, Russia, led by a large margin in the number of lawsuits filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). As reported by the ECHR chairman Guido Raimondi there were 12150 complaints filed against the Russian Federation. Turkey is in second place with 6700. In total, last year 43000 lawsuits were received by the court.

    Russia leads in the …

  • Putin expects TurkStream pipeline to be launched by the end of 2019

    Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the land section of TurkStream will be ready as planned before the end of 2019. 

    "We hope that the work on laying the land part [of the TurkStream pipeline] will be conducted in the same quick manner, so as to launch the gas pipeline as planned before the end of this year," said the Russian President at a press conference following the Russia-Turkey negotiations. 

    “The joint strategic cooperation is being successfully carried out on the largest …

  • Ukraine buys combat drones from Turkey

    Following negotiations between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Kyiv has signed an agreement with Ankara to buy a batch of Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, Ukrainan President Poroshenko announced on Facebook. 

    “These latest strike drones on the operative and tactical level, aside from the high-tech characteristics, can also be extended with modern precision missile weaponry for destroying armored vehicles, engineering and fortification buildings, as well as …

  • Turkey wants to invite Russia and Iran to monitor withdrawal of US troops from Syria

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke about the need to exercise joint control with Russia and Iran over the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria. 

    “The United States faces some difficulties withdrawing the US troops from Syria. We want to coordinate this process together with Russia and Iran, with whom we have been working in the framework of the Astana process,” the minister said as reported by NTV TV channel. The Foreign Minister spoke about the need for coordination to prevent …