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  • Pentagon demands explanation from Turkey over plans to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

    Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis stated at a briefing that Turkey needs to explain its intention to acquire Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

    "Turkey is a NATO ally, and one of the cornerstone things we like to have with any of our allies…. is the ability to have equipment that interoperates," said Davis. "The reports of the S-400, and Turkey's purchase of that…Turkey would need to explain that for itself," he added.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in turn, said that he sees …

  • Pentagon doubts that Turkey would purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia

    The reports on Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems (ADMS) are false, according to General Joseph Dunford, the US Army Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a security conference in the city of Aspen. The video of the speech was posted on YouTube.

    According to Dunford, the US pays great attention to relations with Turkey. “I've been to Turkey about 12 times over the past year,” he said. The General stressed that relations with Turkey are “critical” for the US, …

  • Kyiv: Coal from the separatist-held areas of Donbas may be exported to Turkey

    The coal mined in along the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine can be delivered to Turkey through Russia, as announced by the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Igor Nasalik.

    "The ministry appealed to the embassies of eight countries where coal from the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation in the Donbas) zone has previously been sold, so far, the most problematic destination is Turkey," the minister said.

    According to him, the Ukrainians are working with the embassy in Turkey and the …

  • Kremlin: Turkey to take loan from Russia to purchase S-400 missile systems

    A portion of the funds for Turkey’s purchase of an S-400 system from Russia will apparently be taken on loan from Russia, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov told reporters on Tuesday.

    “The discussion of technical matters is complete, but it is still necessary to deal with purely administrative matters. On the one hand, the Turkish government needs to make a decision, and on the other hand, we must make [it]. But there is also the financial question: the Turkish authorities are holding negotiations …

  • Turkey signed a memorandum on delivery of missile defense systems with Eurosam concern

    Turkey has signed an agreement of cooperation with Franco-Italian concern Eurosam to develop its own anti-missile defense complexes. At the same time, negotiations with the Russian Federation on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems still continue, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said.

    "Today, our defense industry department signed a memorandum with Eurosam on the development of a national missile defense system, to be done in cooperation with France and Italy," Hurriyet  newspaper …

  • Ankara: Turkey will stand up for the rights of Crimean residents

    Turkey will stand for the rights of Crimea’s residents and the Crimean Tatars, stated Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız at a conference dedicated to the reforms in Ukraine, Anadolu news agency reports.

    Yıldız expressed confidence that despite the tense situation in the Crimea and the Donbas, Ukraine will become stronger. He also emphasized the significance of implementing the Minsk agreements.

    “This agreement, despite the discontent over the process of its implementation, still …

  • Russia, Iran and Turkey failed to agree on security zones in Syria

    As reported by diplomats on Wednesday, Russia, Turkey and Iran could not come to an agreement on zones of de-escalation of violence in Syria during the talks in Kazakhstan.

    Russia and Iran, who support the Syrian President Bashar Assad, agreed to cooperate with Turkey, which provides assistance to the insurgents, in order to create four zones of "de-escalation" in the war-ravaged country.

    The country-participants of the negotiations hoped to come to an agreement by the end of August, before …

  • Russian Foreign Minister announces a new meeting on Syria in Astana

    According to RIA News, Sergey Lavrov, the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, announced that the next meeting on Syria would be held in Astana on July 10th.

    According to him, the special representative of the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Staffan de Mistura will participate in the event.

    “It was at this meeting that the parties agreed to finalize the agreement on the specific parameters of the modalities for ensuring the regime exists in the de-escalation zones …

  • Media: Germany gave Ankara two weeks to resolve the Incirlik military base conflict

    The German government has set a two week deadline for Ankara to resolve the conflict over the access of Bundestag deputies to the Incirlik NATO base in Turkey, as reported by Spiegel Online news website. If the matter is not resolved, Germany will withdraw its tanker aircraft and Tornado fighters from the base.

    According to Spiegel, the federal government intends to withdraw the planes from the Incirlik only after holding talks with the Turkish authorities. Neither the German Foreign Ministry …

  • Ukrainians can now use state-issued ID cards to enter Turkey

    Turkey has officially introduced a visa-free policy with Ukraine which allows holders of state issued ID-cards to enter the country instead of general civil passports. The official policy text was published in Resmi Gazete (Official Government Gazette of the Republic of Turkey).

    According to the new rules, citizens of Ukraine and Turkey who use the ID-cards instead of passports will be able to cross the Ukrainian-Turkish border without visas and stay in the country for up to 90 days during a 18 …