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  • Turkey and Israel expel each other’s diplomats because of the violence in the Gaza Strip

    Turkey and Israel each expelled the other country’s high-ranking diplomats on Tuesday because of a dispute over the killing of 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip during protests against the moving of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

    According to Reuters, the Turkish leadership ordered Israeli ambassadors to leave the country.

    “Turkey was one of the loudest critics of both Israel’s reaction to protests in the Gaza Strip and the moving of the U.S. Embassy. It recalled its …

  • Turkey threatens US with sanctions over S-400 missile systems

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu promised that Ankara would take countermeasures against the United States in the event that Washington enacts sanctions against it for the purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems.

    This week, the minister intends to visit Washington, where he will discuss U.S. threats to block the delivery of F-35 fighters if Turkey acquires the Russian anti-aircraft missile systems.

    “We need a way to protect our airspace - urgently. If you are not going to sell them …

  • Ankara: Turkey will purchase Russian S-400 missile systems despite the threat of US sanctions

    Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that Turkey has decided to go ahead with plans to purchase the S-400 Air Defense Systems from Russia despite sanctions imposed by the United States, Radio Liberty reports.

    Cavusoglu stressed that the purchase agreement worth 2.5 billion dollars was signed in December and cannot be revised. According to him, Russia is “accelerating the process” of delivering the Russian missile system, as requested by Ankara.

    “We have completed the deal for …

  • Turkey decides to work together with US in Syria

    Turkey will operate together with the United States in Syrian city of Manbij, as stated by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    The Foreign Minister also added that Ankara is considering a "lucrative offer" to purchase a Patriot system from the US.

    A day earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that Turkey had agreed to cooperate with Italy and France on the purchase of air defense systems and had also discussed the possibility of acquiring similar …

  • 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 …

  • Turkey welcomes coalition strikes on Syria

    The Turkish government issued an official statement welcoming the operation of the countries of the international coalition in Syria and calling it "a manifestation of the conscience of mankind," reports the agency Anadolu.

    Turkey states that the international community had "serious grounds" to accuse the regime of Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons against the civilian population.

    "The list of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by the regime of Bashar al-Assad during …

  • Turkish prime minister urges Putin and Trump to stop 'street fight' over Syria

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım asked the presidents of Russia and the US to stop their “street fight” over Syria, Deutsche Welle reports.

    “They are behaving like street ruffians, but who will have to pay for it? The civilian population,” Anadolu cites the prime minister as saying. “What are they doing? They are threatening each other with tweets on Twitter,” the politician emphasized.

    Yıldırım warned that “now is not the time for rivalry”. Instead, we must “heal the regional wounds …

  • 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 …

  • Turkey ready to send peacekeepers to Donbas

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko discussed with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu the situation in the Donbas, expounding on the idea of introducing the UN peacekeeping mission to the region.

    "President Petro Poroshenko informed Turkey about the situation in the Donbas. In addition, an exchange of views took place on the situation in the Crimea occupied by Russia. They discussed the release of Ukrainian political prisoners from …

  • Media: Ankara negotiates with Moscow the purchase of Kornet anti-tank missile systems

    On Sunday, Yeni Safak newspaper reported that Turkey is negotiating with Russia for the possible purchase of Kornet anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGM). The newspaper notes that negotiations also concern the possibility of providing technical maintenance for the ATGMs, which are already in service with the Turkish Armed Forces.

    Ankara also plans to purchase from Moscow equipment for infantry and vehicles. Both sides are also discussing potential cooperation in improving the armor of …