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President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Wednesday sought to send another firm message to Ankara amid increasingly hostile rhetoric from across the Aegean as a Greek military readiness exercise got under way in the southern Aegean. “Greece will strongly support its borders and those of Europe,” ...
Unable to obtain the blessing it wanted from Washington, Ankara has now shifted its focus to Tell Rifaat and seems to be heading toward cooperation with Russia. Officials in top Turkish echelons repeat that Turkey's cooperation with Russia in northern Syria is stronger than its cooperation with the United ...

U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Tina Kaidanow, who heads the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. State Department, arrived in Ankara yesterday to present Washington's offer on the purchase of Patriot missile systems. The senior U.S. official has reportedly landed in the Turkish capital ...
The third round of Turkey-Pakistan consultations on the UN related matters were held in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by Pakistan's Embassy in Ankara, the two sides discussed issues ranging from the UN Security Council reforms to human rights and ...
Top diplomats from Turkey and the United States are working hard to bridge the deep gulf between the two NATO allies. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tina Kaidanow is in Ankara for talks this week, while Turkey's top diplomat, Umit Yalcin, will visit Washington this weekend. However, the effort may be ...
However, the statements coming out of Ankara Tuesday – aside from the ruling by the Turkish prosecutor – are seen as a clear indication of its intentions following the summit which did little to improve EU-Turkey relations. With both sides outlining their differences, relations between Brussels and Ankara ...

The EU has allocated only $1.85 billion from the first tranche of the two promised installments of 3 billion euros, Erdoğan said, and added that Ankara expects the funds to be allocated without the involvement of third parties directly to Turkish humanitarian institutions such as the Red Crescent and the ...
Disy said the EU had shown solidarity with Cyprus over Turkey's violation of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). “The European Union has sent a clear message to Ankara that there can be no progress in EU-Turkish relations without respect for the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus,” the party said.
U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticized Turkey for "large numbers" of detentions for social media postings criticizing the Turkish-led military operation into Syria against a Kurdish militia. The report claimed the "crackdown violates the right to peaceful expression." Ankara is facing ...
Washington has given Ankara an ultimatum as regards the latter's decision to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles worth 2.5 billion dollars, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. If Ankara proceeds with the sale, it will not receive 5th generation F-35 stealth fighters from the US, according to the ...
Washington and Ankara need to step back from the brink before it is too late. The United States and Turkey still need each other to help stabilize a Middle East that is in turmoil. And with Turkish democracy already imperiled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's autocratic turn, a breakup with the United ...
Three of the men in the video appear to be armed. The video also shows the arrival of security forces at the military facility. On Friday a Greek appeals court is hear Turkey's third appeal for the extradition of the eight servicemen. Ankara claims to have new evidence incriminating the men in participation in ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – US President Donald Trump's nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State after his firing of Rex Tillerson has added to doubts about the future of Turkey's already tense relations with Washington. During a visit to Moscow, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on ...
The metropolitan municipality of the Turkish capital Ankara has decided to cut the parking fees to 1 lira for 24 hours. “In order to develop the habit of using parking lots among citizens and for a better traffic flow we have reduced the parking fees. In all of the parking areas that belong to the municipality and ...
The normalization process between Ankara and some European Union member states seems to be working, a high-level EU official said. "Turkey reaching out to Germany and Austria is working well. The relationship efforts are paying off" the high-level official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity ...
The State Department has pushed back amid concerted efforts to repair relations with Ankara that have steadily deteriorated over US support for Kurdish militants in Syria and the Gulen saga, among other things. As of the beginning of this week, Congress was reportedly swayed by the State Department's ...
Turkey stands out among the Western allies by far the least tolerant of peaceful dissent. Although for various reasons it doesn't seem to have registered with democratic governments, Turkey stands out among the Western allies by far the least tolerant of peaceful dissent and the most aggressive against ...

It was reported that soon after the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, Ankara sent out requests for approximately 60,000 Turkish citizens abroad to be rounded up by Interpol and extradited. The requests were rejected but that did not deter Ankara from pursuing its endeavours even if this time on a ...
Earlier this week, head of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe Curtis Scaparrotti said that the United States hoped that Turkey would change its decision on Russian S-400 systems and warned that Ankara might face consequences over the move. "Let those who criticize us for ...
Some commentators think Turkish Cyprus's new four-way coalition government will be short-lived. Once the required legislative changes have been made, they said, together with probes into alleged misuses of power and corruption during the previous National Unity Party (UBP) governments, the ...
With Greece monitoring Turkey's next moves with regard to the two Greek soldiers that it detained last week, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Thursday, in a clear nod to Ankara, that he wants peace and cooperation on the domestic level and in “the fragile neighborhood in Southeastern Europe.”
The U.K.'s top envoy to Ankara has praised Turkey's efforts in tackling the refugee crisis, saying Turkey set an example for other countries. “Because of Turkey's amazingly generous response to the civil war in Syria, in the last five years, Turkey has changed from being a transit country to a destination hub ...
ANKARA, March 7 (KUNA) -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Greece Wednesday to respect international law and borders, and to refrain from rhetoric. Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hami Aksoy said they "invite President Pavlopoulos to respect international law and our borders, and to refrain from a ...
Ankara is not ready for normalization of relations with Yerevan Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in his remarks at the National Security Council sitting convened by President Serzh Sargsyan. He noted that “the vocal statements of the Turkish side on the readiness to, so called, historical ...
Cracks appeared again in the alliance of convenience between Turkey and Russia last week following Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's call on Ankara and Damascus to sort out their differences over Afrin through dialogue. The call ruffled feathers in Ankara and prompted pro-government and ...
A new sign displaying the new and controversial name of the road that hosts the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was hung on Feb. 19. Previously known as “Nevzat Tandoğan Road,” “Olive Branch Road” now pays homage to “Operation Olive Branch,” Turkey's ongoing military campaign against the U.S.-backed ...
Wrapping up a two day visit to Ankara this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the end of the crisis in U.S.-Turkish relations: "We're going to act together from this point forward. We're going to lock arms. We're going to work through the issues that are causing difficulties for us and we're going ...
I would doubt this,” said professor Huseyin Bagci of Ankara's Middle East Technical University. “Every day, there are coffins, with politicians running from one funeral to another. It will not be easy in the long run for them.” Operation Olive Branch was launched more than three weeks ago to battle the YPG ...
Turkey-Iran relations have recently improved, but Tehran is seen to be increasingly concerned about the lack of clarity on the scope and duration of the Turkish military operation and Ankara's goals. "We wish for Turkey's operation in Syria to end at the earliest time," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told ...
Four Iraqi nationals with suspected links to the Islamic State group were arrested in connection with an investigation into threats against the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkish state media reported Monday. Two were stopped on a bus en route to Ankara, while two others were held in the northern province of ...
The marchers mainly came from a women's rights-focused NGO called Ankara Women's Platform. They reportedly held aloft banners, including one that read “we are getting stronger in solidarity.” The disrupted protest in Ankara coincided with another march in Istanbul, where around 1,500 women ...
The spokesman stressed that ongoing communication between Ankara, Moscow and Tehran had “contributed positively” to resolving issues of contention, establishing security in Syria and combating terrorism. “We disagree with Turkey's point-of-view on certain issues, but we are in agreement on many ...
The Turkish government wants the Czech authorities to extradite a Syrian Kurdish leader detained this weekend at Ankara's request to face terror charges in Turkey, it said on Sunday (25 February). “Our wish is that he is extradited,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said after the arrest in Prague of ...
Cracks appeared again in the alliance of convenience between Turkey and Russia last week following Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's call on Ankara and Damascus to sort out their differences over Afrin through dialogue. The call ruffled feathers in Ankara and prompted pro-government and ...
Ankara was not involved in any diplomatic talk or process with the U.S. regarding Afrin, northwestern Syria, Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. In a statement, the ministry said: "The claim made yesterday by the spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Defense that Turkey and the U.S. are conducting ...
The spokesman stressed that ongoing communication between Ankara, Moscow and Tehran had “contributed positively” to resolving issues of contention, establishing security in Syria and combating terrorism. “We disagree with Turkey's point-of-view on certain issues, but we are in agreement on many ...
The Turkish government wants the Czech authorities to extradite a Syrian Kurdish leader detained this weekend at Ankara's request to face terror charges in Turkey, it said on Sunday (25 February). “Our wish is that he is extradited,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said after the arrest in Prague of ...
Ankara, Feb. 22 (Petra)- The Jordanian Ambassador to Turkey, Ismail Rifai, received at the embassy on Thursday chairman and members of the Council of Turkish-Jordanian Relations in the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK). During the meeting, the envoy highlighted the Kingdom's investment opportunities and ...
An event dedicated to the 26th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide was held in Turkey's capital of Ankara. The event was held by the Azerbaijani embassy in Turkey together with Ankara municipality, Trend reports. Adviser to the Turkish president Yalcin Topcu, MP from the ruling Justice and Development ...
ANKARA: The 13th meeting of Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) was held in Ankara from February 19 to 23. The Pakistan delegation was led by Defense Secretary Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zamir-ul-Hasan Shah while the Turkish delegation was led by Turkish General Staff Deputy Chief ...
ISTANBUL, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's strong reaction against the entry of pro-Damascus forces into Afrin, where Turkish troops are fighting Kurdish militia, has to do with concerns that the move could undermine Ankara's plans at home and in Syria, according to analysts. Damascus' involvement in Afrin ...
Ankara prosecutors issued arrest warrants on Wednesday for 47 former teachers who used to work at schools controlled by FETO, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, according to a judicial source. The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) schools where the ex-teachers used to work ...
ANKARA (AA) - The Bangladesh's embassy in Ankara on Wednesday organized an event to mark the International Mother Language Day and to commemorate the martyrs of Bengali Language movement in 1952. Organized by the Embassy of Bangladesh, diplomatic missions of eight countries staged ...
A new sign displaying the new and controversial name of the road that hosts the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was hung on Feb. 19. Previously known as “Nevzat Tandoğan Road,” “Olive Branch Road” now pays homage to “Operation Olive Branch,” Turkey's ongoing military campaign against the U.S.-backed ...
Marianna Charountaki: I think it would be interesting to say that the US in the way they operate at the moment, they need to keep Ankara in check. Considering the dichotomy that Middle Eastern regions identify by. This is possibly clear also through the US stance of not really interfering directly in the Turkish ...
It is positive that Washington is going to Ankara this week. Engagement by America's three most senior national security officials with their Turkish counterparts in the same week sends a strong signal about the seriousness with which the United States takes this relationship. At the same time, U.S. officials ...
Athens toughened up its stance on Turkish action in the eastern Aegean, with the foreign minister and the government spokesman making it clear to Ankara that Greece's response to another incident will not be peaceful. Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in an interview on Alpha TV late on Thursday that ...
“The demonstration is taking place near the Ankara Palace hotel, where the press conference of Tillerson and Cavusoglu will be held. “We have 150 people. We did not get the permission to hold a rally from the Ankara mayor's office. “The police used tear gas against us, but I cannot say that they are trying ...
Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic will be travelling to Ankara today and until Friday for consultations with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. The U.S. officials will be joined by several more of their ...
Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland held a series of high-level meetings in Ankara yesterday to discuss the thorny issues and restore the battered ties between the two sides. As relations between Turkey and the CoE have been strained following the latter's decision to reintroduce ...


 

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