Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for petty… Please follow and like us:

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GREECE – TURKEY – Turkish, Greek leaders seek PR boost on historic – and tricky – visit

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first Turkish head of state to visit Greece in more than six decades on Thursday in a landmark trip that quickly exposed long-held historical grievances. Erdogan’s two-day visit got off to a rocky start when Turkish jets accompanying his plane were headed off by Greek aircraft upon entering the country’s… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan: US Jerusalem move puts region in ring of fire

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it would throw this region into “a ring of fire”. “Taking such a step throws particularly this region into a ring of fire. What would you like to do [with this step], Mr Trump? What kind of… Please follow and like us:

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Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader on Wednesday hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, ahead of United… Please follow and like us:

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EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget

An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara’s commitment to democracy and human rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkey’s stalled bid to join the bloc, following mass-scale arrests in the country since the… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan calls on Russia, US to pull troops out of Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested Russia and the US should pull their troops out of war-torn Syria after their leaders – Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump – said there was “no military solution” to the country’s long-running conflict. “I am having trouble understanding these comments,” Erdogan was quoted by reporters as saying on Monday… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan: US is being governed by ambassador in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised Washington for coming under the influence of the US ambassador in Ankara over a visa dispute, which has strained relations between the between the two allies. Erdogan reiterated his opinion that US Ambassador John Bass was behind the decision to suspend non-immigrant visa services in Turkey in a speech… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan in the Balkans: A neo-Ottoman quest?

The return of historic empires has long been a favourite theme in Western pundits’ writings on the Balkans. The crisis-ridden EU is losing ground, we are told, and Russia and Turkey are filling in the gap. “Neo-Ottomanism” is on everyone’s lips while Strategic Depth, Ahmet Davutoglu’s treatise making a case for a proactive foreign policy that… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan: US decision to halt Turkey visa ‘saddening’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the US embassy’s decision to suspend all non-immigrant visa applications was very, very “saddening”, as he justified the tit-for-tat response by Ankara. “For the (US) ambassador in Ankara to take a decision like this, to put it into practice, is saddening,” Erdogan said in a joint news conference… Please follow and like us:

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US-Turkey Tensions Escalate Over Russian Missile Deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed U.S. concerns about his government’s recent decision to buy an S-400 missile defense system from Russia. In a speech Wednesday to mayors from his ruling AK Party, Erdogan said of the U.S., “They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do? Wait for… Please follow and like us:

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Russia: No US Coalition Jets Allowed in Syrian De-Escalation Zones

Russia says the proposed “de-escalation” zones in Syria will be closed to aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition. Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia’s envoy to the peace talks in Kazakhstan, said Friday in remarks covered by Russian media that “the operation of aviation in the de-escalation zones, especially of the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged,… Please follow and like us:

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US Secretary of State to Discuss Russian ‘Aggression’ With NATO 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he will discuss “Russia’s aggression in Ukraine” when he meets with NATO allies Friday. Upon arrival in Brussels, the top U.S. diplomat said he sees three important areas to discuss: NATO’s resources for its mission, the organization’s fight against terrorism, including Islamic State, and NATO’s posture in Europe, “most… Please follow and like us:

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