Tag: Turkey

Israel has returned to Turkey in all its glory, says new envoy

The muezzin’s call echoes across Ankara. Five days a week, “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) calls emerge through the loudspeakers in the Turkish capital’s mosques. They are well heard in the Israeli Embassy and in the new ambassador’s home as well. For the Muslim country’s 80 million residents, it’s an inseparable part of life and […]

Russia, Turkey and an Assassination

For the moment, the most important thing to say about Monday’s dramatic assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey by a lone gunman is that it has not ruptured relations between the two countries. It might have, given past tensions and Turkey’s dismay at Vladimir Putin’s role in the devastating civil war in Syria. Fortunately, the […]

Russia, Turkey, Iran drawing up ‘roadmap’ to end Syrian crisis

Russia, Iran and Turkey say they are ready to help broker a peace deal to end the almost six-year-long conflict in Syria after meeting in Moscow. Foreign ministers from the three countries met for planned talks in the wake of the assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey in Ankara on Monday. Meanwhile, in Syria, […]

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew parallels […]

Turkey’s EU membership talks ‘must be stopped’

Austria wants the European Union to freeze membership talks with Turkey over Ankara’s massive crackdown following the failed coup. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that the EU “must at least freeze the accession negotiations”. He said: “It is wrong to continue accession negotiations as if nothing negative has happened in Turkey in the last […]

Turkey’s Erdogan: Israel restricting Muslim worship

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem. Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks.   […]

Israel killed thousands in Gaza and Palestine

Despite Turkey’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan struck anything but a conciliatory tone in an interview with Channel 2 journalist Ilana Dayan which aired on Monday evening – his first with an Israeli media outlet since the agreement was announced in June. Though he said that Israel and Turkey had made […]

Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join Shanghai bloc

President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Sunday as saying that Turkey did not need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations. NATO member Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU look more remote than ever after 11 years […]

Turkey is in talks with Russia about purchasing an air missile defense system

Turkey is in talks with Russia on the potential purchase of S-400 air missile defense systems, Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday, adding that Ankara was also in touch with other countries on missile defense. Russia’s stance on the issue has so far been positive Isik said. After cancelling last year a $3.4 […]

Turkey’s President Erdogan: I don’t care if they call me a dictator

Speaking after international condemnation following the arrest of two leaders of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and 11 other MPs from the group on Friday, Mr Erdogan accused Europe of aiding terrorism by supporting Kurdish militants. “Europe, as a whole, is abetting terrorism. Even though they declared the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] a terrorist […]