Tagged: Turkey

Turkey planning military drills off Cyprus on Sunday

Ankara on Friday issued a navigational telex, or Navtex, reserving a section of Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone, off the island’s coast, for a military exercise on Sunday involving live ammunition, it has emerged. The move by Ankara came just a few hours after a decision by the Cypriot government to designate another three offshore blocks […]

ND blasts Turkey for unacceptable statement against Greek President

Greece’s major opposition party New Democracy (ND) harshly criticised the Turkish Foreign Ministry for its unacceptable and demeaning statement against Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. “The unacceptable statement and the unfounded claims that accompany it reveal irritation and and intention to create tensions”, ND said. ND’s statement continues by stressing that the interpretation of international law […]

Christodoulides: Guterres to discuss Cyprus issue in Turkey

Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has described the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Turkey as important, in statements on Friday. He noted that Guterres’ visit is taking place in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s will to play an active in the process for a Cyprus settlement. In statements to the press, Christodoulides […]

Merkel visits Turkey with ties frayed over fight against terror, free speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey on Thursday for the first time since July’s failed coup, seeking to bolster a relationship frayed by differences over issues from the fight against terrorism to free speech. Merkel is due to hold talks with President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during the one-day visit to Ankara, […]

Turkey says Greece protecting coup plotters after court ruling on soldiers

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Greece was protecting coup plotters and failing in the fight against terrorism after the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers wanted over an attempted putsch. The Greek ruling appears politically motivated, is against international law, and breaches the rights of the victims of the […]

Turkey reacts sternly to Greek Aegean islet plan

In a stern statement late Thursday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu offered Ankara’s first official response to an initiative by Greece’s Deputy Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios for economic development on 28 uninhabited Aegean islets. “We have declared several times that we will not accept possible de facto circumstances that were created by Greek policy […]

The Turkey tutorial to fear

Turkey is sinking ever deeper into trouble at home and abroad. The dangers it faces concern not only its own people, its social cohesion and territorial integrity, but also provide lessons for the rest of the world. The first concerns the ease with which an elected government can slide into authoritarianism when it undermines institutions; […]

Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey murdered in shooting

The Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has been shot and killed while visiting a photo gallery in the Turkish capital. Several other people were reportedly also injured in the attack, a day after protests in Turkey over Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Mr Karlov was taken to hospital to be treated, where he later […]

Hard to comprehend Greek court decision regarding 5 Turkish officers, says Turkey

Turkey was demanding the extradition of the eight Turkish military men who fled to Greece following a failed coup in July, the spokesman of Turkey’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ambassador Huseyin Muftuoglu, said Friday. Responding to a question regarding a Greek appeals court’s dismissal of Turkey’s request for the extradition of five of the eight […]

Athens keeps low profile in face of Erdogan rhetoric

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calls for a review, albeit a partial one, of the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 which set the borders of Greece and Turkey, his use of nationalistic rhetoric and Turkey’s military buildup has raised concerns in Athens. However, the government is reportedly keen on keeping a low profile as it seeks […]

Concern in Athens as MEPs vote to freeze Turkey accession talks

There were concerns in Athens Thursday over the possible repercussions of growing tensions between the European Union and Turkey after EU lawmakers called for a temporary suspension of accession talks with Ankara. The biggest fear is that the rift could lead to the collapse of a deal between Brussels and Ankara to crack down on […]

Cyprus president urges Turkey to help reunification talks

Turkey’s input will be pivotal in overcoming key obstacles preventing a deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus, the island’s president said Friday ahead of crucial talks in Switzerland next week. Nicos Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, says he and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have made significant progress on numerous issues making an envisioned federation workable. […]

Police officer killed in Turkey

A police officer was killed and 10 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a passing police vehicle in the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday, security sources said. The bomb, planted by militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was detonated near the district governor’s office, the security sources said. […]

Turkey ‘must meet conditions’ for visa-free travel, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has insisted that Turkey must fulfill all 72 preconditions before the European Union grants visa-free travel to its citizens. “These 72 conditions have not yet been met, and of course we will insist that agreements are honored by our side and Turkey,” Merkel told private TV network RTL. Turkey has warned […]

Turkey requests return of 8 officers who fled to Greece

Turkey has made a formal request to Greece for the extradition of eight Turkish officers who fled to the neighboring country after last month’s attempted coup, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday. A Justice Ministry file had been delivered to Greece requesting the officers’ return over charges that include breaching the Constitution through the use […]

Turkey formally requests extradition of putschist officers

Turkish authorities have formally requested that Greece extradites the eight Turkish officers who are accused of participating in the recent failed coup against President Erdogan. The prosecutor in Istanbul informed the Ministry of Justice, which in turn has passed on the formal request to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After escaping to Greece, the […]

UNHCR speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the EU-Turkey deal

The head of the UNHCR’s European office Vincent Cochetel expressed his doubts and concerns over the EU-Turkey agreement on immigration, following the failed coup in the country. In an interview for Agence Europe, Mr. Cochetel speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the agreement, since after the failed coup the Turkish officials who acted as […]

Erdogan announces sweeping overhaul of Turkish military

Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the looming overhaul in an interview broadcast by the Turkish TV channel A Haber on Saturday. The changes will significantly affect military education, as all of Turkey’s military schools will be shut down and replaced by a National Defense University that will supply high-skilled military specialists to all three branches […]

Turkey recalls officials from Greek islands

Turkish officials stationed on Greek islands overlooking the implementation of a migrant relocation deal between the European Union and Turkey were ordered to return to Turkey a week ago, sources said. According to the sources, Turkish authorities informed their Greek counterparts that the officials were being recalled from eastern Aegean islands because their passports had […]