Posts Tagged ‘ankara’

Why Washington Cannot Rein Ankara Back in the Western Orbit

While there is a lot of enthusiasm in the Joe Biden led Washington regarding reining Ankara back in the US-led western alliance, it remains that the wedge that today exists between the two countries may be too wide for Biden and Erdogan to fill through their leveraging their ‘old friendship.’ For one thing, Turkey’s troubled […]

Where Will Ankara’s Attempts at Geopolitical Balancing Lead?

Today, when Turkey is experiencing serious difficulties in its relations with many countries of the Western world, primarily the United States and the EU, as well as the Middle East, Turkish President Erdogan is trying to pursue a policy of a circus tightrope walker in order not only to get to “solid ground”, but also […]

‘Hindering peace & stability’: Ankara summons US envoy as it fumes over Biden recognizing Armenian Genocide

Turkey has summoned the US ambassador to the country, blasting US President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a threat to shaky regional peace, while denying him the moral right to “judge historical matters.” Ankara took aim at Biden’s decision to recognize the Armenian Genocide on Saturday. The Turkish Foreign Ministry argued that […]

EU chiefs to visit Turkey amid tensions over Ankara’s crackdown on Kurdish-supporting party

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel have announced they will visit Turkey on April 6, amid tensions over Ankara’s crackdown on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). The trip to Turkey, where the two EU leaders are set to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was announced by the […]

Ankara likely to cooperate with US after sanctions- analysts

Turkey on Monday condemned US sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapon systems as a “grave mistake” and threatened to retaliate over a move it said would harm ties between the NATO allies.>>For more stories visit The Media Line Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the sanctions were illegitimate and showed arrogance toward […]

Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

The Media Line — The world is turning the page on the Trump Administration and getting ready for the Joe Biden presidency. While many world leaders are breathing a sigh of relief that Donald Trump will soon exit the White House, a few like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are bracing for a stormy four […]

Turkey changes course: Ankara looks to rebuild ties as domestic woes mount

It’s a vital NATO member state and an aspiring member of the European Union. But in recent years, Turkey has taken an often aggressive stand toward its European allies — while its ties with Moscow grew closer. Now with domestic troubles mounting, President Erdogan is once again looking West. Famously having links to both Asia […]

WATCH: 28-story tower ablaze in Turkey’s Ankara

Sounds Healing

The blaze broke out on Monday evening local time at the site in the business district of Sogutozu. The fire started on the fifth floor, according to local reports, and eyewitness footage shows the lower part of the building enveloped by thick black smoke. The flames quickly spread up the exterior of the tall tower. […]

Flash flood strikes again in Ankara, Turkey – 2nd such event in 2 weeks

     A mass clean up operation is underway after heavy rainfall caused parts of Ankara to flood. Roads turned into rivers as rain came down on the Turkish capital city. Dramatic footage showed people standing on top of their vehicles waiting for help. The flood waters damaged local shops causing severe damage. Firefighters have been […]

"Fuck Turkey": Netanyahu Son’s Message to Ankara Over Gaza Massacre

That was the message the Israeli prime minister’s son gave to the world, as a state-level row with Ankara over Israel’s killing of 62 Palestinians on Monday descended into the bawdiest of insults. Yair Netanyahu posted the message on Instagram on Wednesday, as Israel and Turkey expelled each other’s top diplomats after Ankara’s […]

Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT Haber on Thursday, referring to the recent spike in violence in the Gaza Strip. Ankara is now looking at what legal action […]

Senior Iranian official in Ankara to meet President Erdogan

IRNA – Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi arrived in Ankara at the head of a high-ranking delegation on Wednesday to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Vaezi is to meet with President Erdogan at the venue of Turkey Justice and Development Party in Ankara on Wednesday noon. Turkey’s news network ‘NTV’ said the […]

Ties too strong: Turkey dismisses Macron claim that Ankara and Moscow ‘separated’ over Syria strikes

Macron on Sunday defended his decision to use military force together with the US and the UK against Syria. The pretext for the Friday night attack was the claim that Damascus used chemical weapons against civilians in the capital’s suburb of Douma a week prior to the Western raids. Macron claims he convinced Trump to […]

Presidential aide hails tripartite Ankara summit

Anadolu Agency– Turkey’s presidential spokesman described the recently concluded trilateral summit in Ankara as an “important step to clear Syria from all terrorist elements”. On April 4, Turkey hosted a tripartite summit on Syria. In a joint statement following the summit, leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran agreed to fight separatism in Syria. They also […]

Photos: President Rouhani meets Russian counterpart in Ankara

How an Oklahoman is scoring goals in Iran Al-Monitor | Holly Dagres: Teenage Iranian girls, in conservative soccer uniforms, screamed for joy and chanted, “Iran! Iran!” The video of the… Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2018/04/04/photos-president-rouhani-meets-russian-counterpart-in-ankara/ 00

Photos: President Rouhani meets Turkish counterpart in Ankara

How an Oklahoman is scoring goals in Iran Al-Monitor | Holly Dagres: Teenage Iranian girls, in conservative soccer uniforms, screamed for joy and chanted, “Iran! Iran!” The video of the… Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2018/04/04/photos-president-rouhani-meets-turkish-counterpart-in-ankara/ 00

President Rouhani leaves for Ankara

IRNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left Tehran for Ankara, Turkey on Tuesday to participate in Iran-Russia-Turkey trio summit. President Rouhani is scheduled to attend the 2nd round of Tehran-Moscow-Ankara trilateral talks on Syria, Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili earlier said. The trip is upon an official invitation […]

FM Zarif arrives in Ankara

IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Ankara on Tuesday afternoon to attend a trilateral meeting on Syria. Iran, Syria and Russia will attend the trilateral meeting on Syria at expert, Foreign ministerial and presidential levels today and tomorrow in the capital city of Ankara. The second round of […]

President Rouhani due in Ankara April 3

IRNA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to visit Ankara, Turkey on April 3 to participate in Iran-Russia-Turkey trio summit. Rouhani is scheduled to attend the 2nd round of Tehran-Moscow-Ankara trilateral talks on Syria, Iranian president’s deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili said. The trip is upon an official invitation […]

Don’t Even Try: Ankara vows response to possible US sanctions over S-400 deal

“If it [the United States] wants to punish Turkey with sanctions, Turkey will react in another way, not like Russia or other states… We will respond. You cannot threaten us. The United States threatens many countries saying ‘Do not buy gas of one or another country.’ That does not work,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Zeit Online. Turkey along with […]

Ankara considers joint op with Baghdad against Iraqi Kurds – FM

Speaking to CNN Turk, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Ankara’s own operation against Syrian Kurdish militias in the Afrin region would be completed by May. Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum illegitimate – Tillerson Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria were allied with the US-led coalition, which rallied them for operations targeting the jihadist forces of the […]

US Closes Embassy In Ankara Following Unspecified "Terror Threat"

US intelligence has discovered that a shadowy group within Turkey is plotting an attack targeting the US embassy or other places US citizens might stay, prompting the State Department to keep the embassy closed to the public – at least for the time being. The embassy advised US citizens traveling in Turkey to […]

Turkey, Russia have no disagreements over Ankara’s Afrin operation – Erdogan

“We have no disagreements with Russia over Afrin. In Idlib, a process of setting up the observation posts is underway. At the moment, we have already created eight such posts. A tripartite summit (Russia-Turkey-Iran), similar to the Sochi one, is planned to take place in Istanbul in the future. There, we will have an opportunity to assess and discuss all the issues,” Erdogan said during the […]

US ‘destroying grounds for peace’ with Jerusalem embassy move in May – Ankara

US to open new embassy in Jerusalem in May – State Department In a statement released on its website, the ministry accused the United States of disregarding resolutions passed by the United Nations and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which condemned the proposed embassy move. “The US government’s announcement that it will move its […]

Tillerson in Ankara pledges limited weapon supplies to SDF, says Manbij ‘priority’ in Syria

Rex Tillerson tried to reassure Ankara over US’s involvement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), much of which is comprised of Kurdish YPG, which is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization. “We take it seriously when our NATO ally says it has security concerns,” Tillerson said at a joint news conference with his Turkish […]

‘Small possibility’ that US & Ankara will come face-to-face in Manbij – Turkish deputy PM

Afrin knot: How the battle for a small Kurdish enclave could be the death knell for US-Turkey ties Turkey will also continue to use the airspace across Afrin region in northern Syria, where it recently launched Operation ‘Olive Branch’, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told Reuters in an interview. At the same time, he says, […]

Blow to NATO? Moscow & Ankara sign S-400 air defense system deal, Turkish media report

The deal was signed in the Turkish capital, Ankara on Friday, local media report. Previously it was announced that the delivery of the S-400 Triumf systems was scheduled to start in late 2019 or early 2020. Earlier this week, Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said the two countries sorted out the remaining details behind the […]

UAE: Arabs ‘Won’t be Led by Ankara’ – As Retweet Further Divides Regional Relations

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan faces off against UAE minster Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahayan in latest Twitter war. This latest diplomatic spat between newly formed Turkey-Qatar-Iran alliance and the US-backed Saudi-UAE-Israel (tentatively with Egypt on board) axis power bloc – is indicative of where some of the regional fault lines are at present. You can […]

Washington isolated, so it’s resorting to threats – Ankara before UN General Assembly meeting

“We expect strong support at the UN vote, but we see that the United States, which was left alone, is now resorting to threats. No honorable, dignified country would bow down to this pressure,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before leaving Istanbul with his Palestinian counterpart for the emergency meeting in New York on […]

Moscow, Ankara, Tehran form true anti-terrorist coalition – Russian lawmaker

TASS– Moscow, Ankara and Tehran have managed to form a true anti-terrorist coalition through well-coordinated work, Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky told reporters. While commenting on the three countries summit in Sochi, he said that it “has shown that Russia, Turkey and Iran have […]

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