Mar 5 2015 - 17:30
The Turkish parliamentary committee on international affairs has approved the military cooperation agreement signed with Qatar, allowing Turkey to deploy forces on the territory of Qatar in the Persian Gulf and forces of Qatar in Turkey, said Berat Jonkar, a member of the committee, TASS reports.The document also stipulates exchange of military specialists, joint drills and development of industry. It is unrelated to the recent agreement with the U.S. to train Syrian opposition.
Mar 5 2015 - 13:02
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Turkey will visit Ashgabat for a summit on the promotion of the Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline project (TANAP) and the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, a joint statement of the presidents of Turkey and Turkmenistan - Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.
Mar 4 2015 - 16:12
Turkey and Turkmenistan signed a package of bilateral documents as part of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s official visit to Turkey. The signing ceremony took place following talks between President Berdimuhamedov and his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Mar 4 2015 - 14:35
A court has fined Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan for calling a monument to Armenian-Turkish friendship a “monstrosity” and ruled that Erdogan must pay 10,000 liras to Mehmet Aksoy, the sculptor of 'Monument to Humanity', Hurriyet Daily News reports. When serving as Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the monument to Armenian-Turkish friendship “monstrous” during a visit to the Kars region in 2011.
Mar 3 2015 - 21:18
Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Tanzu Bilgic has clarified that warnings to pilots about military drills on the Aegean Sea, including Greek territories, from March 1 to December 31, 2015, have been lifted, RIA Novosti reports.No new zones will be declared throughout the period, he said. The latest NOTAM message contained incorrect coordinates. Bilgic reminded that Ankara had invited Athens to mark zones dangerous for flights together, but to no avail.
Mar 3 2015 - 20:07
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a conversation with the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Turkey, Dogu Perincek, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was supporting the Syrian opposition to please his supporters and boost his personal ambitions, RIA Novosti reports.
Mar 3 2015 - 12:32
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has accused the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party of inciting ethnic conflict. Earlier, the party’s leader, Selahattin Demirtas, called on Kurds to hold mass protests. He accused the Turkish government of using a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem to gain votes in the parliamentary elections scheduled for June.
Mar 3 2015 - 10:30
Three ministers of the Turkish government will resign. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, Interior Minister Efkan Ala and the Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communications Lutfi Elvan will resign on March 6, the Hurriyet newspaper reports with reference to the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.