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Turkey urges Greece to save on defence spending

Turkish State Secretary and the head of his country's delegation at Turkish-EU negotiations Egemen Bagis has advised Greece to reduce its spending on arms."Our defence expenditures should be equal to those of our partners. That is why we should move towards mutual arms reduction," Bagis said. He also said he considered Greek spending on arms to be one of the reasons for the economic crisis in Greece.Speaking about negotiations with the EU, Bagis noted that sides should show patience in this issue. "Turkey won't join the EU before the end of the talks.

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Iran hails Turkish support for diplomacy

Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani has praised Turkey for supporting a diplomatic solution on Iran's nuclear activities, Trend reported.

Medvedev to visit Turkey

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Turkey on May 11th -12th to discuss economic cooperation and mutual investments, reports ITAR-TASS."Relations between Turkey and Russia are moving to a new level of development," presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said. Turnover between Turkey and Russia reached $19.6 billion in 2009.

Iran considers Turkey a good neighbour

At a joint news conference with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Istanbul, Iranian foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki said that Turkey and Iran are the two main actors in resolving regional problems and that their relations were developing every day, Trend reports citing Anadolu news agency. "Turkey is an important UN member and a good neighbour of Iran", Mottaki said, remarking that meetings and political cooperation between them would continue. Mottaki said that the Iraqi elections had

Turkish experts to participate in working out gas deal

A group of BOTAS company experts will arrive in Baku on May 10 to take part in the working out of an agreement on a gas contract between Azerbaijan and Turkey, reports 1news.az, citing ANS. This was announced by the head of the investment department of the Azerbaijani National Oil Company Vagif Aliev. The document will take 2-3 days to draw up.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's schedule in Turkey

An intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Turkey on annullingthe bilateral visa regime for tourists planning to stay for less thana month will be signed within the framework of Medvedev's visit toAnkara 11-12 May, Turkish media report.Media reports also mention that a top-level council will beestablished. This will be the start of the three-stage road map ofAnkara-Moscow ties, involving political and trade aspects andcooperation between NGOs.

Armenia, Turkey to reconstruct historical bridge

Armenian and Turkish scientists plan to reconstruct a bridge whichonce connected the two sides of ancient Armenian city Ani, ArmeniaToday reports.According to the chairman of the international council for monumentsand historical sites protection Gagik Giurdjanian, the bridge willbecome a corridor of peace between the countries.

Turkish parliament passes the bill on constitutional amendments

Turkish parliament passes the bill on constitutional amendments

The Turkish Parliament has passed the bill on constitutionalamendments with 336 out of 550 lawmakers in favor.According to Interfax, citing a local TV channel, the bill will besent to President Abdullah Gul for signing. If the Turkish leaderreturns it for consideration the bill will go to a referendum. Thissituation occurred because the legislative initiative failed toreceive over 367 votes.

Over 20 injured in train collision in Turkey

More than 20 people were injured when two passenger trains collided onThursday evening in the Turkish province of Kodjaeli, 80 km fromIstanbul, local media report.According to the Khaber Tiurk TV channel, the trains collided after atrain from Istanbul went off the rail. Several train cars turned over.All the injured were hospitalized and some have severe injuries, RIANovosti reports.

Russian Black Sea fleet is no threat to Turkey - Davutoglu

Turkey does not consider the agreement between Ukraine and Russia toprolong the lease on Russia's Black Sea Fleet in the Crimea to 2042 athreat, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, RIANovosti reports.Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on April 21 prolonging thefleet's presence in the Black Sea by 25 years with the possibility ofa further prolongation. Ukraine received a 30% discount on Russian gasin exchange.

Turkey to open consulate-general in Crimea

The Turkish Republic plans to open a consulate-general in Simferopol,Rosbalt reports, citing the press-service of the Crimean Council ofMinisters.According to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, ties betweenthe countries can reach a new level. The minister said that atnegotiations in Kiev they agreed to organize a ferry service betweenYalta and Turkey's Sinop. They also plan to form a Turkish-Ukrainianfree-market zone. Turkey proposed scrapping the bilateral visa regime.

Turkey starts preparations for referendum

The Turkish government started preparations for a general referendumon the Turkish Constitution, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogansaid, Trend reports, citing the Hurriyet newspaper.The Turkish parliament was supposed to consider the amendments to theConstitution. If Turkish deputies abandon the amendments thegovernment will hold a general referendum on the issue.

Armenian-Turkish protocols frozen - Turkish foreign minister

Armenian-Turkish protocols frozen - Turkish foreign minister

Protocols on the rapprochement of Turkey and Armenia have been frozen,and not scrapped, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has toldthe Milliyet newspaper, APA reports.He said Turkey and Armenia will have low-key talks and then take stepsto regulate the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

Nabucco construction will start on time

Construction of the Nabucco gas pipeline for the transport of naturalgas from the Caspian to Europe, bypassing Russia, will start on timein 2011, official Nabucco spokesman Christian Dolezal said, theTurkish business channel CNBC said.According to Dolezal, 70% of expenses will be compensated by thefinancial institutions and 30% - by consortium members."The EU has already provided us with a 200 million euro loan," -Dolezal said as quoted by RIA Novosti.

Azerbaijan ready to change its visa regime with Turkey

The visa regime between Azerbaijan and Turkey will soon change, announced the head of the department for social-political issues of the Azerbaijani president, Ali Hasanov, reports Trend, citing Turkish news agency Cihan. He said that Baku approves of closer ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan on the question of changing the visa regime, and that all these issues would soon be resolved. “The foreign ministries of both countries are working in this direction, and I believe agreement will be reached in the near future”, Hasanov said.

Natig Aliev: Negotiations on gas between Azerbaijan and Turkey have been concluded

Azerbaijan and Turkey are successfully cooperating in the energy sector, Azeri minister for manufacturing and energy Natig Aliev announced at the 13th Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul, reports vesti.az. He said negotiations on gas between Azerbaijan and Turkeyhave been concluded, and a corresponding agreement would soon be signed.

Russian, Turkish intergovernmental commission discusses partnership issues

Ankara hosts tenth cession of Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission on issues of cooperation, reports RIA Novosti. The joint commission on Russian-Turkish trade and economic cooperation will discuss realization of two energy projects and other issues of bilateral economic cooperation on May 5th – 6th.

Turkish Parliament continues considering constitutional amendments

The Turkish Parliament approved 6 out of 7 constitutional amendments prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP). The eighth article (complicating the closing-down of parties) was not approved, receiving only 327 votes, when 330 are needed, 6news reports.The 7th amendment allowing for labor strikes received 337 votes. The 9th amendment establishing ombudsmen received 340 votes, with 69 countervotes.

Medvedev to discuss Karabakh issue in Turkey

Medvedev to discuss Karabakh issue in Turkey

On his visit to Turkey on May 11, Russian President Dmitry Medvedevwill discuss various issues, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Doroknhin said, Trendreports.Dorokhin considers the dialogue on stability in the South Caucasus oneof priority issues in relations with Turkey.He added that ties between Moscow and Ankara keep improving, tradeturnover between the countries is large, and they are participating inenergy projects in the south of Europe.

Turkish premier to visit Iran

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Edrogan will visit Iran next week to discuss the exchange of low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, reports Trend. The Iranian president has said he is ready to consider a Brazilian proposal on the exchange of Iran's low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. Ahmadinejad said the deal will be discussed in more detail with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Turkish premier during their visit to Tehran next week.