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A powerful explosion has occurred on the Iranian-Turkish gas pipeline. It is the second explosion to occur on this pipeline. This time it took place near the Iranian border on the Turkish side. Fire brigades are continuing to fight the fire.A similar incident last time caused a full stoppage of gas deliveries to Turkey, following which Russia's "Gazprom" increased imports of gas to Turkey from 14 to 22 million cubic meters, reports ITAR-TASS.

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Today, the head of the Socio-Political Department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Ali Gasanov, stated that the opening of the border between Turkey and Armenia does not correspond to the interests of either Turkey or Azerbaijan, reports APA. In his opinion it will introduce more chaos into the negotiations.He also said that he believes that the border will not be opened until Armenia comes to a constructive position.

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Despite the boycott of Turkish routes by some Armenian tourist agencies, more Armenians preferred vacationing in Turkey in 2010 than 2009, News.am reports.In the first 7 months of 2010 Turkey was visited by 15.93 million people, which is 6.67% more than in the same period last year. The main visitors are Germany, followed by Russia (1.793 million people), England and Iran.

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The armed forces of Azerbaijan are interested in ‘Turna’ drones produced by the Turkish Aerospace Industry, the executive vice-president of the United Helicopter Systems of "TAI" Emre Yazychy said, ANS reports. According to Yazychy, delegations of Azerbaijani military agencies visited TAI several times. TAI is ready for any cooperation with Azerbaijan.

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The NATO training in Armenia planned for September 11-17 may be cancelled if Turkey refuses to allow the NATO convoy to cross the border with Armenia, the head of the Eurasian department of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mehmet Fatikh Jeylan said, Trend reports.The diplomat said that if NATO were transporting military-technical equipment for the training, Ankara would not give its permission. But since the training will be held as part of the activities of the Emergency Ministry, Turkey will open the border temporarily.

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The minister of foreign affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutolu, and a member of the UN 'Freedom Flotilla' Commission, Sir Desmond de Silva, held a meeting in Ankara during which the incident of the 'Freedom Flotilla' was discussed, reports Trend.Davutou said that international opinion is very important to Turkey and that they are going to help the commission and show that no country stands above international law.

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American authorities warned Turkish government that Turkish companies carrying on trade with Iran will be sanctioned, ANS reports.This warning was made after the rapid increase in Turkish trade relations with Iran and its refusal to support the UN sanctions against Iran. Now the Iranian trading volume of Turkey is 20 billion dollars, compared to 5.5 billion last year.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed today the situation in the South Caucasus with his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gül, in a phone conversation, ITAR-TASS reports.The press-service of Kremlin declared that the two presidents discussed the result of Medvedev’s official visit in May and the situation in the South Caucasian region in general.

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The Nabucco pipeline project has taken another step forward by ordering engineering work for two feeder lines from Turkey to Iraq and Georgia, EurActiv reports.At a recent Steering Committee meeting in Ankara, Nabucco shareholders agreed to modify the feeder line concept, a press release says. Due to the current political situation, they decided to put on hold the third feeder line to the Turkish-Iranian border.

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The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had a seizure during a flight from Samsun to Orda, 1news.az reports.At the time, Prime Minister was accompanied by his family and several other ministers.

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The Turkish business community will increase investments in Adjaria, Business Georgia reports. The head of the Turkish Tourist Investment Association led a delegation to the region. During the meeting with the Adjarian authorities, questions were discussed on enlarging the funds invested into Adjaria's tourism sector by the Turkish side .

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Wildfires have spread across western provinces of Turkey. The Izmir and Gaziantep provinces are mostly affected, Trend reports. Several villages have been evacuated. Some 500 firefighters are involved in extinguishing operations. However, strong winds are hampering their efforts.

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 Armenia has tried to normalize Turkish-Armenian relations, but Turkey hasn’t shown the necessary political will, claimed Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan at the opening ceremony of the military memorial in Gyumri, reports RIA-Novosti. In 2009 Armenia and Turkey signed the “Diplomatic relationship establishment protocol” in Zurich and the “Bilateral relationship development protocol”, which have still not been ratified.

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The forming of blocs in the Caucasus

 The official visit of the Turkish president to Azerbaijan finally formed the relationship between the two countries as strategic partners and allies.

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The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkish resorts in June 2010 dropped by 90% compared with the same period last year, antaliatoday.ru reports. According to the information of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, there were 2,600 Israeli tourists in Turkey in June 2010, while there were over 27,000 in June 2009.

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