According to the concern, An-188 military transport turbojet with a carrying capacity of up to 50 tons will carry out a wide range of tasks – it can transport military equipment of all kinds, military and construction equipment, helicopters, up to 300 soldiers, as well as humanitarian cargoes and containers. The aircraft is equipped for high-precision landing of soldiers, and can be based on various airfields. Within the framework of the international aerospace salon Farnborough-2018 (Great Britain), the Ukrainian and Turkish sides confirmed mutual interest in cooperation on the An-188 project, the message said.
(14.7.2018) The Russian and Turkish Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed international issues in a phone conversation, focusing on joint steps in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
„Pressing regional and international issues have been discussed. Particular attention was paid to joint steps aimed at solving the crisis in Syria on the basis of corresponding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the agreements reached within the Astana format,“ the statement says. „[They] agreed to stay in contact.“.
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Russia played the role of postman for the exchange of the US-Assad messages. President Assad, however, informed the Americans that Iran is not interested in remaining in Syria once all terrorist Takfirees are killed and when its function is no longer required.
The bottom line is that Assad and his allies believe that the US-French-UK withdrawal from Syria would actually be an achievement. Moreover, both Iran and Hezbollah consider their withdrawal both a fact and a necessity, once Assad is no longer in need of their contribution.
The extraordinary state of emergency is expected to be lifted on Monday, after the swearing of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was re-elected on June 24 for a new term.
Since Monday, Turkey has begun a new era of governance, with all executive powers concentrated in the hands of the President, while the position of prime minister is being abolished.
“The department is not going to comment on proposed legislation,” he said. “Until something changes, they are going to continue their flight academics at Luke.”
Turkish Cypriots have criticized the southern Greek Cypriot side for banning its citizens from buying fuel from Turkish Cyprus.
Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority have all separately warned Israel over the past year about growing Turkish activity in East Jerusalem, which they say is part of an attempt by Turkish…
Cavusoglu said: “the fact that we are allies does not mean that we have to abide by all its decisions or all that it says word by word.”
He added that the U.S. should consult with Turkey on matters concerning the region.
A Pentagon official confirmed to Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla that the ceremony to deliver the first jet to Turkey will go ahead as planned in Fort Worth Texas on Thursday. Turkish pilots are already in the US for training, the official added.
The United Nations continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced population of Afrin in Tall Refaat and surrounding areas. Despite the increase in the presence of humanitarian partners in these areas, assistance and services remain insufficient, particularly for people in rural areas and in the IDP sites of Tall Refaat, Fafin and Wahshiyeh. Facilities in IDP sites are sub-standard and inadequately arranged for the dignity and the safety of women and children.
Opposition leaders have also cited encouraging poll numbers that they say reflect voter fatigue with the president after a tumultuous few years in Turkey marked by growing tensions with some of the country’s NATO allies and intensifying social polarization at home. The results suggest a possible opposition victory — if not in the presidential race, then in the parliament, where they hope to roll back the majority held by Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP.
His words were one of the biggest surprises of the election campaign so far. Because until now it has been the opposition parties that have been pledging to lift the state of emergency as soon as they come to power, if they can beat Erdoğan. Until June 13, Erdoğan accused those asking for the state of emergency to be lifted of supporting terrorism and praising the toppling of the government through a coup.
The Turkish military is still present in the Jabal Al-Akrad region, despite the Syrian Army’s latest attack.
The F-35 fighter jet’s advanced stealth technology allows it to evade even sophisticated anti-aircraft systems, according to Lockheed Martin.
First F-35 warplanes are expected to be delivered to Turkey on June 21.
(22.4.2018) The Russia-Turkey Investment Fund, set up last year by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Turkey Wealth Fund, aims to “strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase the investment flow between two countries,” according to the RDIF head.
The two sides will particularly focus on infrastructure construction, healthcare and information technology sectors, RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: „This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria including the Turkish, American, Iranian and Hezbollah.“
Lavrentiev stressed that Putin’s statement on this issue represents a “political message”, but added „not to view it as the beginning of a withdrawal process of foreign troops from Syria.”
Officials from the three countries issued a statement Tuesday in Sochi where they reaffirmed the need of respecting sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, and asked for avoiding any action that could violate and sabotage the agreements reached in Astana.
The Arabic-language Damascus Now news website reported on Sunday that Mohammed Alloush has appropriated some $47 million over the past few years, and hid it from the leaders of the terrorist organization.
Alloush’s older brother and the founder of Jaish al-Islam, Zahran, was accused by other armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta of stealing more than $12 million back in 2015, months before he was killed in a counter-terrorism operation conducted by Syrian government forces in the enclave.
“The memorandum of understanding aims to promote judicial cooperation between the two public prosecutors by exchanging information between the Moroccan and Turkish authorities on the legal systems of the two countries and criminal laws, in particular laws relating to organised crime, terrorist crime, trafficking in narcotic drugs and illegal psychotropic substances and economic crimes,” it said.
Already this devastating conflict has cost more than 500,000 lives and led to 5 million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and 6 million internally displaced. We must put negotiations for a political settlement centre stage, and not slip into a new cycle of military reaction and counter-reaction.
Protracted external military intervention in Syria – from funding and arms supplies to bombing and boots on the ground – has not helped in the slightest. Syria has become the theatre for military action by regional and international powers – the United States, Britain, Russia, France, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among them.
While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear that Ankara and Moscow “have no disagreements” over Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, some reports even suggested that Russia was actually helping Turkey to reach its goals in Afrin. For its part, while expressing concern over the situation in eastern Ghouta, Turkey stopped short of directly condemning the Russian-backed military moves in the area. Meanwhile, Iran apparently preferred to keep a low profile regarding both cases.
(3.4.2018) Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Ankara for his first foreign visit since his March 18 re-election. Both the defense system agreement and Putin’s visit underscore the intensifying ties between Turkey and Russia.
It appears a new regional security order is encircling Syria as the civil war grinds into its seventh year. This shift was visible last week, when the leaders of Turkey, Iran, and Russia met in Ankara to discuss solutions to the Syrian crisis. The detailed talks covered de-escalation zones, humanitarian concerns, and intra-Syrian dialogue, but the broader motive was to agree on the role of each state once the conflict ends.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should step down “immediately” to open way for a political settlement, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on April 11, holding him responsible for the death of “nearly 1 million people” during the seven-year-long conflict in Syria.
The presidents exchanged views about the chemical attack, sources added.
The call marked the third phone call between the heads of state in less than a month.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke highly of the meeting of the heads of state, guarantors of the Astana process: Russia, Iran and Turkey. Taking into account the results of the international consultations, the leaders exchanged views on the Syrian settlement and agreed to continue contacts on this issue.
(8.3.2018) In remarks reportedly made this week in a meeting with Egyptian newspaper editors, he pointed to a “triangle of evil” in the Middle East made up of Iran — Riyadh’s perennial foe — Islamist extremist groups and Turkey. His rhetoric seemed to echo the notorious „axis of evil“ bluster of the George W. Bush administration.
The inclusion of Turkey raised eyebrows and sparked an angry backlash on Turkish social media.
(28.3.2017) According to German media, Turkish officials handed the target list including names, addresses, telephone numbers and photographs to their German counterparts during the Munich security conference in February.
Federal prosecutors will examine how Turkey compiled such detailed information on their targets.
“The success of our investigation will depend largely on the information shared with us by German counter-espionage agencies,” spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said about the investigation into “persons unknown”.
Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has captured 80 Turkish citizens suspected of links to what the authorities call the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) from 18 different countries so far, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on April 5.
“Turkey is one of the countries responsible for the situation in Syria,” Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) leader Alper Taş told Ahval.
Turkish troops, backed by their Islamist Syrian allies, seized the Syrian town of Afrin last month after a two-month offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces. Turkey now controls a swathe of territory in northern and northwestern Syria and has threatened to capture northeastern Syria from the Kurds.
Turkish military on April 3 set up its eighth observation point in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, it stated.
“You are not popular. The step you took regarding Jerusalem at the United Nations is out in the open. The answer you received is out in the open. Stop bragging about owning nuclear weapons. The time may come when those weapons don’t work,” Erdoğan added.
“You are also a terrorist. History is recording what you have done to all those oppressed Palestinians,” Erdoğan said, adding that he believes Israelis too are disturbed by Netanyahu’s misdeeds.
Turkey condemns Greece’s decision to include the disputed islands of Imia (Kardak) in the Aegean Sea in the EU Natura 2000 environmental program, official representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy said.
(13.3.2007) Syria is surrounded by unfriendly forces. Turkey, a close ally to Israel in the north, Jordan in the south, the U.S.-occupied Iraq east and Lebanon west of it.We know from Seymour Hersh (and in fact, „we“ does mean „6 Billion Jurors in the Court of Puplic Opinion“), that the Bush Administration and the royal dynasty of Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the Israeli Government, are funding Sunni islamists and terrorist militias in the north of Lebanon and all over the middle east, allegedly to prevent the so-called „Shiite crescent“.
We know, that the Lebanese Leader of the Druze, Walid Jumblatt, met with Dick Cheney in Washington last fall and advised him, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be „the ones to talk to“.
We also know by the New Yorker journalist, that „there is evidence that the Administration`s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood,“ that there is Saudi money and American involvement.
“Those who host at the highest level the members of a terrorist organization, which has been freely carrying out its activities in their countries, should be aware that this is nothing but an expression of hostility against Turkey,” Erdoğan said on March 30, condemning French President Emmanuel Macron’s reception of members of Syrian Kurdish groups at the Elysée Palace.