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Turkey Signals it Would Veto NATO Accession of Finland, Sweden

Turkey would not positively welcome Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, describing the initiative as a mistake. "We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guest house for terrorist...

Hagia Sophia Features in New Turkish Passports

Hagia Sophia, the symbolic center of the Greek Orthodox faith that was converted by Turkey into a mosque in 2020, will be featured in the new Turkish passport, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday. According to the Turkish president,...

Turkey Sentences Activist Osman Kavala to Life in Prison

Philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Turkey on Monday. The decision was condemned by the US, Germany, and a host of international human rights organizations. The conviction, which found...

Hagia Sophia’s 6th Century Imperial Gate Vandalized

The historic Imperial Gate in Hagia Sophia has been badly damaged, a Turkish group announced on Tuesday. The Turkish Association of Art Historians (STD) posted a picture clearly depicting the damage to the oak wood of the 15-century-old gate. The Imperial...

Turkey Sees Dialogue Channels with Greece “More Open Than Ever”

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday that dialogue channels between Turkey and Greece are more open today than ever before. Speaking to the Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation (SETA) think-tank based in the Turkish capital Ankara, Cavusoglu evaluated...

Don’t Eat or Drink Anything at Russia Talks, Ukraine’s FM Minister Says

Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, advised anyone going to the talks with Russia on Tuesday "not to eat or drink anything and preferably avoid touching any surface." He was speaking before the start of the new round of talks between...

Mitsotakis and Erdogan Agree to Reduce Tensions in the Aegean

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday afternoon. Mitsotakis first arrived in Istanbul on Sunday morning, attending church services with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Saint George Cathedral, one of the most...

Presidents of Israel, Turkey Vow to Mend Ties

Israel's President Isaac Herzog arrived in Turkey Wednesday to meet his counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the first visit by an Israeli head of state since 2007, as the countries seek to mend fractured ties. "President Herzog's visit will...

Greek PM Mitsotakis to Meet Erdogan on Sunday

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday, March 13, Turkey announced on Monday. The two leaders will have lunch at the Turkish president’s residence. Mitsotakis will be in Istanbul to celebrate...

Israeli President Herzog Reassures Athens of Ties Before Turkey Visit

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is visiting Greece on Thursday ahead of a trip to Turkey that he will take in early March. Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomed her Israeli counterpart to Athens. Herzog is in Greece as part of an...