Turkey

Defense Bill Calling for Sanctions on Turkey Over S-400 Missile Purchase Passes Overwhelmingly

The United States, with or without the blessing of President Trump, may be soon lowering the boom on fellow NATO ally Turkey over its purchase last year of the Russian S-400 missile system. On Friday, the gigantic $741-billion defense bill...

EU Commission Chief Says Turkish Situation “Worsening”

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, said on Monday that the situation regarding Turkey has not only not improved, it has actually worsened. His remarks came...

Erdogan Launches Attack on Macron, Hopes France “Gets Rid of Him” Soon

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued to provoke French President Emmanuel Macron, calling him a "burden" and a "problem," that he hopes France will "get rid of" soon, Reuters reports. In reference to recent protests in France over a controversial...

US Defense Bill Orders Sanctions on Turkey Over Russian S-400s

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees reached consensus on the annual defense policy bill unveiled Thursday which, among other things, gives a mandate to the U.S. President to sanction Turkey for its acquisition of the Russian S-400 air...

Pompeo Accuses Turkey of “Undermining” NATO Cohesion

In a rare blunt message to the nation of Turkey, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had harsh words for the nation's recent behavior, saying that it opposed the principles and operation of NATO and undermined its cohesion during...

Turkey Blasts EU, Greek Naval Commander for Stopping Vessel En Route to Libya

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the ambassadors of Germany, Italy and the European Union to protest what it calls the "illegal" interception of a Libya-bound Turkish vessel during the European Union-led Operation Irini on Sunday. Operation Irini, a...

Turkey Prevents EU to Inspect Ship Suspected of Carrying Weapons to Libya

Turkey has prevented the European Union’s naval mission enforcing the Libya arms embargo from checking a suspect freighter off the war-torn country’s coast, Germany’s Der Spiegel reports. According to the report, German frigate Hamburg working under Operation Irini tried to...

Missing Sister of “Kalymnos Lady” Statue Discovered on Aegean Seabed

A headless bronze statue dating from the Hellenistic times, weighing 300 kg (661 pounds) and measuring six feet in height, was caught by Turkish fishermen recently off the coast of Marmaris (Physkos), near Bodrum. Pulling out the statue from a...

Pompeo Tours Istanbul Mosque, Meets Nuncio on Tour to Promote Religious Freedom

As part of his whirlwind tour aimed toward promoting religious freedom around the world, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the papal nuncio to Turkey and toured an Istanbul mosque after meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on...

Mike Pompeo Meets With Patriarch Bartholomew as Turkey Snubs Visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in Istanbul on Tuesday to discuss religious freedom in the country. "Honored to meet with His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and to...