Category Archives: Turkey

Russia resumes bombardments in Syria

Russian aircraft resumed massive strikes in northwestern Syria after a nearly six-month hiatus. On Sunday, Russian warplanes bombed the western outskirts of the city of Idlib, while heavy artillery shelling from nearby Syrian army outposts was carried out in the mountainous district of Jabal al-Zawiya, Reuters reported, citing a Syrian opposition source. According to him, about 30 air raids took

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Emine Dzheppar: Russia trying to turn Sea of Azov into ‘its own lake’

08.08.2020 14:23 – Ukrinform Russia has militarized Crimea, increased its military presence, keeping six submarines in the Black Sea, and wants to turn the Sea of Azov into “its own lake.” “Today, Russia wants to turn the Sea of Azov into its own lake. As far as we know, Russia now has six submarines in the Black Sea. Crimea has

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Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia in Istanbul – founded as a cathedral – into a mosque. Earlier Turkey’s top administrative court annulled the museum status of the world-famous cultural site. Founded 1,500 years-ago as a cathedral, the Ottomans made Hagia Sophia a mosque. But in 1934 it became a museum. It is a

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Russian Orthodox Leader Warns Turkey Over Hagia Sophia Move

The leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” by calls in Turkey to alter the status of the Hagia Sophia, the historic former cathedral in Istanbul. Turkey’s top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque, a move that could inflame tensions with

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US could buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 under Senate proposal

U.S. President Donald Trump has held off imposing sanctions against Turkey for its purchase, but the sale remains a sticking point in the relationship Military vehicles and equipment, parts of the S-400 air defense system, are unloaded from a Russian transport aircraft at Murted military airport in Ankara, Turkey, on July 12, 2019 Ministry of National Defense of Turkey The

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Medical supplies sent by Turkey arrive in Ukraine

Supplies sent at direction of Turkish president to help Ukraine’s battle against coronavirus outbreak ANKARA, Turkey/ KIEV, Ukraine Medical supplies sent from Turkey on Friday arrived in Ukraine to help fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak. “Medical aid supplies, prepared at the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for use against the COVID-19 outbreak, have been sent to Ukraine,” Turkish

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Moscow worried about Ankara’s plans for canal bypassing Bosporus Strait

Article by: Paul Goble In early March 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Ankara would soon call for bids on the construction of the planned Istanbul Canal, between the Black and Marmora seas (RIA Novosti, March 8). He said he hoped to complete that $25 billion project by 2023—the centenary of modern Turkey—and thus allow ships to bypass

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Ukraine tests Turkish Bayraktar combat drones

20:38, 15 March 2020 Long-term training preceded flights of UAVs in Ukrainian sky. The first flight test of Bayraktar tactical unmanned aerial vehicles took place in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense. “The first flight test of the Bayraktar UAV which has recently been in service with the Ukrainian army, took place,” the report

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Migration crisis. Erdogan plans to apply to the UN because of Greece’s refugee action

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey considers Greece’s actions against migrants to be illegal, therefore they intend to hold her accountable. It is reported by TRT . “ Regarding Greece … This is not the first Greece to demonstrate ignorance of international law. Unfortunately, Mr. Mitsotakis ( Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis – Ed.) Takes a very backward position on these issues. He must first study international

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Erdogan asks NATO for help in Syria

Speaking at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had requested additional assistance from the alliance in connection with the current situation in Syria’s Idlib. According to him, the situation in Syria threatens all European countries. “No country in Europe has the right to look indifferently at the humanitarian drama in

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Kremlin admits possibility of direct clash with Turkey in Syria

The sharp escalation in northern Syria, where Turkey is conducting operation the Spring Shield in an attempt to push back Bashar al-Assad’s forces and block hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring through the Turkish border, carries the risks of a direct clash between Russian and Turkish military, the Kremlin acknowledged on Tuesday. When asked by journalists what is the probability

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Turkey’s strike UAV hits and destroys Syrian air defense system supplied by Russia (Video)

Thermal camera traces on the side of the battery indicate the system was engaging against Turkish aircraft. Footage showing the destruction of the Russian Pantsir air defense system in Syria has been spread in the media. “Footage of the #Pantsir #S1 (SA-22) air defense system that was shot down by Turkish armed #UAVs in #Seraqip on the night of 03MAR2020

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Russia committed war crimes in Syria, finds UN report

The country was also blamed for indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas without ‘a specific military objective’ A UN investigation into atrocities committed in Syria has for the first time accused Russia of direct involvement in war crimes for indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. The latest report from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria focuses on events of July

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Russia Says ‘Can’t Guarantee’ Turkish Planes’ Safety Over Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry said that Moscow could not guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying in northwestern Syria after Damascus said it was closing the airspace over the Idlib region, Interfax reported Sunday. The ministry’s warning came after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes over Idlib on Sunday and struck a military airport well beyond its frontlines, a sharp

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Turkish drone destroys Russian-made Pantsir air defense system in Idlib

On Friday, a missile fired by a Turkish drone destroyed a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 deployed by the Syrian Army in Idlib province. A video released by Turkish media, shows an active Syrian Pantsir being destroyed by a Turkish drone. According to Turkish media, the Pantsir radar was active when it was hit, indicating that the system failed to detect the incoming

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Three journalists from Russian state news agency detained by Turkish police

Turkish police detained three employees of the Sputnik-Turkey news agency in Ankara because of the publication “Stolen Province: Why France handed over part of Syria to Turkey 80 years ago,” reported the newspaper Sözcü. The article was about the Turkish bordering province of Hatay, which after the First World War became part of Syria, under the control of France, and

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Russian media: Turkey is ready to close Bosphorus to Russian warships

Turkey may soon close the Bosphorus to Russian warships in an attempt to weaken the advance of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Idlib and Aleppo, which is largely dependent on Russia’s large-scale which provides air power and weapons to Assad’s Army, reports the Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta. Such actions, the newspaper suggests, will allow pro-Turkish military units in Syria to

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Russia-Turkey Tensions in Syria, Explained

Deadly fighting has led Russia and Turkey to the brink of conflict in Syria as the battle over the war-torn country’s final rebel bastions intensified this week.  Turkish forces and Syrian rebels fought government troops Thursday and Russian warplanes struck back in a sharp escalation in northwest Syria’s Idlib, Russian and Turkish officials said. Moscow and Ankara back different sides

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Russia Managing Libya Conflict ‘at Highest Level,’ Turkey’s Erdogan Says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Russia was managing the conflict in Libya “at the highest level,” Turkey’s NTV broadcaster reported Saturday. Erdogan, whose country backs Libya’s internationally recognized government, has publicly accused the Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group of supporting Libya’s rival faction headed by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Russia has repeatedly denied its military presence in Libya.  “Russia

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