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May 2018 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- 'Turkey to look elsewhere if US blocks sale of F-35 jets' Press TV 30 May 2018 -- Turkey says it will look elsewhere to equip its air force if the United States blocks the sale of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets to Ankara.
- Turkey Threatens to Deny US Access to Incirlik Base Amid F-35 Deal Tensions Sputnik 30 May 2018 -- If the United States does not supply F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Turkish Air Force, Ankara will satisfy its need for such warplanes "somewhere else," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.
- Washington 'Hopeful' to Resolve S-400 Row With Turkey Before Delivering F-35s Sputnik 30 May 2018 -- The United States is hopeful it can resolve some operational problems over Turkey's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system before sending F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Turkish Air Force, Secretary of the US Air Force Heather Wilson said.
- Turkey, US to Decide How to Govern Syria's Manbij After Kurdish Withdrawal Sputnik 30 May 2018 -- Ankara and Washington will make a joint decision on the formation of the leadership in Syria's Manbij after the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) leave the city, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.
- Erdogan, Putin stress Syria's territorial integrity, importance of Astana talks Press TV 29 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have underlined the importance of Syria's sovereignty and achievements gained in the Astana peace negotiations for a political solution in war-torn Syria.
- Israel pushing US to keep F-35 upgrade secret from Turkey Press TV 28 May 2018 -- A senior Israeli military official has disclosed that the Tel Aviv regime is engaged in talks with the United States over delivery of F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets to Turkey without performance-enhancing software.
- Israel Wants US to Keep F-35 'Upgrade Capabilities' Secret From Turkey – Reports Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Israel and the United States are holding talks on the supply of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid uncertainties over the fate of the deliveries in the US, Haaretz reported.
- Turkey Cannot Confirm Plans to Purchase Su-57 Jets Instead of F-35 - Source Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Turkish media reports about possible purchase of Russian Su-57 fighters instead of US F-35 jets are based on experts' opinion and do not reflect the official position of Ankara, a source in the secretariat of the Turkish defense industry told Sputnik.
- Turkey May Buy Russian Su-57 Jets, If Delivery of F-35 Jets Suspended - Reports Sputnik 27 May 2018 -- Ankara is likely to buy Russian Su-57 fighter jets if Washington decides to suspend the delivery of F-35 jets in response to the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-missile systems, the Yeni Safak newspaper reported Sunday.
- Turkey would purchase Russian Su-57 warplanes if US bars sale of F-35 jets: Report Press TV 27 May 2018 -- Turkey would likely opt to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-57 twin-engine warplanes in place of US F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets if Washington suspends the delivery of the latter in response to Ankara's sale of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia.
- Russia's Gazprom Says Signs TurkStream Protocol With Ankara RFE/RL 27 May 2018 -- Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has signed a protocol with the Turkish government on the land-based part of the transit leg of the TurkStream gas pipeline.
- Turkey won’t yield to US pressure over S-400 deal: Russian president Press TV 26 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has lashed out at the United States for pushing NATO member Turkey into abandoning its decision to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, saying the US pressure will not produce any results.
- Turkish President Urges Citizens to Convert Dollar to National Lira Sputnik 26 May 2018 -- The Turkish national currency has rapidly been losing value to the US dollar this year amid upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
- Putin Slams US Over Pushing Turkey into Abandoning S-400 Deal With Russia Sputnik 26 May 2018 -- President Vladimir Putin on Friday criticized the United States for pushing back against Turkey’s decision to buy advanced surface-to-air missiles from Russia.
- CHP: Turkey to Purchase Russian S-400 Despite US Pressure Sputnik 26 May 2018 -- Turkey is likely to finalize its deal with Russia on purchasing S-400 air defense systems, despite US pressure, while making concessions in the Patriot system talks with Washington in a bid to strike a balance between the two powers, Ozturk Yilmaz, the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy chair, told Sputnik on Friday.
- US, Turkey agree on 'roadmap' over Syria's Kurdish Manbij city Press TV 26 May 2018 -- The US and Turkish officials have agreed on a roadmap to cooperate over the security of the northern Syrian city of Manbij following months of dispute between the two NATO allies over the presence of Kurdish militia in the region.
- Turkey, US Agree on Roadmap for Cooperation in Syria's Manbij Sputnik 26 May 2018 -- The United States and Turkey have held talks in Ankara as part of a working group formed to settle disputes between the two nations over the presence of Kurdish militia in the Syrian city of Manbij.
- Turkey vows every initiative to protect firms against US bans Press TV 25 May 2018 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman says Ankara will take every initiative to protect its firms against new US sanctions.
- New US Senate bill bars sale of F-35 jets to Turkey over S-400 Russia deal Press TV 25 May 2018 -- A US Senate committee has passed a defense policy bill that bars the sale of advanced F-35 warplanes to NATO partner Turkey, faulting Ankara for its purchase of an air defense system from Russia.
- Nearly 50 more suspects arrested across Turkey over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 24 May 2018 -- Turkish police forces have arrested 49 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for 109 over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 23 May 2018 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for more than 100 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- US Presses Turkey to Drop Plans to Buy Russian S-400 Air Defense Systems Sputnik 23 May 2018 -- Recently, Moscow has made a decision to speed up the delivery of S-400 to Turkey as Ankara expressed willingness to purchase these missile defense systems. Meanwhile, Washington has repeatedly argued that Turkey's acquisition of S-400 from Russia is not in line with NATO's interests.
- Turkey hands life sentences to 104 suspects over 2016 coup attempt Press TV 21 May 2018 -- A court in western Turkey has handed down life sentences to 104 people convicted of involvement in a coup attempt two years ago.
- No peace in Palestine with Israel continuing its occupation: Turkish official Press TV 20 May 2018 -- A high-ranking Turkish official says there will be no peace in Palestine unless Israel ends its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
- Erdogan Urges Diaspora At Bosnian Rally To 'Show Their Strength' RFE/RL 20 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his compatriots living in Europe "to show their strength to the whole world" as he sought to shore up support from the country's diaspora at a rally in Sarajevo ahead of elections next month.
- Erdogan Seeks to Rally Support for Palestinians VOA 19 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to rally opposition to Israel and the United States, calling for a mass rally in Istanbul in support of Palestinians as leaders of the Islamic world gathered for a summit.
- Turkey's CHP presidential candidate warns to shut key US base unless Gulen extradited Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Turkey's presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince, has threatened to close a major American military base in the country by Christmas unless Washington extradites US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an abortive 2016 coup.
- 'Turkey issues arrest warrants for 101 air force personnel' Press TV 17 May 2018 -- Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for more than 100 members of the country's air force and detained 33 of them over alleged links to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an abortive 2016 coup.
- US Lawmaker Moves to Block Sale of 100 F-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey Sputnik 18 May 2018 -- A new bill proposed in the US House of Representatives calls for stopping the proposed sales of more than 100 F-35 fighter jets and related intellectual property to Turkey, Congressman David Cicilline said in a press release.
- Turkey, Israel expel envoys as ties sour over Gaza bloodshed Press TV 16 May 2018 -- Turkey and Israel have expelled their envoys amid growing tensions between the two sides over the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip at the hands of the Tel Aviv regime's forces.
- Erdogan Says Will Stand By Palestinians, Won't Allow Israel to Steal Jerusalem Sputnik 16 May 2018 -- Turkish President Receipt Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that if Israel's actions are allowed, the world would be thrown into chaos.
- Turkish Banker Sentenced To 32 Months In Iran Sanctions Case RFE/RL 16 May 2018 -- A U.S. judge has sentenced a Turkish banking executive to 32 months in prison after his conviction for evading sanctions on Iran in a case has strained relations between Washington and Ankara.
- US Court Sentences Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Case VOA 16 May 2018 -- A U.S. federal court has sentenced a Turkish banker to 32 months in prison for helping Iran evade American trade sanctions.
- Over dozen PKK terrorists slain in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq Press TV 14 May 2018 -- The Turkish military says more than a dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region late last month.
- Turkish Currency Woes Put Erdogan in Tight Spot in Re-Election Bid VOA 14 May 2018 -- The Turkish lira is increasingly under siege amid mounting international investors' concerns. The publication Monday of unexpectedly poor economic data saw the lira approach record lows. The increasing financial turbulence comes as opposition parties begin to narrow the gap ahead of the June 24 presidential and general elections and voter concerns over the economy grow.
- Israeli regime pushing Middle East to war: Turkish President Erdogan Press TV 13 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lambasted the Israeli regime for its use of "unnecessary aggression" in Syria following recent Israeli airstrikes in the war-torn Arab country, saying Tel Aviv is dragging the Middle East into war.
- NATO Fears 'Moscow's Eye' Amid S-400 Deal With Turkey - German Media Sputnik 13 May 2018 -- Members of the military bloc are anxious about the purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems by Turkey. Here is why.
- Turkish Observation Posts in Syria's Idlib to Be Constructed in Week - Erdogan Sputnik 13 May 2018 -- Turkey will complete the construction of Syrian ceasefire observation posts in the Syrian province of Idlib within a week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
- Turkish PM Says He's Willing To Discuss Diplomatic Ties With Armenia RFE/RL 11 May 2018 -- The Turkish prime minister has said his country is willing to consider an offer by new Armenian leader Nikol Pashinian to establish diplomatic relations and ease tensions between the longtime bitter rivals.
- Turkey 'concerned' by UAE's military build-up on Yemen's Socotra Press TV 11 May 2018 -- Turkey has voiced concern over the recent developments in Yemen's Socotra after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deployed forces to the island, saying they pose a threat to the country's sovereignty.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for nearly 190 over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 10 May 2018 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for nearly 190 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey, US Could Head for Collision Over Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 10 May 2018 -- Turkey has pushed back hard against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of serious consequences, with analysts saying Turkey could find itself drawn into a dispute between Washington and Tehran.
- UN human rights chief calls on Turkey to end state of emergency Press TV 09 May 2018 -- The United Nations human rights chief has called on Turkey to lift the country's repeatedly extended state of emergency to pave the way for free and fair elections.
- State of emergency must be lifted for 'credible elections' in Turkey, says UN rights chief UN News 09 May 2018 -- Long-term restrictions on "freedoms of expression, assembly and association" are incompatible with the holding of "credible elections" in Turkey, said the United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday, calling on the Government to lift its extended state of emergency.
- Dozens more suspects arrested across Turkey over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 08 May 2018 -- Turkish police forces have arrested dozens more people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- US lawmakers warn Turkey over Russian missiles Press TV 08 May 2018 -- US lawmakers take the first step to temporarily freeze US arms sales to Turkey, warning the NATO member over the potential purchase of a Russian weapons system.
- US Arms Sales to Allies in Syria Used Against Turkey – Erdogan Sputnik 07 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed the United States for spending money on "the killing of people" rather than humanitarian assistance.
- FSA Commander: US, Turkey in Talks Over Turkish Military Operation in Manbij Sputnik 07 May 2018 -- Earlier, a Syrian Democratic Forces commander warned that the US would "retaliate against any assault on the city, regardless of who would launch this attack."
- Turkey will carry out more cross-border offensives into Syria, Erdogan vows Press TV 06 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to launch further cross-border military operations into Syria following Ankara's two previous large-scale offensives into the war-torn country, as he announced his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)'s manifesto ahead of snap elections on June 24.
- Turkey vows 'response' if US halts weapons sales Press TV 06 May 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has warned that his country will retaliate against the United States if Washington halts the sale of certain weapons to Ankara.
- 'Turkey's Soldiers Ready for New Missions': Erdogan Vows New Ops in Syria Sputnik 06 May 2018 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing his supporters in Istanbul, announced his manifesto for the upcoming snap elections in the country, which are due to be held next month.
- Turkey Vows Response if US Halts Sales of F-35 Fighters to Ankara Sputnik 06 May 2018 -- Earlier, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell warned that Ankara's purchase of the S-400 missiles from Russia could negatively affect Washington's decision to supply the F-35 fighter jets to Turkey.
- Erdogan Vows New Anti-Syrian Kurd Offensive VOA 06 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday to launch a new offensive against Kurdish militants along the country's borders with Syria and Iraq.
- Four Turkish opposition parties form parliamentary coalition Press TV 05 May 2018 -- Four Turkish opposition parties have announced the forming of a coalition in an attempt to challenge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan party in the upcoming national election.
- Fair election impossible in Turkey, says jailed ex-head of pro-Kurdish opposition Press TV 05 May 2018 -- Turkey's Kurdish opposition presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas has dismissed the likelihood of a free and fair election under the current state of emergency in the country.
- Turkey's CHP opposition party names Muharrem Ince as presidential candidate Press TV 05 May 2018 -- Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has presented senior legislator Muharrem Ince as its presidential candidate to challenge incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the country's June presidential elections.
- Turkish Opposition Gains Momentum Ahead of June Election - Lawmaker Sputnik 05 May 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, that Turkey should hold snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 instead of initially scheduled November 2019, in order to appease the switch from the parliament to the presidential system of government.
- Jailed ex-leader of pro-Kurdish party to run for Turkish presidency Press TV 02 May 2018 -- Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party announces its former leader Selahattin Demirtas as its candidate for the country's June presidential elections, despite the fact that he is currently jailed and on trial in several legal cases.
- Turkish police detain 33 suspects over affiliation to Gulen network Press TV 02 May 2018 -- Turkish police forces have arrested at least 33 people on suspicion of links to an outlawed movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish Government Election Spending Spree Unnerves Markets VOA 02 May 2018 -- With snap elections in Turkey less than two months away, the government has begun investing billions of dollars in financial giveaways in an unprecedented spending spree that has sent the lira to near record lows and prompted concerns about the health of the economy.
- Pentagon Chief Pushes to Waive Sanctions for US Allies That Buy Russian S-400s Sputnik 01 May 2018 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis is seeking to circumvent potential conflicts with US allies that have purchased Russian military equipment with an appeal to US legislators to relax sanctioning requirements against countries that do so.
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