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September 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Macron Calls Turkey's 'Warlike' Statements on Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation 'Dangerous' Sputnik 30 Sep 2020 -- Ankara previously stated that it would support Baku both in negotiations and in combat, also warning that any attack against Azerbaijani territories is an attack against Turkey itself.
- Turkey Responsible for 'Escalation' of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Syrian President's Adviser Says Sputnik 30 Sep 2020 -- Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, has given Sputnik a wide-ranging interview on Middle Eastern politics. She spoke on issues such as Turkey's alleged involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, anti-terror efforts in Syria, sanctions pressure against the Arab Republic, and other matters.
- In Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Turkey's Involvement Could Be Russia's Nightmare RFE/RL 30 Sep 2020 -- As heavy fighting broke out this week between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, reigniting a bitter conflict that has simmered since a war in the early 1990s, Moscow reiterated a long-standing commitment to its traditional role as mediator.
- Turkey Ready to Support Azerbaijan in Negotiations With Armenia and in Combat, Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 29 Sep 2020 -- Following the escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Ankara stands in "full solidarity" with Baku, while condemning "Armenia's attack on Azerbaijan".
- Turkey Denies That Its F-16 Downed Armenian Su-25 Fighter Amid Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh Sputnik 29 Sep 2020 -- According to Yerevan, the pilot of the Armenian aircraft hit by the Turkish fighter died.
- Yerevan Claims Turkish Jet Downed Armenia Plane As Fighting With Azerbaijani Forces Intensify RFE/RL 29 Sep 2020 -- Armenia said a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down one of its warplanes, as fighting intensified near the long-disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and fears grew of an outbreak of a new, full-scale war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
- Turkey's local COVID-19 vaccine studies complete animal trial phase: minister People's Daily 28 Sep 2020 -- Two local potential vaccine studies in Turkey for the novel coronavirus have finalized their animal trial phase, Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said on Sunday.
- Turkey reports 1,511 new COVID-19 cases, 312,966 in total Global Times 27 Sep 2020 -- Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases increased by 1,511 on Saturday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 312,966, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.
- Greece Urges Turkey to Resolve Disagreements Through Diplomacy Sputnik 25 Sep 2020 -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his speech to the 75h United Nations General Assembly called on Turkey to solve the issues between the two countries regarding the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region at the negotiation table.
- NATO Secretary General discusses situation in Eastern Mediterranean with President Erdogan NATO 23 Sep 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke by telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdońüan on Wednesday (23 September 2020) about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Macron Urges Turkey to Refrain From Unilateral Actions in Mediterranean Sputnik 23 Sep 2020 -- French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than an hour, discussing the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Syria, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.
- Turkish preschoolers, first graders return to school with caution amid COVID-19 resurgence Global Times 22 Sep 2020 -- Preschoolers and first graders in Turkey returned to school on Monday, though with limited in-class lessons given the resurgence in new COVID-19 infections.
- Turkey Embarks on Naval Buildup, Stoking Tensions VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- Turkey is in the midst of a major naval construction program, seeking to restore regional maritime influence lost since the collapse of the Ottoman empire, and the project is already generating regional tensions.
- Turkey condemns EU ‚Äėbias‚Äô in Libya-related sanctions Press TV 22 Sep 2020 -- Turkey says the European Union (EU) has acted with ‚Äúbias‚ÄĚ by imposing sanctions on a Turkish firm over its alleged violation of a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya.
- Turkey to keep supporting Libya's GNA despite PM Sarraj‚Äôs plan to quit Press TV 21 Sep 2020 -- Turkey says it will continue its cooperation with Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) despite Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj‚Äôs desire to step down by the end of next month.
- Turkish-backed militants rob commuters, loot properties in northern Syria: SANA Press TV 20 Sep 2020 -- Turkish-backed Takfiri militants have blackmailed and forcibly snatched cash from commuters in Syria‚Äôs northeastern province of Hasakah as they continue to commit various crimes against local populations.
- Turkey says may resume talks with Greece amid tensions, warns against EU sanctions Press TV 20 Sep 2020 -- Turkey says it may soon resume talks with Greece over contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where Ankara and Athens are locked in a dispute over oil and gas resources in the region.
- Ankara blasts 'Napoleon' Macron for interfering in row with Athens Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has blasted French President Emmanuel Macron over siding with Greece in Ankara‚Äôs row with Athens, accusing him of further exacerbating and fueling the dispute by trying to act like Napoleon.
- UN warns of 'war crimes' in Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria Press TV 19 Sep 2020 -- The United Nations has urged Turkey to launch an immediate and independent investigation into war crimes and other violations of international law committed in the northern part of Syria, which are under the control of Turkish occupation forces and allied militant groups.
- Turkey 'withdrew survey ship to allow for diplomacy with Greece, will return it though' Press TV 18 Sep 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey withdrew a seismic research vessel from disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea to allow for diplomacy with Greece, with which Ankara has been involved in a dispute over oil and gas resources in the region.
- Turkey Holds Naval Exercise in Eastern Mediterranean - Defen?e Ministry Sputnik 18 Sep 2020 -- The Turkish naval forces held surface and air defence fire exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean amid escalating tension with Greece over drilling activity in the region, the Turkish Defen?e Ministry said on Friday.
- Turkey dragging feet on commitments under Idlib agreement: Russia Press TV 18 Sep 2020 -- Russia has criticized Turkey for its failure to fulfill its obligations under a bilateral ceasefire agreement on Syria's northwestern Idlib province, where the two countries back opposing sides.
- UN rights chief calls for Turkey to probe violations in northern Syria UN News 18 Sep 2020 -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Turkey to launch an immediate independent investigation into violations and abuses committed in parts of north, northwest and northeast Syria, which are under the control of its forces and affiliated armed groups.
- Turkey 'open to constructive dialog' with Greece in maritime dispute Press TV 17 Sep 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is open to "constructive" dialog with Greece in a dispute over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- Turkey, Russia Failed to Reach Common Position on Syria's Idlib – Source Sputnik 17 Sep 2020 -- According to the source, Turkey refused to leave checkpoints on the territories controlled by the Syrian army as well as reduce the number of its troops in the region and withdraw heavy weapons.
- Turkey Accused of Coronavirus Cover-Up as Cases Rise VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- Doctors and local politicians in Turkey are voicing concern that the government is downplaying the scale of the resurgent coronavirus outbreak.
- Cyprus president says ready for talks with Turkey 'without threats' Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says his country is ready to engage in dialogue with Turkey on the eastern Mediterranean dispute but only 'without blackmail and threats.'
- Turkey complains Greece militarizing Chios; extends drilling activity off Cyprus Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- Turkey complains that Greece has been militarizing the island of Chios in a move that runs counter to a historic treaty, while at the same time, Ankara has announced the extension of drilling activity in the disputed Mediterranean waters.
- UN war crimes panel urges Turkey to rein in allied militants in N Syria Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- A panel of United Nations war crimes investigators has called on Turkey to rein in allied militants in northern Syria, who may have committed a range of war crimes against civilians, including hostage-taking, rape and torture.
- Turkey does not expect EU sanctions over East Med dispute: Turkish FM People's Daily 15 Sep 2020 -- Turkey does not expect the European Union to impose sanctions on Ankara over its dispute with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.
- EU says ties with Turkey at turning point Press TV 15 Sep 2020 -- The European Union (EU)'s top diplomat has warned that the bloc's relations with Turkey are at a "watershed moment in history," urging Ankara to defuse tensions with neighboring Greece over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Greece ready for talks with Turkey, return of Oruc Reis to Antalya "a positive step": PM People's Daily 14 Sep 2020 -- Greece is willing to enter dialogue with Ankara once "provocations" stop to de-escalate recent tension in the Eastern Mediterranean over maritime borders, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, welcoming the return to Antalya of Oruc Reis, the Turkish seismic survey vessel which had been conducting research in a disputed area.
- Turkey: US disturbing balance in Eastern Mediterranean with Greek Cyprus deal Press TV 14 Sep 2020 -- Turkey's Foreign Ministry has expressed its objection to a recent agreement between the United States and the Greek Cyprus for the construction of a new training center, warning that the move could further undermine peace and stability in the region.
- Turkey Condemns US-Cyprus Agreement on Building New Training Facility, Foreign Ministry Says Sputnik 14 Sep 2020 -- The US-Cyprus agreement to construct a new regional border security training center on the island will not contribute to peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, Spokesperson of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hami Aksoy said.
- Turkey reports 1,509 new COVID-19 cases, 289,635 in total Global Times 13 Sep 2020 -- Turkey confirmed 1,509 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 289,635, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.
- Pompeo Says Concerned About Eastern Mediterranean Tensions, Turkey's Actions Sputnik 13 Sep 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concerns over tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean during his Saturday visit to Cyprus.
- Turkey's Oruc Reis research vessel returns to near southern port: Ship tracker shows Press TV 13 Sep 2020 -- Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis, which has been at the heart of a simmering standoff between Greece and Turkey over gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, has returned to a port in southern Turkey, a ship tracker shows.
- Turkey to Deploy Second Drilling Ship to Black Sea, Energy Minister Says Sputnik 13 Sep 2020 -- Turkey will deploy another drilling ship, named Kanuni, to the Black Sea, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Donmez said on Sunday.
- President Erdogan warns Macron not to 'mess' with Turkey over dispute with Greece Press TV 12 Sep 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron "not to mess" with Turkey, as tensions between the two NATO allies rise regarding the simmering standoff between Turkey and Greece over sea boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.
- 'Don't Mess With Turkey': Erdogan Warns Macron After Paris Slams Ankara Over Gas Drilling Row Sputnik 12 Sep 2020 -- Tensions between Athens and Ankara spiked early last month, after the Greek Foreign Ministry urged Turkey to immediately stop "illegal" oil and gas drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean, warning that Athens would defend itself if necessary.
- Turkey decries European statement in support of Greece as 'biased' Press TV 11 Sep 2020 -- Turkey has decried as "biased" a statement issued by European countries in which they threatened sanctions against Ankara in a dispute with Greece over maritime boundaries.
- Turkey Slams Southern EU States' Declaration Supporting Greece Amid EastMed Tensions Sputnik 11 Sep 2020 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned the declaration adopted at the Summit of the Southern EU Countries that expressed full support and solidarity with Cyprus and Greece in the face of Turkey's drilling activity in the Eastern Mediterranean and also proposed expanding sanctions against Ankara.
- France's Macron Says Southern Europe Ready for Dialogue With Turkey Sputnik 11 Sep 2020 -- French President Emmanuel Macron said the heads of the Southern Countries of the European Union bloc, also known as the Med7 were willing to conduct a responsible dialogue with Turkey in the wake of toughened Eastern Mediterranean tensions.
- Pentagon Eyeing Greece as 'Alternative' if Erdogan Closes Incirlik Base - US Senator Sputnik 11 Sep 2020 -- As relations between Turkey and the United States continue to worsen, US commanders and lawmakers are beginning to look for options for repositioning the substantial military assets at Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey. One option, a US senator recently said, is the Navy's base at Souda Bay, on the Greek island of Crete.
- Ankara denounces French president's 'arrogant' remarks on Turkey-Greece standoff in Mediterranean Press TV 10 Sep 2020 -- Turkey has condemned "arrogant" comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron on the simmering standoff between Turkey and Greece over sea boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Greece says dialog with Turkey important, but not 'at gunpoint' Press TV 10 Sep 2020 -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says dialog with Turkey over sea boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean is "important" provided that it is held on peaceful terms, not "at gunpoint."
- Turkey gives Daesh terrorist 40 life terms for 2017 Istanbul nightclub massacre Press TV 08 Sep 2020 -- A Turkish court has sentenced to life the main suspect in the 2017 New Year's Eve attack by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on a nightclub in the city of Istanbul.
- Russia offers to mediate between Cyprus, Turkey in maritime dispute Press TV 08 Sep 2020 -- Russia has offered to mediate between Cyprus and Turkey in a dispute over energy exploration rights in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Russia Rejects Any Steps in Mediterranean That Can Lead to Further Escalation, Lavrov Says Sputnik 08 Sep 2020 -- Turkey and Greece have recently clashed over a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean after Ankara sent a research vessel to look for energy resources off the coast of Cyprus.
- U.S., Turkish forces bring in military reinforcement to bases in NE Syria People's Daily 07 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. and Turkish forces on Sunday brought in new military reinforcements to their bases in the northeastern province of Hasakah, state news agency SANA reported.
- Turkey-Greece standoff: Erdogan urges EU sincerity in resolving territorial dispute Press TV 07 Sep 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told European Council President Charles Michel that the European Union's response to the East Mediterranean dispute would be a test of the bloc's sincerity.
- US, Turkey send more military reinforcements into bases in oil-rich northeast Syria Press TV 06 Sep 2020 -- US occupation forces have dispatched a convoy of trucks carrying military equipment to Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, Syrian media reports.
- Sanctions against Turkey on EU table over Greece tensions: France Press TV 06 Sep 2020 -- France says sanctions against Turkey are on the table during an upcoming meeting of the European Council as tensions with Greece deepen.
- Erdogan warns Greece to enter Mediterranean talks or face 'painful' consequences Press TV 06 Sep 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Greece to enter talks over disputed territorial claims in the eastern Mediterranean or face "painful" consequences.
- Iraqi parliament committee rejects direct negotiations with Turkey amid PKK operation Press TV 06 Sep 2020 -- The security and defense committee of Iraq's parliament has rejected direct negotiations with Turkey over an ongoing cross-border operation in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region against the hideouts of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
- Turkey stages military drills in north Cyprus amid tensions with Greece Press TV 06 Sep 2020 -- Turkey has kicked off its annual military exercises in the breakaway republic of northern Cyprus on Sunday amid growing dispute with Greece in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Turkey, Northern Cyprus to Hold Military Drills Amid Tensions in Mediterranean Sputnik 05 Sep 2020 -- Turkey and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will hold annual five-day military exercises starting from Sunday amid Ankara-Athens tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Saturday.
- Greece Rejects NATO Bid to De-Escalate Tensions With Turkey VOA 04 Sep 2020 -- Athens Thursday denied NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's earlier statement that Greece and Turkey had agreed to "technical talks" to avoid military clashes in the region. The move, critics say, dashes hopes of a breakthrough in rising tension in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Turkey accuses Greece of 'rejecting dialog, lying' in Mediterranean dispute Press TV 04 Sep 2020 -- Turkey has accused Greece of shunning dialog and lying after Athens denied it had agreed to NATO-brokered talks aimed at de-escalating tensions in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Athens Ready for Talks With Ankara After Withdrawal of Turkish Vessels, Greek Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 04 Sep 2020 -- Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that the country was ready to launch reconciliation talks with Turkey after Turkish vessels leave what Athens calls its continental shelf.
- Turkey: Top IS Militant Suspected of Planning Attack on Hagia Sophia Arrested VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- The Turkish police said they have arrested Mahmut Ozden, a major Islamic State (IS) figure in Turkey suspected of planning an attack on the newly converted Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.
- Uzbeks Among Alleged IS Members Apprehended In Turkey RFE/RL 03 Sep 2020 -- Several Uzbek nationals have been arrested along with dozens of other alleged members and supporters of the Islamic State (IS) group in Turkey.
- Turkey May Soon Greenlight Trials of Russian Vaccine Against COVID-19, Health Ministry Says Sputnik 02 Sep 2020 -- The Turkish authorities may soon issue a permit for trials of Russian vaccine against coronavirus infection, the country's health minister, Fahrettin Koca, said on Wednesday.
- US announces decision to partially lift arms ban on Cyprus, angering Turkey Press TV 02 Sep 2020 -- The United States says it is partially lifting a 33-year arms embargo on Cyprus, drawing a strong rebuke from Turkey, at a time of escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Turkey-Greece Maritime Squabble Risks 'Unfortunate War' VOA 01 Sep 2020 -- It was the Greeks' first military clash with their onetime colonial overlords, the Turks, since they had secured their independence from the Ottoman Empire half a century earlier.
- Turkey extends energy exploration operations in Mediterranean, irking Greece Press TV 01 Sep 2020 -- Turkey has extended operations by a seismic research vessel in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, drawing an angry reaction from Greece.
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