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October 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Iran, Turkey had undeniable role in peace, stability of region: Araghchi ISNA 31 Oct 2020 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Seyyed Abbas Araghchi in a message pointed to key role of Iran and Turkey in peace and stability of the region.
- NATO Allies Growing Weary of Turkish Aggression VOA 29 Oct 2020 -- The United States is pushing NATO countries to work with Turkey in hopes of healing divisions that have seen Ankara move closer to Russia, but at least one of those allies is bracing for more turmoil.
- France-Turkey Dispute Grows Over Cartoons and Influence in Africa VOA 29 Oct 2020 -- The war of words between France and Turkey over cartoons portraying Islam's Prophet Muhammad, triggered by the recent beheading of a French teacher, continues to escalate. But behind the diplomatic storm over freedom of expression versus religious sensitivity is a bitter rivalry for influence in Africa.
- West Is in Danger of Losing Turkey, US Warns VOA 28 Oct 2020 -- The United States is warning Turkey against taking any additional steps to operationalize its Russian-made S-400 air defense system, warning there will be consequences even if that risks pushing Ankara closer to an alliance with Moscow.
- Putin, Erdogan discuss Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya Press TV 28 Oct 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep concern about the persisting conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as the rising presence of foreign terrorists in the clashes in a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart.
- Turkey calls for 'realistic proposal' for two-state solution in Cyprus Press TV 27 Oct 2020 -- The Turkish president has called for discussions on "a realistic proposal" toward a two-state solution for the divided island of Cyprus, saying the parameters of current talks on the issue are not sustainable.
- Greece Concerned by Arms Supply to Turkey, Ankara's 'Expansionist' Ambitions, Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 26 Oct 2020 -- Athens is concerned by arms supply to Turkey, as these weapons are used to destabilise all regional countries, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday following a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
- Greece Accuses Turkey of 'Fueling Tensions', Violating International Law in Eastern Mediterranean Sputnik 26 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's calls for a dialogue on the disputed areas of the Eastern Mediterranean are nothing but empty words, while Ankara's continued geological explorations in the area escalate the existing tensions, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday.
- Erdogan Calls for Boycott of French Goods VOA 26 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish citizens to boycott French goods in response to what he says is France's "anti-Islam" agenda.
- Greece denounces as 'illegal' Turkey's extension of survey mission in Mediterranean Sea Press TV 25 Oct 2020 -- Greece has condemned Turkey's decision to once again extend the work of its seismic research vessel in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, vowing to lodge a complaint against Ankara.
- Turkey Extends Geological Exploration Mission in Eastern Mediterranean Until 4 November Sputnik 25 Oct 2020 -- The Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis will conduct geological explorations of hydrocarbon deposits in disputed areas of the Eastern Mediterranean until 4 November, the Office of Navigation, Hydrography, and Oceanography of the Turkish Naval Forces said on Sunday.
- 'Washington Has No Idea About Who It Deals With': Erdogan Brushes Off US Criticism Over S-400 Sputnik 25 Oct 2020 -- On Saturday, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar stated that the country's military is checking its S-400 air defence systems and preparing them for deployment.
- US Mission in Turkey Warns Americans of Possible Terrorist Attacks VOA 24 Oct 2020 -- U.S. officials in Turkey have warned Americans in the country of possible terror attacks in Istanbul and other areas within the country.
- Turkish president says Turkey tests Russian S-400 anti-missile system People's Daily 24 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Friday that the Turkish army had been testing Russian S-400 anti-missile defense systems.
- France Recalls Its Ambassador to Turkey as Erdogan Claims Macron Needs 'Mental Checks' Sputnik 24 Oct 2020 -- The development follows Turkish President Erdogan's harsh reaction towards new measures that his French counterpart announced in response to the beheading of a school teacher by a Muslim refugee for showing Prophet Muhammad cartoons to pupils in a Paris suburb.
- France recalling ambassador to Turkey over Erdogan's remarks about President Macron Press TV 24 Oct 2020 -- France says it is summoning its ambassador to Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron should undergo medical treatment over his Islamophobic comments.
- Macron needs 'mental health treatment' for Islamophobic attitude: Erdogan Press TV 24 Oct 2020 -- 'What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level.'
- Pentagon warns Turkey of 'serious consequences' over missile system test Press TV 24 Oct 2020 -- The United States military has warned Turkey of "serious consequences" after Ankara confirmed that it has tested a Russian-made missile defense system.
- Turkey Continuing to Check and Prepare Russian-Made S-400s for Deployment, Defence Minister Says Sputnik 24 Oct 2020 -- A day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that Ankara won't be holding any consultations with the US regarding tests of the air defence systems.
- US Slams Turkey for S-400 Tests, Warns of 'Serious Consequences' VOA 23 Oct 2020 -- Tensions between the United States and Turkey appear to be growing, following the latest war of words between the two allies over Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system.
- Erdogan confirms tests of Russian S-400s, brushes aside US objections Press TV 23 Oct 2020 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirms that Turkey has tested its Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems despite objections from the US, saying Ankara does not need Washington's permission for evaluating the performance of its military hardware.
- Pentagon Says Turkey's Test of S-400 Risks 'Serious Consequences' for Relationship With US Sputnik 23 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's test of the S-400 air defense system may have serious consequences for Ankara's relationship with Washington, Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said in a Friday statement.
- Turkey Not Going to Discuss S-400 Tests With US, Erdogan Says Sputnik 23 Oct 2020 -- Turkey will not have any consultations with the United States regarding tests of the S-400 air defence systems purchased from Russia, Washington's approach is not binding, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
- Turkey extends gas exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters Press TV 22 Oct 2020 -- Turkey says it will continue exploring for gas and oil in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, prolonging a dispute with Greece, which also lays claims to the waters.
- Turkey's S-400 batteries not to be integrated into NATO systems: Defense minister Press TV 22 Oct 2020 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says the highly advanced S-400 air defense systems that his country has bought from Russia will not be integrated into the systems of the NATO military alliance, and will be deployed independently.
- Turkey Still Open to Buying US Patriot System Despite Purchase of Russia's S-400s - Defence Minister Sputnik 22 Oct 2020 -- Last week, the United States condemned "in the strongest terms" Turkey's reported test of the nation's S-400 air defence systems, after a video began circulating in the Turkish media showing what appears to be the trail of a missile launch in the city of Sinop.
- Greece Puts Navy on Alert as Turkey Tensions Flare Again VOA 21 Oct 2020 -- Greece's navy has issued a code orange alert, advising battleships to surround a cluster of tiny islands in the southeast Aegean Sea and prepare for potential hostile action from Turkey. The dangerous standoff is further complicating efforts by the United States and the European Union to get the two sides to negotiate a maritime settlement.
- Greece calls on EU allies to impose arms embargo on Turkey Press TV 20 Oct 2020 -- Greece has called on several fellow European Union (EU) members to impose an arms embargo on Turkey, amid a growing dispute between the two neighbors over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- Greece Slams Extension of Turkey's Search And Rescue Area in Eastern Mediterranean Illegal Sputnik 19 Oct 2020 -- The Greek government challenged on Monday the legitimacy of Turkey's intention to extend the area in the Eastern Mediterranean where it has the authority to conduct search and rescue operations, as it covers areas within Greece's jurisdiction.
- German Foreign Minister Maas Says Turkey's Latest Seismic Surveys 'Very Bad Surprise' Sputnik 19 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's decision to conduct new seismic exploration surveys of the seabed near the Greek island of Kastellorizo comes as a "very bad surprise," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini in an interview as tensions remain high in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Erdogan Says 'Thoughtless' Imitation of West Caused Largest Damage to Turkey Sputnik 19 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the thoughtless imitation of the West has caused Turkey the greatest damage.
- Turkish forces, allied militants shell town in northeastern Syria Press TV 19 Oct 2020 -- Turkish forces and allied Takfiri militants have reportedly shelled residential areas in the countryside of Syria's northeastern province of Raqqah.
- Turkish Cypriots vote in presidential run-off amid tensions Press TV 18 Oct 2020 -- Turkish Cypriots have begun voting in a tight run-off election to pick a new president, amid an escalation of tensions between Turkey and Greece over a territorial dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Erdogan Congratulates Pro-Turkey Winner in Northern Cyprus Presidential Election Sputnik 18 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the president-elect of the unrecognized Republic of Northern Cyprus, Ersin Tatar, on his victory in Sunday's election.
- EU 'captive' to Greece in Eastern Mediterranean row: Erdogan Press TV 18 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has censured the European Union's stance in a dispute over energy exploration and territorial rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying the bloc has become "captive" to Greece.
- Turkey's Erdogan Blames US, Russia & France for Helping Arm Armenia Sputnik 18 Oct 2020 -- Armed clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh region broke out on 27 September, with both Armenian and Azerbaijani sides accusing each other of firing the first shot.
- Turkish president announces more gas reserves in Black Sea People's Daily 18 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that Turkey found more gas reserves in the Black Sea.
- Ankara Accuses Armenia of Committing War Crimes by Shelling Azerbaijani Cities Sputnik 17 Oct 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called shelling of Azerbaijani cities by Armenia amid the escalation of tension in conflict-torn Nagorno-Karabakh region war crimes, adding that those responsible will be held accountable.
- Erdogan Announces Discovery of 85Bln Tonnes of Additional Gas in Black Sea Sputnik 17 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the discovery of additional reserves of natural gas in the Black Sea, bringing the total volume of the discovery to 405 billion cubic tonnes.
- US Condemns Turkey for Testing Russian-Made S-400 Missile VOA 17 Oct 2020 -- The United States has condemned Turkey for testing a highly advanced Russian air defense system on Friday, disregarding U.S. warnings.
- EU denounces Turkey's 'provocations' in Mediterranean Sea Press TV 16 Oct 2020 -- Leaders of the European Union (EU) member states have reaffirmed their support for Greece and Cyprus against the "unilateral and provocative actions" of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
- EU Council President Says Bloc Bemoans Turkey's 'Provocations' in East Mediterranean Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- On Thursday, France and Germany warned Turkey against continuing to provoke the EU with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, giving Ankara a week to clarify its position on exploring natural gas in the area.
- Paris, Berlin Warn Ankara Against 'Provocative Acts' After Turkish Survey Ship Returns to East Med Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- Late last week, the Greek foreign minister condemned Turkey's decision to restart operations of its gas exploration ship in the Eastern Mediterranean as a "direct threat to regional peace and security".
- Pompeo Condemns Northern Cyprus' Move to Reopen Varosha as 'Provocative' Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a phone call with his Cypriot counterpart that the latest reopening of Varosha by Northern Cyprus is "provocative" and not consistent with efforts to conduct settlement talks, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Friday.
- Turkey Restricts Area for Possible Testing of Its S-400 Systems Near Black Sea Coast Sputnik 16 Oct 2020 -- Earlier this month, Washington said that Turkey's S-400 deal with Russia remains "a major obstacle" in US-Turkish relations. The US has repeatedly claimed that the S-400 air defence systems are incompatible with NATO security standards, allegations that Turkey rejects.
- Turkey arrests suspected spy for UAE Press TV 16 Oct 2020 -- Turkey has arrested a man suspected of spying on foreign Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- Over 40,000 health professionals test positive for COVID-19 in Turkey: minister People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- More than 40,000 healthcare professionals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Turkey since the pandemic outbreak, while the number of the medical staff who lost their lives from the infection has reached 107, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.
- 8 foreign suspects detained over links to IS in Turkey People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- Turkish police detained eight foreign nationals in two separate operations over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) militant group, local media reported on Wednesday.
- France and Germany Tell Turkey to Stop Provocations SPA 15 Oct 2020 -- France and Germany accused Turkey today, on Thursday of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and urged it to clarify its positions in the coming weeks, Reuters reported.
- Russia, Turkey agree on strict adherence to Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- Russia expressed the hope that Turkey would contribute in a constructive manner to the de-escalation of the conflict, considering Turkey's membership in the OSCE.
- Russia, Turkey call for joint efforts to end Karabakh conflict Press TV 15 Oct 2020 -- Russia and Turkey have called for international cooperation and joint efforts to end the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Turkey to announce discovery of new gas reserves in Black Sea People's Daily 15 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that he would announce the size of new gas reserves off the Black Sea this week while visiting the Turkish drilling ship "Fatih".
- Turkey survey ship resumes Mediterranean operations, prompting outcry Press TV 14 Oct 2020 -- Turkey has sent a survey ship back to waters contested with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, prompting an outcry from Athens and its Western allies.
- German Foreign Minister Maas Says 'Extremely Surprised' by Turkey's Actions Sputnik 14 Oct 2020 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was "extremely surprised" by the latest actions of Turkey after successfully bringing the contradictions between Turkey and Greece onto the path of diplomacy.
- Turkish Drone Power Displayed in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict VOA 13 Oct 2020 -- Turkish-made drones are playing a role in Azerbaijan's offensive in the breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Drones have become an integral part of Turkey's foreign policy, but Turkey's drone industry is facing scrutiny from the international community.
- U.S. Response to Turkey's Renewed Survey Activity in the Eastern Mediterranean US Dept. of State 13 Oct 2020 -- "The United States deplores Turkey's October 11 announcement of renewed Turkish survey activity in areas over which Greece asserts jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean."
- Greece rejects talks until Turkey withdraws ship from Mediterranean Press TV 13 Oct 2020 -- Greece says it has no plans to hold talks with Turkey on defusing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean unless Ankara withdraws an energy research ship from the disputed areas.
- Germany warns Turkey against 'provocation' in Mediterranean Press TV 13 Oct 2020 -- Germany has urged Turkey to refrain from "provocation" in the Eastern Mediterranean, following Ankara's decision to send a seismic research ship back to disputed waters with Greece.
- Austria's Kurz Warns Ankara of Possible EU Sanctions Over Seismic Surveys in Mediterranean Sputnik 13 Oct 2020 -- Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that the European Union would impose sanctions against Ankara if Turkey continued its seismic explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Greece denounces as 'direct threat to regional peace' Turkey's decision to send back survey ship to disputed waters Press TV 12 Oct 2020 -- Greece has condemned Turkey's decision to send its research ship to the Eastern Mediterranean on a seismic survey mission, vowing to press the European Union to impose sanctions on Ankara over the move.
- Turkey once again sending seismic survey ship to disputed waters with Greece Press TV 12 Oct 2020 -- Turkey is once again planning to send its research ship to the Eastern Mediterranean on a seismic survey mission, after hopes for deescalation of tensions with its NATO ally Greece were dashed with the European Union's sanctions threat against Ankara.
- Greece Slams Turkey's Move to Send Research Ship to East Med as 'Direct Threat to Regional Peace' Sputnik 12 Oct 2020 -- The gas reserves of the eastern Mediterranean have been in the centre of tensions between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, which all have competing claims to the territory.
- Incumbent president, Turkey-backed premier to vie in Northern Cyprus runoff Press TV 12 Oct 2020 -- Incumbent President Mustafa Akinci and Ankara-backed Prime Minister Ersin Tatar will go to a presidential run-off in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus following an election Sunday.
- Turkey's defense minister says Armenia must leave Azerbaijan's territory Press TV 12 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says Armenian forces must immediately leave Azerbaijan's territory.
- UAE: Turkish base in Qatar source of instability in Persian Gulf Press TV 11 Oct 2020 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has criticized Turkey's military presence in Qatar, saying the Turkish base in the Arab country destabilizes the Persian Gulf region.
- Turkey's Military Presence in Qatar 'Emergency' for Gulf States, UAE Diplomat Says Sputnik 11 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's military presence in Qatar contributes to negative polarization in the region and poses an emergency to the Gulf nations, Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, said.
- Nagorno-Karabakh truce efforts bound to fail unless Armenia withdraws: Turkey Press TV 09 Oct 2020 -- Turkey says efforts toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh are bound to fail unless a withdrawal of Armenian forces from the territory is ensured.
- US Urges Turkey to 'Pull Back' S-400 Defence System Sputnik 09 Oct 2020 -- The United States calls on Turkey to pull back its S-400 air defence system and assist in the security of NATO's southern flank, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Friday.
- 'Out of Question': Turkey Denies Using Russian S-400 to Detect Greek Air Force F-16s Sputnik 09 Oct 2020 -- The allegation was made by American lawmakers, who used it to partially justify a call to introduce sanctions against Turkey over the acquisition of the air defence systems from Russia.
- Photos Reportedly Show Turkish F-16 Jets Sent to Azerbaijan After Ankara Dismissed Yerevan's Claim Sputnik 08 Oct 2020 -- Satellite photos from over the weekend seem to prove the Armenian government's claim that Turkey has secretly sent several F-16 fighter jets to Azerbaijan amid the renewed conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Ankara previously dismissed Yerevan's claims an F-16 had shot down one of its planes as a "cheap propaganda stunt."
- UAE, Turkey routinely violating Libya arms embargo: Investigation Press TV 08 Oct 2020 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey have been routinely violating a 2011 arms embargo on Libya and fueling the protracted war in the North African country, according to an investigation.
- Senators Urge US to Sanction Turkey Amid Reports Ankara Activated S-400 to Detect F-16s Sputnik 07 Oct 2020 -- Two US Senators on Wednesday urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Ankara over reports that Turkey has activated its Russian-made S-400 air defense systems to detect F-16 fighter jets flown by NATO.
- Greece welcomes moves by Turkey to ease tensions Press TV 06 Oct 2020 -- Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says he welcomes moves by Turkey to defuse the current tensions between the two countries over sea boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Fighting Intensifies in Nagorno-Karabakh; Turkey Testing Both Russia, US VOA 06 Oct 2020 -- Armenia and Azerbaijan are accusing each other of targeting civilian populations in a dangerous flare-up over the disputed separatist enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Turkey Slams Canada for Suspending Exports of Combat Drone Tech to Ankara Amid Karabakh Conflict Sputnik 06 Oct 2020 -- Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Azerbaijan to go ahead with its offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, while Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused Ankara of being directly involved in the Azeri-Armenian hostilities.
- Canada to suspend arms sales to NATO ally Turkey over Karabakh Press TV 06 Oct 2020 -- The Ottawa government says it is suspending its arms exports to Turkey, a fellow member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), over the alleged "improper" use of Canadian weapons in the ongoing clashes between Baku and Yerevan over Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Canada Suspends Export Permits to Turkey Amid Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Foreign Minister Says Sputnik 05 Oct 2020 -- Ottawa has suspended export permits to Ankara amid accusations that Canadian military equipment is being used in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a Monday statement.
- Turkey must definitely be in any peace process, Aliyev says of Karabakh conflict Press TV 05 Oct 2020 -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev says Turkey should take part in any peace process for the Nagorno-Karabakh following a potential future ceasefire, amid a worrying flare-up of deadly clashes in the disputed region between Azerbaijan and Armenia-backed forces.
- Turkey pulls back drilling ship from Cyprus ahead of NATO chief visit Press TV 05 Oct 2020 -- Turkey has apparently taken a step towards deescalation in the disputed Mediterranean waters by pulling back its drilling ship from southwest of Cyprus ahead of a planned visit by NATO chief.
- Secretary General in Ankara: Turkey is a valued NATO Ally NATO 05 Oct 2020 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg started a two-day visit to Turkey and Greece on Monday (5 October 2020).
- NATO Urges Turkey to Get Rid of S-400s, Says They Could 'Pose a Risk to Allied Aircraft' Sputnik 05 Oct 2020 -- In July, US lawmakers again threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara over its 2017 move to buy the S-400 air defence system from Russia. Turkey's purchase has already led to Ankara's expulsion from the F-35 programme.
- Turkey's Erdogan, Libya's Sarraj reaffirm bilateral cooperation in Istanbul meeting Press TV 05 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met with Libya's outgoing Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who heads the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the North African country.
- Erdogan Holds Talks With Head of Libya's Government of National Accord Sputnik 05 Oct 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held talks with the head of the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Sarraj, the Turkish presidential administration informed in a statement.
- Turkey reports 1,502 new COVID-19 patients, 323,014 in total Global Times 04 Oct 2020 -- Turkey's number of COVID-19 patients increased by 1,502 on Saturday, raising the tally to 323,014, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.
- Turkey lambastes Armenia for 'attacks' on civilians in Azerbaijan's Ganja Press TV 04 Oct 2020 -- Turkey says Armenia's 'attacks' on civilians in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja constitute disregard for laws and regulations am
- Turkish artillery strikes Syrian military positions in Idlib, no casualties reported Press TV 04 Oct 2020 -- A London-based war monitoring group says Turkish military units have hit the positions of Syrian government troops in the eastern part of the country's northwestern province of Idlib with no immediate report of casualties.
- Military de-confliction mechanism between Greece and Turkey established at NATO NATO 01 Oct 2020 -- Following a series of technical meetings between the Military Representatives of Greece and Turkey at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, a bilateral military de-confliction mechanism was established on Thursday (1 October 2020). The mechanism is designed to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean. It includes the creation of a hotline between Greece and Turkey, to facilitate de-confliction at sea or in the air.
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