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November 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Turkish survey ship returns to base ahead of EU meet Press TV 30 Nov 2020 -- Turkey has decided to once again return home its seismic research vessel from the disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea ahead of a European Union meeting.
- Turkish Vessel Ends Seismic Research in Disputed Waters of East Mediterranean, Ministry Says Sputnik 30 Nov 2020 -- Turkey's Oruc Reis vessel ended its seismic exploration mission in the Greek-claimed waters of the Eastern Mediterranean and returned to the port of Antalya on Monday, less than two weeks before the EU leaders' summit, the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry said.
- Biden Presidency, Economic Realities Spur Turkey-Saudi Rapprochement VOA 30 Nov 2020 -- Turkey's relations with Saudi Arabia appear to be thawing after years of regional rivalry, with both countries' leaders pledging to improve bilateral ties. Analysts suggest factors that are leading to the improvement in ties could be economic matters as well as an incoming Joe Biden presidency.
- Qatar to invest billions of dollars in Turkey as economy struggles amid lira drop Press TV 27 Nov 2020 -- Qatar has agreed to invest billions of dollars in Turkey, including purchase of shares in the country's main stock market, as part of a number of economic initiatives agreed between the two countries at a time when Turkey's economic crisis grinds on.
- Ankara Starts Probe After German Warship Attempts to Search Turkish Cargo Vessel Off Libya Sputnik 27 Nov 2020 -- Germany and other European nations have suspected Ankara of violating the United Nations Security Council's arms embargo against civil-war-torn Libya. On Monday, German authorities confirmed that an attempted inspection of a Turkish-flagged cargo ship bound for the North African nation was stopped following a vocal protest by Turkish authorities.
- Greece Rejects Turkey's Renewed Call for Talks VOA 26 Nov 2020 -- Greece has rejected new calls by Turkey to start exploratory talks to settle their maritime differences, feeding into a long-running and dangerous energy standoff in the eastern Mediterranean. The snub comes as Greece tries to increase pressure on its European allies to impose sanctions on Turkey during a summit next week. Beyond Europe, Greece is also shoring up international support, including in the Middle East, to press Turkey to back down from what it believes are irrational and unsubstantiated claims in the region.
- Turkish court gives life sentences to 337 in mass coup attempt trial Press TV 26 Nov 2020 -- A Turkish court has jailed 337 former pilots and other suspects for life on charges of involvement in the botched July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkey says does not expect US sanctions over S-400 missile systems under Biden Press TV 26 Nov 2020 -- A high-ranking official from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) says Ankara does not anticipate Washington's sanctions over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 defense missile systems after US president-elect Joe Biden takes office.
- Turkey's Governing Party Believes Next US Administration Won't Impose Sanctions Over S-400s Purchase Sputnik 26 Nov 2020 -- The current US administration, as well as the Congress, has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey over its procurement of S-400 air defence systems from Russia â€“ first vowing to do so upon delivery, then upon actual deployment. Ankara has repeatedly refused to comply with the US demands.
- Turkey's Erdogan Expected to Stand Down in Spat With EU If Bloc Shows Unity, Reports Suggest Sputnik 25 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is predicted to stand down in his row with the European Union should the bloc's member states show unity and mount a convincing challenge, a source in Brussels told the EURACTIV portal on Wednesday.
- Putin, Erdogan Discuss Progress of Implementation of Agreements on Karabakh Sputnik 24 Nov 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the implementation of the agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh by phone, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.
- Turkish court adds new Saudi suspects in Khashoggi case Press TV 24 Nov 2020 -- A court in Turkey has named new suspects in the case against Saudi officials charged with the state-sponsored murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018, saying the measure is needed to help reveal the full truth behind the killing.
- Turkey summons EU, Germany, Italy envoys to protest search of Libya-bound vessel Press TV 24 Nov 2020 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the ambassadors of Germany, Italy and the European Union (EU) to protest the interception of a Turkish-flagged commercial ship bound for Libya in the Eastern Mediterranean by an EU-led mission.
- Turkey Not Disappointed With S-400 Acquisition Despite Reports, Diplomatic Source Says Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- The acquisition of the Russian air defence systems by Turkey met with severe opposition from Washington, which threatened to impose sanctions on Ankara. This, however, did not stop Turkey from buying them and reportedly testing their functionality recently.
- Turkey's Ruling Party Insists S-400 Purchase Is Not Subject for 'Bargaining' With US Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- Ankara believes that political bargaining with the United States over purchasing Russia's S-400 air defense systems is unacceptable, since it procured the S-400 for protecting the national security, Omer Celik, the spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party, said on Monday.
- Turkey Protests Check of Cargo Ship in Mediterranean Suspected of Violation of Arms Embargo on Libya Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- German authorities on Monday confirmed reports about the interruption of an inspection of a Turkish vessel suspected of smuggling weapons to Libya and said that EU leaders would discuss the incident at the December summit.
- Ankara Says Turkish Military Will Work in Monitoring Centre With Russia on Karabakh For 1 Year Sputnik 22 Nov 2020 -- Turkish servicemen will work in the joint centre for monitoring a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh with Russia for one year, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday.
- Turkey part of Europe, but won't bow down to pressure, double standards: Erdogan Press TV 22 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the European Union (EU) of double standards against Turkey, saying his country will not bow down to pressures in order to gain full membership of the bloc.
- Turkey Extends Geological Exploration in Disputed East Med Area Until 29 November, Navy Says Sputnik 21 Nov 2020 -- The Oruc Reis, a Turkish research vessel will continue its seismic exploration in the disputed area of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, near the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo, until 29 November, the navy's Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography said on Saturday.
- Macron accuses Turkey, Russia of pushing anti-French sentiment in Africa Press TV 21 Nov 2020 -- French President Emmanuel Macron has accused Turkey and Russia of whipping up anti-France sentiments across Africa by funding individuals that incite resentment against Paris in the local media.
- Macron Says Russia, Turkey Fuel Anti-French Sentiment in Africa Sputnik 20 Nov 2020 -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said that the rise of anti-French sentiment in the African countries was sparked by Russia and Turkey, which speculate on the French colonial history.
- Turkey's Erdogan Promises Human Rights Reforms VOA 19 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pledging sweeping human rights reforms, a move that analysts say anticipates increased scrutiny by a new U.S. administration. It also comes as opinion polls indicate plummeting support for Erdogan's party.
- Turkish parliament approves deployment of troops in Azerbaijan People's Daily 18 Nov 2020 -- The Turkish Parliament Tuesday passed a motion to allow the deployment of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan for monitoring a cease-fire agreement over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Turkey Approves Sending Troops To Joint Russian Monitoring Center In Azerbaijan RFE/RL 17 Nov 2020 -- The Turkish parliament has passed a resolution to send troops to monitor a Russia-brokered peace accord between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
- Cyprus standoff: Erdogan irks EU by insisting on two-state division of island Press TV 16 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for an equal "two-state" solution in Cyprus and warned against what he described as "diplomacy games" over Turkey's rights to offshore resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- Turkish Presidency Reportedly Submits Motion on Sending Troops to Azerbaijan Sputnik 16 Nov 2020 -- Last week, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar concluded a memorandum on creating a joint centre to control the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Turkey to send peacekeeping troops to Azerbaijan to monitor Karabakh truce Press TV 16 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked for parliamentary authorization for the deployment of peacekeeping troops to Azerbaijan, in the wake of an agreement with Russia to jointly monitor a ceasefire that has brought weeks of fierce fighting to an end in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Erdogan Calls for Cyprus Talks Based on 'Two Separate States' Sputnik 15 Nov 2020 -- The island has been divided into two parts since 1974, when Northern Cyprus was occupied by the Turkish troops. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared in 1983, but it has only been recognised by Ankara since.
- Technology, Tactics, And Turkish Advice Lead Azerbaijan To Victory In Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 13 Nov 2020 -- It took Azerbaijan just 43 days to win back its territory around the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh -- seven districts of mountains and foothills that were occupied by Armenian separatists since Baku's humiliating battlefield failures of the early 1990s.
- Turkey Capable of Overcoming Consequences of Arms Embargo, Erdogan Says Sputnik 13 Nov 2020 -- Turkey has made significant achievements in developing its defence industry and is capable of overcoming the consequences of an arms embargo, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
- Biden Presidency Could Be Pivotal in US-Turkey Relations, Analysts Say VOA 13 Nov 2020 -- Turkish analysts say Joe Biden's projected presidential election victory could prove to be a pivotal moment in Turkey's relations with the United States -- one that could see Ankara pivoting back to its traditional Western allies or further deepening ties with Russia and China.
- Greek-Turkish Rivalry Persists, Even in Celebration of Possible Coronavirus Vaccine VOA 12 Nov 2020 -- Greece and Turkey have long been at loggerheads over a host of issues â€“ from a scattering of uninhabited islands in the Aegean Sea that divide them, to the origins of souvlaki.
- Turkey will use S-400 system just like NATO members employ S-300: Defense minister Press TV 12 Nov 2020 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar downplays concerns over his country's intention to utilize its highly advanced Russian-built S-400 air defense systems, saying Ankara will use the armament just as other members of the NATO military alliance employ their S-300 defense systems.
- Turkey Remains Ready to Discuss Compatibility of Its S-400s With F-35 Jets, Defence Minister Says Sputnik 12 Nov 2020 -- Ankara's decision in 2017 to purchase the Russian-made air defence system has contributed to a sharp decline in Turkish-US relations. Last month, Washington condemned "in the strongest terms" Turkey's testing of its S-400s. NATO, meanwhile, has warned that the air defence system poses "risks" to allied aircraft.
- Russia, Turkey Sign Memorandum on Creation of Joint Centre to Control Ceasefire in Karabakh Sputnik 11 Nov 2020 -- Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, signed a memorandum on the establishment of a joint centre to control the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Macron: France Demands Turkey Stop All Provocations Vis-a-Vis Nagorno-Karabakh Standoff Sputnik 10 Nov 2020 -- The Elysee's statements follow a number of fiery exchanges between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish couterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including on the issue of the ethnic Armenian enclave Nagorno-Karabakh, and threats of Islamist terrorism.
- Video: Turkey Launching Program for Country's First Armed Unmanned Surface Vessel Sputnik 10 Nov 2020 -- Turkish defense companies Meteksan Defense Inc. and Ares Shipyard have teamed up to construct Ankara's first armed unmanned surface vehicle (AUSV), complete with artificial intelligence.
- Turkey withdraws from another base in northwest Syria: Report Press TV 10 Nov 2020 -- Turkish troops have reportedly withdrawn from a second military base in northwestern Syria, as territory held by Turkish-backed militants further shrinks in the Arab country.
- Aliyev Says Turkey And Russia Will Jointly Carry Out Peacekeeping Activities in Karabakh Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- The Azerbaijani president says a new peacekeeping center will monitor implementation of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Turkish finance minister resigns amid currency crisis Press TV 09 Nov 2020 -- Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has announced his resignation for health reasons, a day after the central bank chief was fired amid a currency meltdown.
- Erdogan Accepts Resignation of Turkish Finance Minister Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the resignation of Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, the Turkish leader's office said in a statement.
- Turkey's finance minister announces resignation as lira keeps tumbling Press TV 08 Nov 2020 -- Turkey's Finance Minister Berat Albayrak has announced he is resigning from the post amid the continued plunge of the national currency lira and growing economic problems in the country because of the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
- US to seek PKK's removal from Syria in new alliance with Turkey Press TV 08 Nov 2020 -- The Trump administration is reportedly seeking to diminish and eventually eliminate the presence in Syria of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), citing the group's terrorist ties, in a bid to forge new collaboration in Syria with Turkey, which also illegally occupies the terror-ravaged Arab state.
- Turkey's Erdogan replaces central bank governor as lira plummets Press TV 07 Nov 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has removed the central bank governor from his post and replaced him with former finance minister Naci Agbal after the national currency lira depreciated to a record against the US dollar.
- France Condemns Turkey's 'Declarations Of Violence' RFE/RL 05 Nov 2020 -- France has condemned what it called "declarations of violence" by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and raised the possibility of new sanctions against Ankara.
- Turkey vows 'firm' response to France ban on 'Grey Wolves' Press TV 04 Nov 2020 -- Turkey has vowed to 'respond in the firmest way' to France's decision to dissolve the Turkish Grey Wolves group.
- France To Ban Turkish Ultranationalist Gray Wolves After Anti-Armenian Activities RFE/RL 03 Nov 2020 -- France will ban the Turkish ultranationalist Gray Wolves group, the interior minister said, days after its members were linked to anti-Armenian demonstrations and vandalism.
- Turkish troops completely pull out of major military base in northwestern Syria Press TV 02 Nov 2020 -- Turkish troops have completely withdrawn from a military base in northwest Syria, which was surrounded by Syrian government forces last year, but are apparently beefing up their presence elsewhere in the region.
- Turkey Extends Seismic Survey in Disputed East Mediterranean Area Sputnik 01 Nov 2020 -- Turkey's Oruc Reis research vessel will continue its seismic exploration in the disputed area of the Eastern Mediterranean, near the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo, until 14 November, the navy's Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography has announced.
- Turkey extends research vessel mission in eastern Mediterranean again Press TV 01 Nov 2020 -- Turkey has decided to extend once again the work of its seismic research vessel in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, despite warnings from Greece that such move is at odds with international efforts to ease tensions between the two sides.
- Turkish FM in Azerbaijan as tensions flare over Karabakh Press TV 01 Nov 2020 -- Turkey's foreign minister has arrived in Baku for talks over an ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
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