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December 2020 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- First batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Turkey People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The first batch of 3 million doses of China's SinoVac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara early Wednesday.
- Iran starts human trials of indigenous COVID-19 vaccine; Turkey's tally tops 2.17 mln Global Times 30 Dec 2020 -- Iran on Tuesday started the human trials of its indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. Meanwhile, the tally of Turkey's coronavirus cases surpassed 2.17 million after 15,805 new infections were added.
- Turkish soldiers arrive in Azerbaijan for cease-fire monitoring mission: minister People's Daily 30 Dec 2020 -- Turkey sent soldiers to Azerbaijan to join Russian forces at an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a cease-fire deal to end clashes, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday.
- Turkey takes charge of NATO high readiness force NATO 30 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish army will take the lead of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) on Friday (1 January 2021), placing thousands of soldiers on standby, ready to deploy within days.
- Turkey-US Group on S-400 Issue Not Yet Created, Talks Underway, Ankara Source Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Turkey and the United States have not yet established a joint working group to discuss Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems, but are currently holding negotiations on the subject, a Turkish Foreign Ministry source told reporters on Wednesday.
- Turkey, US Set up Working Group on S-400, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Last week, Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told the broadcaster NTV that Anakara expects the US to urgently revise its "mistaken" decision to slap sanctions over the purchase of S-400s.
- Turkey hands life sentence to 92 people over 2016 coup attempt Press TV 30 Dec 2020 -- A court in Turkey has handed life sentences to 92 people, including former high-ranking army officials, for involvement in the 2016 failed coup.
- Turkish Lawmakers Vow to Block Extradition Treaty With China That Puts Uyghurs at Risk Radio Free Asia 29 Dec 2020 -- China's National People's Congress ratified a treaty with Turkey at the weekend allowing for the forcible deportation of ethnic Uyghurs fleeing persecution by authorities in Xinjiang, with opposition lawmakers in Turkey vowing to block ratification in their own parliament.
- Russia expands military reinforcements in Syria's flashpoint north Press TV 28 Dec 2020 -- Russia says it has sent reinforcements to an area in northern Syria where militants supported by the Turkish government and Kurdish fighters patronized by Washington have been engaged in clashes in the vicinity of a strategic highway.
- Turkey's military kills 15 Kurdish YPG militants in northeast Syria Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish military has killed at least 15 Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) amid reports that the group was planning to carry out an attack in a territory controlled by Ankara-backed occupying forces in northeastern Syria.
- Haftar forces 'legitimate targets' if Turkish troops attacked: Ankara Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's defense chief has warned that forces loyal to Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar would become "legitimate targets" if they attacked Turkish troops in the North African country.
- Ankara Says Any Attack on Turkish Troops to Make Haftar Forces 'Legitimate Targets' Sputnik 27 Dec 2020 -- Ankara will deem the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) a "legitimate target" should it try to attack Turkish troops deployed in the North African country, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said.
- Turkey comes down hard on NGOs in 'anti-terror' bid Press TV 27 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's parliament has approved a law drafted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party that enables deeply intrusive oversight of non-governmental organizations in the name of fighting "terrorism."
- Turkish president announces measures to curb pandemic during New Year celebrations People's Daily 26 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey has been taking all the necessary measures for the New Year celebrations to prevent large gatherings to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Turkey's Erdogan voices readiness to talk, cooperate with every country Press TV 26 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara is ready to talk and cooperate with every country, a day after he said he "would have liked" better ties with Israel.
- Turkey's Erdogan says Israel's policies toward Palestinians 'unacceptable' Press TV 25 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel's policies toward Palestinians are "unacceptable" and are hindering better ties between Turkey and the Tel Aviv regime.
- Turkey Wants to Improve Ties With Israel But is Against Its Stance on PNA, Erdogan Says Sputnik 25 Dec 2020 -- Turkey is in favor of normalizing relations with Israel, however, its policy on Palestinian National Authiriy is unacceptable for Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.
- Khalifa Haftar threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya Press TV 25 Dec 2020 -- Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar has threatened to target Turkish forces, who have been deployed to Libya to support the UN-recognized government in the face of foreign actors like France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
- UN Publishes Greece-Egypt Maritime Deal Disputed by Turkey, Athens Says Sputnik 24 Dec 2020 -- The Greek Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the United Nations had published the Greek-Egyptian agreement on the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries, a deal that Ankara deems "null and void."
- Turkey sentences exiled journalist to 27 years in jail for espionage, terror charges Press TV 23 Dec 2020 -- A Turkish court has sentenced the former editor-in-chief of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet to more than 27 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism and engaging in military or political espionage.
- Turkey Expects US to Urgently Abandon 'Erroneous' Sanctions Over S-400s, Defence Minister Says Sputnik 22 Dec 2020 -- The US passed a law earlier this month authorising sanctions against Turkey over its acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defence systems which the US has long slammed as incompatible with NATO requirements.
- Ankara to Resume Geological Exploration in Disputed East Med Area Until June 15 Sputnik 22 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's Oruc Reis vessel will continue its seismic exploration mission in the Greek-claimed waters of the Eastern Mediterranean near the Greek island of Kastellorizo until June 15, 2021, the Turkish navy's Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography said on Tuesday.
- Turkey launches naval exercises in eastern Mediterranean amidst tensions Press TV 21 Dec 2020 -- Turkey has staged naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean amidst tensions with the European Union over the announcement of sanctions against Ankara earlier this month.
- Former Kurdish MP Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison VOA 21 Dec 2020 -- A Turkish court in the southeastern Kurdish city of Diyarbakir sentenced a former member of parliament Monday to more than 22 years in prison on terror-related charges.
- Turkey Poised for Reset in Relations With Israel VOA 21 Dec 2020 -- Relations between Israel and Turkey could be on the verge of a breakthrough, with a Turkish presidential adviser confirming bilateral talks and that full diplomatic relations could be restored by March. Relations between the once close allies all but collapsed with Turkey withdrawing its ambassador in 2017, amid escalating tensions.
- 'Insulting' Erdogan puts more than 900 children before court in Turkey: Report Press TV 20 Dec 2020 -- In Turkey, more than 900 minors, including 264 between the ages of 12 and 14, have appeared before the court in a span of six years for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a report says.
- Turkey's daily COVID-19 deaths hit new record as total infections surpass 1.95 mln People's Daily 18 Dec 2020 -- Turkey reported on Thursday a record high of 243 daily deaths from the COVID-19, as its total number of infections exceeded 1.95 million.
- Turkish military forces pull out from seven military posts in northwest Syria: Source Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish military has evacuated from seven military observation posts in the northwestern part of Syria, withdrawing troops from territory liberated by Syrian government forces to areas held by allied Takfiri militants.
- Turkey denounces detention of consular official in Greece Press TV 18 Dec 2020 -- Police in Greece have detained a Turkish consular official on suspicion of spying, with Ankara saying that the individual's rights have been violated.
- Turkey's Erdogan urges Iraq not to let its soil be launchpad for Kurdish militant attacks Press TV 17 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks Iraq to prevent its soil from being used by militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a launchpad for attacks against the Turkish soil.
- Turkey not to turn back on S-400 deal with Russia despite US sanctions Press TV 17 Dec 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country is resolved to buy advanced S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, and Ankara will take reciprocal steps after evaluating the sanctions imposed by the United States over the purchase deal.
- Turkey Cannot be Sanctioned for S-400 Purchase Since Deal Predates CAATSA Law, FM Says Sputnik 17 Dec 2020 -- Earlier this month, the US Senate passed the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), which included economic measures against Ankara for the acquisition of Russian S-400 missile defence systems.
- Secretary Pompeo's Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu US Dept. of State 17 Dec 2020
- U.S. sanctions harm alliance with Turkey: minister People's Daily 16 Dec 2020 -- Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday that the U.S. sanctions against Turkey over its procurement of Russian-made S-400 defense systems undermine the values of the alliance between the two NATO allies.
- Erdogan denounces US sanctions as 'hostile attack' on Turkey's sovereign rights Press TV 16 Dec 2020 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the US sanctions imposed on Ankara over its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems as a "hostile attack" on the sovereign rights his country.
- Top US House Foreign Affairs Lawmakers Accuse Turkey of Undermining NATO Sputnik 16 Dec 2020 -- The chairman and ranking Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee urged other NATO nations to join the US in demanding in a press release that Ankara halt actions that damage the Western alliance.
- Turkey purchases 50m Sinovac doses as more countries show confidence in Chinese vaccines Global Times 15 Dec 2020 -- While Western media have been extensively covering American drug firm Pfizer's vaccine progress in the West, more countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed trust and confidence in Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.
- Syria condemns Turkey's 'systematic policy' of cutting off drinking water in Hasakah Press TV 15 Dec 2020 -- Syria has condemned in the strongest terms the Turkish military forces' "systematic policy" of depriving more than one million people in the country's northeastern province of Hasakah of drinking water by cutting off the supply to the population.
- US Sanctions Have 'Shaken' All Values of Alliance With Washington, Turkish Defence Minister Says Sputnik 15 Dec 2020 -- On Monday, the US Treasury hit four Turkish officials and the Presidency of Defence Industries, a government office responsible for strengthening national security and managing the supply of military technology, with sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system. The US said Turkey remains "a valued Ally" despite the embargoes.
- Turkish Opposition Calls for Activating S-400s Over US Sanctions 'as Soon as Possible' Sputnik 15 Dec 2020 -- The S-400 air defence missile systems acquired by Turkey from Russia must be put on high alert as soon as possible in the wake of Washington's new sanctions against Ankara, Unal Cevikoz, an adviser to the head of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party, said on Tuesday.
- Turkey Slams US Sanctions Over Russian Missile System Purchase VOA 15 Dec 2020 -- The Trump administration's decision to sanction NATO ally Turkey over the purchase of a Russian missile system has drawn swift Turkish condemnation. For now, however, Ankara appears to be holding off on any retaliation, a move analysts suggest is a sign that Turkey is already looking ahead to the new administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.
- US sanctions Turkey over purchase of Russian S-400 systems; Ankara vows retaliation Press TV 15 Dec 2020 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey over its acquisition of advanced Russian S-400 missile defense systems, in a move condemned by Ankara as a "grave mistake" that would "inevitably" harm mutual relations.
- U.S. Sanctions NATO Ally Turkey Over Purchase Of Russian Missile-Defense System RFE/RL 14 Dec 2020 -- The United States has sanctioned NATO ally Turkey for its purchase of a missile defense system from Russia amid already tense relations between Washington and Ankara.
- The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231 US Dept. of State 14 Dec 2020 -- "Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport, Russia's main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air missile system."
- Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher Ford and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Matthew Palmer On the Imposition of Sanctions on Turkey under CAATSA 231 US Dept. of State 14 Dec 2020
- Turkey Vows Response to US Sanctions Over Purchase of Russian Missile System Sputnik 14 Dec 2020 -- Earlier Monday, the US Treasury introduced sanctions on four Turkish officials and the Presidency of Defence Industries, the Turkish government office responsible for strengthening national security and managing the supply of military technology, over Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system.
- Syrian Kurdish Farmers Accuse Turkey-Backed Militias of Seizing, Taxing Olive Crops VOA 14 Dec 2020 -- In late October, Farhan and his two sons finished packing up their olive harvest to transport it to the city center of Afrin in northwestern Syria. But before doing so, they pondered the possibilities waiting for them.
- Turkey Detains 11 Suspected Of Abducting Iranian Dissident RFE/RL 14 Dec 2020 -- Turkish authorities say they have detained 11 people suspected of spying and abducting an exiled Iranian political dissident on behalf of Tehran.
- Turkish top diplomat holds phone talks with FM Zarif ISNA 13 Dec 2020 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Iranian counterpart to give an assurance that Ankara respects the Islamic Republic's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Turkish FM gives Zarif assurance Ankara respects Iran's sovereignty Press TV 12 Dec 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara's definite policy is to maintain close and cordial relations with Tehran based on good neighborliness after Turkish president's recitation of a poem provoked unease in Iran.
- Disrespect: Erdogan Slams Possible US Measures Over S-400s Amid Reports That Sanctions Are Imminent Sputnik 11 Dec 2020 -- The US has long threatened Turkey with economic measures over its purchase of Russian air defence systems, demanding Ankara ditch them. Turkey, however, has vehemently refused to do so, calling the purchase its sovereign right to improve the country's defences. Washington so far has failed to make good on its threats.
- US, EU sanctions on Turkey would damage both sides: Erdogan Press TV 11 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the sanctions by the United States and the European Union (EU) against Turkey, saying they would harm both sides and would be to no one's benefit.
- Turkey slams EU's 'biased and illegal' approach, sanctions threat Press TV 11 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish foreign ministry has slammed the European Union's approach towards Turkey's persisting dispute with Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean as "biased and illegal," calling on the Western bloc to instead act as an honest broker.
- Macron Warns Against Destabilisation as Turkey Rejects New EU Sanctions Over Maritime Dispute Sputnik 11 Dec 2020 -- At a European Council meeting on Thursday EU leaders ruled to impose additional sanctions against Turkey over its drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean.
- With Trade Dipping, Turkey Works to End Isolation VOA 11 Dec 2020 -- Turkish exporters say they have become a casualty of what analysts describe as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's aggressive foreign policy. Turkey's relations with its Saudi partners suffer as a result of Ankara's push to exert its influence in the Mediterranean and in Africa. Exporters say they are being shut out of Middle Eastern markets â€” prompting Turkey to start changing its approach.
- FM spox: Iran advises Turkey not to base foreign policy on illusions IRNA 11 Dec 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a message referred to summoning Turkish ambassador to Iran on Friday, saying he was told that it is not logical to base foreign policy on illusions.
- Iran Foreign Ministry summons Turkish envoy over meddling remarks IRNA 11 Dec 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Turkish envoy to Tehran Derya Ã–rs has been summoned over interventionist and unacceptable remarks made by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan during his trip to Baku.
- Iran summons Turkey's ambassador over Erdogan's 'meddlesome' remarks Press TV 11 Dec 2020 -- Iran has summoned Turkey's Ambassador Derya Ors to formally complain about remarks made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which Tehran views as 'unacceptably meddlesome' with regard to the issue of the separation of Azerbaijan.
- Erdogan not informed he was undermining Azerbaijan's sovereignty: Zarif Press TV 11 Dec 2020 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for reciting a poem about the separation of Azerbaijan, which he says the Turkish leader has misunderstood.
- Iran Protests Turkish President's Reciting Of 'Meddlesome' Verses RFE/RL 11 Dec 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Turkey's ambassador on December 11 to protest remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a visit to Azerbaijan.
- Russia in Talks on Sputnik V Vaccine Deliveries With Turkey, Many Other Nations Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is discussing coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V deliveries and production with many foreign nations, including Turkey, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya research institute that developed the vaccine, said on Thursday.
- Turkey's Erdogan renews call for change of leadership in Armenia Press TV 10 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his call for a change of leadership in Armenia, a month after the ex-soviet country was defeated in a six-week war over disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region with neighboring Azerbaijan, Turkey's close ally.
- US is about to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system Press TV 10 Dec 2020 -- The United States is ready to impose sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems last year, four sources including two US officials told Reuters on Thursday.
- US To Sanction Turkey for Acquiring Russia's S-400 Air Defense System, Report Says Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- The United States is set to sanction Turkey over the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defense system, Reuters reported on Thursday citing four unnamed sources.
- EU Backs Move to Implement Sanctions on Turkey, Sources Say Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- Earlier, Brussels imposed individual sanctions for illegal drilling in the territorial waters of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. In November, the EU extended these sanctions for a year, until 12 November 2021.
- Proposed Boost of EU Sanctions on Turkey 'Disappointing', Turkish Presidential Spokesman Says Sputnik 10 Dec 2020 -- Turkish presidential spokesman Professor Ibrahim Kalin has decried the EU's consideration of toughening the sanctions against Turkey over the Eastern Mediterranean crisis during an online event organized by the US German Marshall Fund (GMF) on Wednesday.
- Turkish forces start withdrawing from 3 bases in N Syria People's Daily 10 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish forces on Wednesday started withdrawing from three military bases in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo provinces in northern Syria, a war monitor reported.
- Peskov After Turkey's Refusal to Buy Sputnik V: Trials Showed Vaccine's Effectiveness Sputnik 09 Dec 2020 -- The results of trials of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V indicate its effectiveness and reliability, it can and will certainly play an important role in the fight against the pandemic, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik amid Turkey's refusal to purchase Sputnik V.
- Erdogan Visit to Azerbaijan Could Stoke Russian Rivalry, Observers Say VOA 09 Dec 2020 -- A two-day visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Azerbaijan marks his latest bid to expand Turkey's influence in the Caucasus, and analysts are warning his ambitions could stoke a rivalry with Russia.
- Turkey's Erdogan Arrives In Baku After Nagorno-Karabakh Truce RFE/RL 09 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, for a two-day visit with officials of Ankara's close ally.
- Turkeyâ€™s president downplays EU sanctions threat Press TV 09 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has downplayed any economic sanctions the European Union might impose on Ankara over the dispute in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Turkey calls on EU to be honest broker in Greece maritime dipsute Press TV 08 Dec 2020 -- Turkey has called on the European Union (EU) to be an honest broker in the country's standoff with Greece over oil and gas exploration rights in the east Mediterranean Sea.
- Shadowy Turkish Ultra-Nationalist Group Under Scrutiny in Europe VOA 08 Dec 2020 -- A shadowy Turkish ultra-nationalist group is under increasing scrutiny in Europe after French officials banned them for violent actions and inciting hate speech in November.
- LNA Naval Forces Detain Turkish Ship Violating Libya's Territorial Waters, Spokesman Says Sputnik 08 Dec 2020 -- The naval forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, have detained a Turkish merchant ship sailing under the flag of Jamaica and violating Libya's territorial waters, LNA spokesman Maj. Gen. Ahmad al-Mismari told Sputnik.
- Turkey will not bow to threats in Eastern Mediterranean, wants negotiation: Erdogan Press TV 07 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will not cave in to threats and blackmail over its energy exploration rights in the contested Eastern Mediterranean waters, stressing that Ankara is willing to resolve the dispute through negotiation.
- Russia waiting for Turkey to work out second S-400 missile system deal: Official Press TV 07 Dec 2020 -- Russia's state-owned hi-tech conglomerate, Rostec Corporation, says the country is waiting for Turkey to negotiate the acquisition of another batch of advanced S-400 missile defense system.
- EU to decide on sanctions as Turkey highlights 'sovereign rights' Press TV 07 Dec 2020 -- The European Union, which has for long been involved in an ongoing maritime row between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, is now assessing ways and means of penalizing Ankara for refusing to stop exploring in the disputed waters.
- Ankara's Military Technology Helped Baku in Karabakh Conflict, Turkish Defence Chief Says Sputnik 05 Dec 2020 -- Turkish military technologies have contributed to Azerbaijan's success in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday.
- Turkey's Erdogan Presents Domestic Engine for Gokbey Helicopter in Import Replacement Push Sputnik 05 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has presented TEI-TS1400 turboshaft engine designed by Tusas Engine Industries (TEI) to decrease the country's dependence on the import of engines for its indigenous Gokbey multipurpose helicopter.
- US Congress Targets Nord Stream 2, Turkey S-400 Purchase in New Defense Bill Sputnik 04 Dec 2020 -- The US Congress is taking aim at Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline and Turkey over its acquisition of the S-400 air defense system in the new National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 that has been finalized and is expected to pass in both houses as early as next week.
- Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of' Macron soon Press TV 04 Dec 2020 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes France will "get rid of" President Emmanuel Macron in the shortest possible time, in his harshest remark against the French leader yet.
- Turkey's Erdogan Hopes France Will Get Rid of 'Burden' of Macron Soon Sputnik 04 Dec 2020 -- Relations between the two countries have drastically deteriorated in recent months over Macron's comments on Islam and controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. However, the two countries also disagree on a number of issues, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, the war in Syria, and Turkey's oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean.
- Turkey's Space Strategy: Trilateral Cooperation With Russia, Kazakhstan is Logical, Agency Head Says Sputnik 04 Dec 2020 -- Independent access to space has become one of Turkey's national priorities under the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government. Turkey's Space Agency head, Serdar HÃ¼seyin Yildirim, has shed light on the agency's priorities, plans, aspirations, and joint projects underway.
- Will Erdogan Complaint About Anti-Turkish Conspiracy Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? VOA 03 Dec 2020 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has complained about an international conspiracy forming against Turkey, and he says it's attempting to frustrate his projection of Turkish power and influence abroad.
- End of Karabakh War Marks Cessation of Azerbaijani Territories' 'Occupation', Turkish FM Says Sputnik 03 Dec 2020 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu onThursday said that the "occupation of Azerbaijani territory" in Nagorno-Karabakh had proved unsustainable, adding that Turkey had always backed resolving the conflict in compliance with international law.
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