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June 2021 - Turkey Special Weapons News
- Lavrov: Russia Praises Turkey's Stance on S-400 Sputnik 30 Jun 2021 -- Russia values Turkey's position on the development of military cooperation and Ankara's stance to use the first regiment of the S-400 air defence system to ensure its security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- Rights Groups Slam Turkey's Increasing Use of Renditions VOA 29 Jun 2021 -- International human rights groups are voicing growing concern over Turkey's increasing practice of abducting people from abroad who are accused of terrorism offenses.
- Pandemic Plunges Turkey Refugees into Debt Crisis VOA 29 Jun 2021 -- The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of Syrian refugees living in Turkey deeper into poverty, with many having to take on large debts to survive, according to research by the Turkish Red Crescent and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
- Joint Azeri-Turkish Military Drills Start in Baku Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- Joint Azerbaijani-Turkish military drills, involving tanks, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) started in Baku, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry announced on Monday.
- Turkey and France Ease Tensions, but Africa Rivalries Remain VOA 28 Jun 2021 -- Leaders of Turkey and France are pledging to ease tensions after months of trading insults, but tensions between them remain over their competing interests in Africa.
- Joint Statement on the Ministerial Meeting on Syria US Dept. of State 28 Jun 2021 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States, Italy, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and representatives of the League of Arab States and European Union, which met today to discuss the crisis in Syria.
- Turkey Starts Canal Project Amid Environmental, Regional Concerns VOA 26 Jun 2021 -- In a blaze of publicity, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid a foundation stone close to Istanbul, starting the construction of a 45-kilometer canal linking the Black and Marmara seas. Erdogan declared the project would usher in a new era for Istanbul and for Turkey.
- Syria's last cross-border aid lifeline must stay open, insist UN humanitarians UN News 25 Jun 2021 -- The imminent closure of the last cross-border aid lifeline to northwest Syria must be postponed beyond the 10 July deadline, UN humanitarians said on Friday, noting that no cross-line supplies had reached Idlib from Damascus, in 11 months.
- Syria Faces Humanitarian Catastrophe if Turkish Border Closes VOA 25 Jun 2021 -- U.N. agencies warn of a humanitarian catastrophe if the Turkish border crossing into northwest Syria is closed, preventing aid agencies from delivering life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians displaced by war.
- U.S. Officials To Visit Ankara To Discuss Turkish Plan To Secure Kabul Airport RFE/RL Gandhara 24 Jun 2021 -- U.S. government officials are set to discuss the future of Kabul's international airport in Ankara this week after Turkey committed to providing security for the strategic site following the planned pullout of international forces from Afghanistan later this year.
- Turkey Not Planning to Send Additional Troops to Afghanistan Sputnik 23 Jun 2021 -- Turkey is not planning to send additional troops to Afghanistan to guard the Kabul airport, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday.
- Turkey Announces Navy Drills in Aegean Sea in Tit-for-Tat Response to Greece Sputnik 23 Jun 2021 -- Turkey has issued a notification via the international automated system Navtex to declare drills in the Aegean Sea in response to a similar move by Greece, a Turkish military source told Sputnik.
- Turkey's Kurds Say Killing of Party Member Part of Government Crackdown VOA 23 Jun 2021 -- Last week, a radical Turkish nationalist entered an office for Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) and fatally shot a woman inside.
- Russia, China Question Need for Aid Operations from Turkey to Northwest Syria VOA 23 Jun 2021 -- The U.N. secretary-general personally appealed to the Security Council on Wednesday to extend vital cross-border aid from Turkey into northwest Syria for another year, saying not to do so "would have devastating consequences."
- Turkey Under Pressure Over Military Presence in Libya VOA 22 Jun 2021 -- Analysts say Turkey is expected to come under pressure to remove its military from Libya when world leaders gather Wednesday at a conference in Berlin. The meeting will include discussions on elections and the withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn north African country.
- Turkey Pushes for Role in Afghanistan After US Pullout VOA 21 Jun 2021 -- Turkey is seeking to play a vital role in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces by offering to provide security to Kabul's international airport. But Ankara faces formidable obstacles.
- Turkish Operation Increases Conflict Among Kurds in Iraq VOA 21 Jun 2021 -- In recent weeks, Turkey has intensified its military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, leading to skirmishes and increased tensions between two significant armed Kurdish groups in the mountainous enclave.
- Uzbek Religious Students Recalled From Egypt, Turkey In New Crackdown RFE/RL 20 Jun 2021 -- Uzbekistan is once again worrying about where some of its citizens are studying Islam and officials in the country and its embassies in Egypt and Turkey are taking measures to ease these concerns.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar DoD 19 Jun 2021
- Scoop: Turkey Invites Russia to Take Part in Construction of Country's Spaceport Sputnik 18 Jun 2021 -- Earlier this year, media reported that Ankara was planning to build a spaceport in Somalia as part of a $1 billion investment in the nation's nascent space programme. Turkish authorities did not confirm this information, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did announce in February that Turkey would make a hard landing on the Moon by the year 2023.
- Lavrov Dismisses Talk Of Possible Turkish Military Base In Azerbaijan As 'Rumors' RFE/RL 18 Jun 2021 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed speculation that Turkey could build a military base in Azerbaijan as "rumors."
- Taliban Tells Turkey Continued Troop Presence in Afghanistan Is 'Unacceptable' VOA 18 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban said Friday its leaders already had conveyed to Turkey their opposition to any foreign troops remaining in Afghanistan after the U.S. and NATO forces leave the war-torn country by a September 11 deadline.
- Russia monitors talk of Turkish military base in Azerbaijan Press TV 18 Jun 2021 -- Russia says it was closely monitoring talks around a potential Turkish military base in Azerbaijan as the NATO member agreed to increase military cooperation with Azerbaijan.
- U.S. Hails 'Clear Commitment' From Turkey To Secure Kabul Airport RFE/RL Gandhara 17 Jun 2021 -- U.S. national-security adviser Jake Sullivan has welcomed Turkey's "clear commitment" to take a lead role in securing Kabul's international airport after the planned U.S.-led withdrawal of allied troops from Afghanistan later this year.
- White House: Biden, Erdogan Fail to Find Solution on S-400s, Agree to Jointly Secure Kabul Airport Sputnik 17 Jun 2021 -- Earlier in the day, Erdogan said he made it clear to Biden that Ankara's position on its S-400 missile systems remains unchanged.
- Erdogan Says He's Made Biden Aware That Turkey's Position on S-400 Missile Systems Remains Unchanged Sputnik 17 Jun 2021 -- The United States has spent years pressuring its NATO ally not to buy the Russian-made missile system, claiming that it poses a threat to the alliance and is incompatible with NATO equipment. Ankara's intransigence prompted Washington to kick Turkey out of the F-35 fighter programme and to sanction an entity coordinating Turkey's defence sector.
- Erdogan says Turkey will not change position on acquiring Russian S-400 defense missiles Press TV 17 Jun 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will not change its position on acquiring Russian S-400 missile defense systems, over which the United States imposed sanctions on Ankara.
- 'You're Making A Big Mistake': Taliban Warns Turkey as Ankara Offers Troops to Guard Kabul Airport Sputnik 16 Jun 2021 -- Taliban fighters are presently involved in offensives against the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) across the country, and already have a dominating presence in 24 of the 34 provinces. The escalating violence by the Taliban comes as the US-led foreign troops accelerate their withdrawal from the insurgency-ravaged country.
- Turkish President Visits Azerbaijani-Controlled City In Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 15 Jun 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has visited a part of Nagorno-Karabakh that is under Azerbaijan's control along with one of the seven districts adjacent to the breakaway region that Baku regained control over last autumn as a result of a six-week war against Armenian forces.
- Erdogan Says Turkey Would Require U.S. Support To Protect Kabul's Civilian Airport RFE/RL Gandhara 15 Jun 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would need support from the United States to protect Kabul's international airport if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.
- Biden, Erdogan hold first bilateral meeting amid unresolved rifts Press TV 15 Jun 2021 -- US President Joe Biden and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have held their first face-to-face meeting amid a history of soured ties over a host of controversial issues that have remained unresolved.
- Biden, Erdogan Hold 'Productive' Talks But Announce No Breakthroughs VOA 14 Jun 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described their first face-to-face talks as heads of state as "productive" but did not announce any major breakthroughs in the relationship between the two countries.
- 4 killed as Turkey intensifies attacks on 'PKK targets' in Iraqi Kurdistan Press TV 14 Jun 2021 -- Various areas across the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region have witnessed an escalation in Turkey's ongoing strikes against alleged targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group.
- S-400s, F-35s & Armenian Genocide: Erdogan Urges Biden to Use Upcoming Meeting to Resolve Disputes Sputnik 13 Jun 2021 -- Relations between Turkey and the US have soured ever since Ankara decided to buy S-400s from Russia, disregarding Washington's objections. Subsequently, however, other issues have emerged as obstacles to improving bilateral ties, such as Turkey's expulsion from the F-35 programme and the US recognition of the Armenian genocide.
- Turkish troops should leave Afghanistan along with others: Taliban Press TV 11 Jun 2021 -- The Taliban have called for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Afghanistan, effectively rejecting Ankara's proposal to keep forces in Kabul to guard and run the international airport after all foreign forces leave the war-torn county.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar DoD 10 Jun 2021
- Kyrgyz President Says Important to Expand Military Cooperation With Turkey Sputnik 09 Jun 2021 -- Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov believes it is important to build up cooperation with Turkey in the military sphere, his press service told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- Erdogan: Turkey 'Neutralizes' High-Ranking PKK Member in Iraq Sputnik 06 Jun 2021 -- Turkish intelligence announced on Sunday that it had "neutralized" Selman Bozkir, a high-ranking member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated a terrorist group by Ankara, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Greece Warns Turkey it Will Push for Sanctions if Tensions Persist VOA 05 Jun 2021 -- Greece has lashed out at Turkey, warning it will push for sanctions against its neighbor if it continues with what it calls "hostile" and "provocative threats." The warning from Athens comes as the leaders of the two NATO allies, age-old foes, prepare to meet in an effort to accelerate talks aimed at easing growing tension in the past year over energy rights in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean Seas. Chances of a breakthrough look bleak.
- Ahead of Biden meeting, Erdogan warns US could lose 'reliable partner by cornering Turkey' Press TV 02 Jun 2021 -- Almost a fortnight prior to his meeting with US President Joe Biden, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recounted some of the tensions in relations with the US administration and warned Washington that it could "lose a precious friend" by seeking to corner Ankara.
- Erdogan Plans to Discuss With Biden Reasons for Tension in Turkey-US Relations Sputnik 02 Jun 2021 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to discuss at a meeting with US President Joe Biden the reasons for the tension in relations between Ankara and Washington.
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