Russia, Turkey to Develop Military Ties despite US Sanctions
by Naharnet Newsdesk 19 minutes ago 29 Dec 2020
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Moscow and Ankara’s military cooperation would not be deterred by US sanctions on Turkey for acquiring a Russian missile defence system.
Washington earlier this month punished Turkey for buying Russia’s S-400 air defence system, imposing rare sanctions against a NATO ally. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the time assured Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that the American sanctions were intended to prevent Russia from receiving substantial revenues from the sale.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAY : Erdogan begrüßt “neue Phase” in den Beziehungen zwischen der Türkei und Großbritannien mit Handelsabkommen
Die zunehmende Uneinigkeit der Türkei und des Vereinigten Königreichs mit der Europäischen Union macht sie zu natürlichen Partnern.
Amberin Zaman – AL MONITOR – 28. Dez 2020 – Die Türkei und Großbritannien werden am 29. Dezember ein Freihandelsabkommen unterzeichnen, bestätigte der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan am Montag.
In der Türkei werden die Stimmen lauter, die sich fragen, warum diese Systeme jemals gekauft wurden, wenn man bedenkt, welche Kopfschmerzen sie Ankara bereitet haben.
Semih Idiz – AL MONITOR – 28. Dez 2020
Die Türkei hält an ihren Waffen wegen ihres umstrittenen Kaufs von russischen Raketenabwehrsystemen s-400 fest. Die zunehmende innenpolitische Skepsis gegenüber den Gründen für den Kauf hat auch Ankara nicht abgeschreckt, was im Allgemeinen politischen Kompromissen abgeneigt ist.
Voices are growing louder in Turkey questioning why these systems were ever purchased, considering the headaches they have caused for Ankara.
Semih Idiz – Dec 28, 2020 – AL MONITOR – Turkey is sticking to its guns over its controversial purchase of Russian made S-400 missile air defense systems. Increasing domestic skepticism regarding the reasons for the purchase has also not deterred Ankara, which is generally averse to political compromise.
The US sanctions slapped on Turkey Dec. 15 under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CATSAA) have merely hardened Ankara’s line.
Turkey and the United Kingdom’s increasing discord with the EU
Dec 28, 2020 AMBERIN ZAMAN – AL MONITOR – Turkey and the United Kingdom will sign a free trade agreement on Dec. 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Monday.
The Turkish leader said the agreement between the two NATO allies will be the most significant deal since Turkey signed a customs union trade accord with the European Union in 1996. “God willing, we are entering a new phase in which both Turkey and the UK will benefit,” Erdogan said following a cabinet meeting in Ankara.
The United Kingdom is Turkey’s second biggest export market and the top market for Turkish white goods such as refrigerators and washing machines. Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at $16.3 billion last year, and was tipped overwhelmingly in Turkey’s favor. The Turkey-UK Business Council says it hoped to increase the volume of trade to $20 billion by 2023.
Why Turkey’s most important city invites spies, assassins and gangsters
- Nicholas Morgan – AHVAL NEWS – Dec 28 2020 – On October 9, Habib Chaab, an Arab-Iranian dissident living in Sweden, landed in Istanbul with plans to meet a woman for a romantic rendezvous in Turkey’s largest city. Almost immediately upon arriving, Chaab was drugged and smuggled across the border into Iran where he would be trotted out two days later on state television to confess to involvement in terrorism.
TV-Tipp: Jahresrückblick mit Nilüfer Koç bei ÇIRA FOKUS
In der heutigen Ausgabe der deutschsprachigen Sendung ÇIRA FOKUS diskutiert Moderator Yilmaz Pêşkevin Kaba mit der Nahostexpertin Nilüfer Koç über die politischen Entwicklungen in 2020 und die Perspektiven für das kommende Jahr. – ANF REDAKTION – Donnerstag, 24 Dez 2020, 07:38
Detention of Selahattin Demirtaş contrary to ‘very core of the concept of a democratic society’
Bethen McKernan Tue 22 Dec. 2020, The Guardian
The European court of human rights has ordered the immediate release of the prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş from prison in Turkey, finding that his detention goes against “the very core of the concept of a democratic society”.
Former Kurdish MP sentenced to over 22 years in jail in Turkey
Former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Güven reacts following her hunger strike.
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Güven was sentenced to 22 years and three months in jail by a Turkish court in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Monday on alleged “terrorism” charges.
Turkey’s Kurdish party target of tug of war between Islamists, ultra-nationalists
As Turkey’s ruling party and its nationalist ally face a deeper legitimacy crisis, pressure on Kurdish politics is intensifying.
Co-chairpersons of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Pervin Buldan (C-R) and Mithat Sancar (C-L) hold a press conference with their parliament members as they boycott the first session of the Grand National Assembly’s 27th term following the arrest of 82 people, including members of their party, outside the parliament building in Ankara on Oct. 1, 2020.
Pinar TremblayDec 21, 2020 AL MONITOR –