Turkey sent arms to Libya to support one of the warring factions, violating a United Nations arms embargo on the war-ravaged country, the BBC claimed, as it cited video footage and images taken inside the Turkish ship called Bana. According to Duvar English contributor Yörük Işık, the embargo is not as strict as the one imposed on North Korea, paving the way for both sides of the conflict to send weapons to the North African country.
Leaders from the Group of 20 major economies convened a video conference on March 26 to discuss the coronavirus epidemic. Erdoğan attended the virtual summit from the Huber Mansion in Istanbul's Tarabya neighborhood.
Istanbul prosecutors have filed an indictment against 20 Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, including the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence and a former royal adviser.
U.S. President Trump has compared his announcement of coronavirus restrictions to that of Turkish President Erdoğan agreeing to a ceasefire with the YPG, as both leaders did "were not happy about it," but felt obligated to do so.
Turkey has vowed to neutralize radical elements that impede the Russian-Turkish joint patrols in Syria's Idlib, the Russian Defense Ministry said on March 23. The ministry added that the latest joint patrol took place earlier in the day on a shortened route due to safety concerns. Their first joint patrol was also cut short earlier this month due to what Moscow called rebel provocations.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in a rocket attack by "some radical groups," the Defense Ministry said late on March 19.
Germany will not accept refugees from any country, including Turkey, amid the coronavirus epidemic, the Interior Ministry announced on March 18. Interior Ministry spokesman Steve Alter said programs on refugee resettlement will resume "when possible."
The United States believes Russia has killed dozens of Turkish military personnel in the course of its military operations in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on March 17. Pompeo did not specify where or during which incident the Turkish soldiers were killed.
Russia and Turkey cut short their first joint patrol in Syria's Idlib on March 15 after rebels and civilians opposed to a ceasefire agreement cut off a main roadway to block its path. Hundreds of civilians and rebels cut off the roadway, rejecting the presence of Russian forces and what they said was an agreement that did not guarantee their re-settlement after being pushed out by violence.
Turkish President Erdoğan on March 17 held a teleconference with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain. The quartet summit discussed the Syria crisis and migrant issue as well as joint action against coronavirus, Turkish presidency said.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region. Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will carry out joint patrols along the M4 highway linking Syria's east and west, and establish a security corridor on either side of it. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara on March 10 to work out details. Akar said there were signs that migration from Idlib towards Turkish borders had stopped after the ceasefire deal.
Turkish and Russian officials have largely reached an agreement on details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region during talks in Ankara, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on March 12. "The Russian military delegation arrived and talks continue. We reached a great deal of agreement," Akar told reporters in the capital Ankara, adding that all Turkish forces in Idlib remained in place.
The Greek Coast Guard said March 11 that one of its patrol boats was rammed by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel close to the island of Kos, amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Athens’ Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador in protest. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also summoned Greek Ambassador to Ankara Michael-Christos Diamessis, calling on Greece "to end violations of the Turkish waters."
Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the Greek ambassador to Ankara, who was told that Greece must stop "violations of Turkish waters and the detention of journalists," state-run Anadolu Agency said. The journalists were reporting on the humanitarian situation of migrants in Lesbos and Rhodes islands, Anadolu Agency said, without elaborating.
Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said on March 10 that Turkey will not receive Patriot air defense systems unless it returns the already purchased S-400 systems back to Russia, contradicting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's earlier remark that the U.S. would reconsider selling the Patriot batteries as long as the S-400s did not become operational.