In a filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Halkbank should be fined an initial $1 million a day for contempt of court and which could double each week to counter the bank's "obstinacy" in refusing to defend itself in court. The proposed fine could total $7 million after the first week of non-compliance and $21 million after two weeks, and nearly $1.8 billion by the end of eight weeks.
The European Union is working on a list of names to enforce sanctions on Turkey for searching and drilling for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, the bloc's foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borrell has said. Borrell noted that Greek Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides gave a briefing on the matter.
The staff of İncirlik military air base in Turkey’s southern Adana province is being reduced by 424 employees. The U.S. company handling maintenance services on the air base cited “the U.S.' reducing its presence in Syria” as the reason of the staff reduction, according to an official of the Turkish Defense Workers' Trade Union.
Currently, 59 German citizens are in Turkish prisons, and another 74 German citizens are barred from leaving Turkey pending investigation, German Foreign Ministry has announced. German Chancellor Merkel is expected to discuss this issue during her meeting with Turkish President Erdoğan in Istanbul on Jan. 24.
A military diplomatic source told TASS that the deal signed between Ankara and Moscow regarding the S-400 missile defense systems doesn't include technology transfers, even if it's partial. The source also said that more than 120 surface-to-air guided missile have been supplied by Russia to Turkey along with a regiment set of S-400 systems.
President Erdoğan has said that Somalia has invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas and Ankara will take steps in line with the Somali invitation, without elaborating further. "There is an offer from Somalia. They are saying: 'There is oil in our seas. You are carrying out these operations with Libya, but you can also do them here.' This is very important for us," Erdoğan said on Jan. 20.
French President Emmanuel Macron slammed foreign troop deployment in Libya on Jan. 19, saying that such intervention "only serves to fuel the conflict and create new risks for everyone." A day later, Turkish President Erdoğan said that Ankara sent a group of trainers to the war-ravaged country. "We are not sending military forces to Libya at the moment," he said.
Foreign powers agreed at a summit in Berlin on Jan. 19 to shore up a shaky truce in Libya. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the Berlin summit, attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, had agreed that a tentative truce in Tripoli over the past week should be turned into a permanent ceasefire to allow a political process to take place.
World leaders gathered in Berlin on Jan. 19 to find a solution to the conflict in Libya. Turkish President Erdoğan held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Putin on the sidelines of the summit, where he urged Khalifa Haftar to end his aggressive stance. Putin, in return, voiced hope that the summit could bring further progress.
Anadolu Agency employees, who were detained by Egyptian police earlier this week in Cairo, were released on Jan. 19, the agency's head said. Anadolu Agency Director General Şenol Kazancı said that three Egyptian citizens of Anadolu Agency staff were released for some $600 bail on each.
Turkish contractors were wounded in a car bomb attack carried out by al-Shabaab in Afgoye, northwest of the capital Mogadishu. "We are behind the martyrdom of the suicide car bomb in Afgoye," Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for al-Shabaab, said. "We targeted the Turkish men and the Somali forces with them. There are casualties of death and injuries."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged European countries to back Ankara's plans in finding a solution to the conflict in Libya. "Europe finds itself at a crossroads. And at this historic junction, those working for peace must be courageous and do everything in their power to end violence. Europe can count on Turkey — an old friend and loyal ally — to achieve that goal," he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that Turkey is starting troop deployment in Libya in support of the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Serraj. "In order for the legitimate government in Libya to remain standing and for stability to be established, we are now sending our soldiers to this country," Erdoğan said.
Some 2,000 Syrian opposition fighters have traveled through Turkey to Libya to fight alongside the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) against the advancing forces of Khalifa Haftar, the Guardian has reported. The GNA will provide each fighter with $2,000 a month, sources from the Syrian National Army told the newspaper.
Saudi Arabia rejects Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, said the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan. Prince Faisal's comments came amid reports that Saudia Arabia has been trying to reconcile the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - which the YPG militia spearheads - with the Syrian opposition in an attempt to move the Syrian opposition away from Turkey.