A U.S. federal court has denied a request made by Turkey to dismiss a civil suit by protesters who were violently beaten while staging a demonstration against Turkish President Erdoğan in Washington D.C. in 2017, The Hills has reported. “Defendant Turkey points to no indication that an attack by the protesters was imminent,” US District Judge Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her judgement.
Turkey lacks sufficient support from its allies, including the United States, Turkey's Presidential Aide İbrahim Kalın said. "Intelligence collaboration is ongoing in Iraq, Syria and other fields but if you ask whether it's enough, I can't say it is. We are not receiving enough support from our allies, primarily the U.S.," Kalın told.
Syrian troops should withdraw from their position in northern Syria, Turkey's Permanent Rep. Feridun Sinirlioğlu said Jan. 6 at the UN Security Council Meeting. "We will never hesitate to use our right to self-defense. I am not drawing a red line here. This is a warning," told Sinirlioğlu. Tensions have been rising between Ankara and Moscow as a result of Russian-ally Assad troops advancing on Turkey's "safe zone," the latest one killing eight military personnel Jan. 3.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has accused Israel and Turkey of working together to target Syria and coordinate their attacks. Syria's statement came following reports that Turkish troops were deployed to Idlib amid airstrikes conducted by Israel on Damascus.
U.S. special envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, has signaled that the U.S. would slap Turkey with sanctions once again if Ankara were to end its "ceasefire" with the YPG. "We removed those sanctions when we got the ceasefire, but that executive order remains in place. It gives us broad authority to go after people who are not supporting the political process and particularly not supporting the ceasefire," Jeffrey said.
Ankara has condemned the European Parliament for hosting an event attended by Kurds sought by Turkey with a red warrant over PKK membership, saying that it "ignores the principle of fighting terrorist organizations without discrimination." "We invite EU institutions and EU member states to stand firm against terrorist organizations and no longer take terrorists under its wing," the Foreign Ministry said.
Attacks on Russian military positions and on Syrian government forces were continuing from a Turkish-controlled zone in the region, the Kremlin said, adding that there were no plans currently for President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to meet to reduce tensions in Idlib but that such a meeting could be quickly organized if needed.
President Erdoğan has urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to pull back Syrian forces in Idlib, saying that two of Turkey's 12 observation posts, set up around a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib as part of a 2017 agreement with Russia and Iran, were now behind Syrian government front lines. "We hope that the process of the regime pulling back behind our observation posts is completed in the month of February," Erdoğan said.
European Union diplomats reportedly agreed to impose travel bans on two Turkish nationals and freeze their assets. The decision to target the two individuals was reached at a meeting of EU diplomats in Brussels on Feb. 4, Bloomberg cited unnamed sources as saying. The move is in retaliation for Ankara’s gas prospecting in disputed waters near Cyprus.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the United States of threatening him and National Intelligence Agency (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan. "Unfortunately, the U.S. threatens me and my intelligence chief, as well as some financial institutions in Turkey," Erdoğan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Feb. 5.
The U.S. has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target the PKK, four U.S. officials told Reuters, adding that the U.S. late last year stopped flying the intelligence collection missions that targeted the PKK, which both the U.S. and Turkey classify as terrorists. "This makes the anti-PKK campaign more difficult and more costly for Turkey," an official said.
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad accused Turkey of thwarting a solution to the conflict in his country, saying that "international law does not allow any country to attack another country, nor occupy it and carry out colonial practices against it, including the transfer of the local people, the raising of the Turkish flag and the opening of Turkish schools." He also said that armed groups in Idlib are in coordination with Turkey.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that Washington stands with Ankara following a Syrian attack that killed five soldiers and three civilian personnel in Idlib. “We stand by our NATO ally Turkey in the aftermath of the attack, which resulted in the death of multiple Turkish personnel serving at an observation post used for coordination and de-escalation,” he said.
A federal appeals court granted a temporary halt in the U.S. prosecution of Turkish lender Halkbank over sanctions violation charges while it weighs other requests by the bank. Prosecutors have deemed the bank a fugitive from justice, asking a judge to hold it in contempt and impose fines until it begins answering the charges. Shares of Halkbank surged 7.27 percent when markets opened on Feb. 4 following the decision.
Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos commented on Oruç Reis' activities, saying that the Turkish research vessel most likely sailed into the area of Greece’s continental shelf in order to avoid bad weather off the coast of Cyprus before sailing off again on Feb. 1, as he also didn't rule out the possibility of a deliberate action to test Athens’ reflexes. "Our response had to be immediate," he said.