Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said that an invitation to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to visit Crimea is in force. "President Erdoğan has a valid invitation from President Putin to visit Crimea and see everything with his own eyes, to have, so to say, first-hand information," Peskov said, adding that Kremlin doesn't share Erdoğan's concerns on the situation of Crimean Tatars.
Murat Büyük, who has been living in France for the past 43 years, was denied citizenship last month after French authorities said that his loyalty to France can't be guaranteed. Shortly after, Büyük's wife Şerife Büyük's application was also denied. "Since you are his wife, you have a common living space, you can't deny his political commitment that you support indirectly," the letter sent to Şerife Büyük read.
Turkey will provide financial aid to the Ukrainian army, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Sibiga, has said, adding that a deal is set to be signed between President Erdoğan and Ukrainian President Zelensky during the former's visit to Kiev. "According to the deal that will be signed during this trip, the Turkish side will provide financial aid worth 200 million liras for the needs of the Ukranian army," Sibiga said.
President Erdoğan has accused Russia of ignoring the Syrian's regime use of barrel bombs against civilians in the war-torn country's northwestern province of Idlib. Speaking in Kiev, Erdoğan also said there were close to 1 million people in Idlib marching towards Turkish borders as a result of a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive.
A large number of vehicles belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) reportedly entered Syria and are heading towards Idlib and Aleppo, amid reports that Ankara will militarize the Aleppo-Latakia road in a sign of rising tensions between the two countries supporting opposing sides of the Syrian conflict. Erdoğan on Jan. 31 said that Turkey may launch a military operation in Idlib unless fighting there is "quickly halted."
President Erdoğan has warned that Turkey will not hesitate to send troops into Syria’s Idlib unless Syrian regime forces halt their attacks in the region. "We will do what is necessary when someone is threatening our soil. We will have no choice but to resort to the same path again if the situation in Idlib is not returned to normal quickly," Erdoğan said.
The Middle East plan presented by US President Trump aims to “legitimize occupation, destruction and oppression of Palestine and Jerusalem,” Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) said in a statement following a meeting on Jan 30. Afterwards, President Erdoğan addressed an event in Ankara, during which he slammed Trump's plan as an “occupation project” and said "Jerusalem is a red line for us."
Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into a Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker for tearing up a paper copy of the Turkish flag during a debate in the European Parliament. Ioannis Logos' action was condemned by both Turkey and Greece, with Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu saying "Nobody should doubt that our flag will continue to wave proudly forever! Expecting European Parliament to take necessary measures against this clown."
James Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, has said that 700,000 displaced people in northwest Syria were on the move towards the Turkish border after an offensive by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held province of Idlib. Regime forces on Jan. 28 recaptured most of Maaret al-Numan, a town of strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion.
Turkey and France have engaged in a war of words over French President Macron's claim that Turkish ships accompanying Syrian mercenaries arrived on Libyan territory in recent days. “This is an explicit and serious infringement of what was agreed in Berlin. It's a broken promise,” said Macron. Turkey's Foreign Ministry dismissed the accusations as "fanciful" and blamed France for Libya's instability.
President Erdoğan has said that the Astana process -- which was launched Turkey, Russia, Iran in January 2017 to ensure a peaceful settlement in Syria -- has collapsed. "There is no such thing as the Astana process anymore. The Astana process has fallen into silence now. We need to look at what Turkey, Russia and Iran can do to revive the Astana process," Erdoğan told reporters on his flight back from Senegal.
Germany's Left Party was refused a response to a parliamentary question about government ties to the Gülen organization, Ankara's primary suspect for the botched 2016 coup, causing alarm among the party's ranks. The German government refused to respond on the grounds that it would affect the operation of intelligence agencies.
The Turkish parliament on Jan. 29 issued a joint declaration condemning the Middle East plan presented by U.S. President Trump a day earlier. The plan "is against U.N. decisions and the perspective of the two-state solution," the declaration read. President Erdoğan also lambasted the plan as “absolutely unacceptable,” saying it is "legitimizing Israel’s occupation."
Belgium's Court of Cassation, the highest appeal level in the country, on Jan. 28 ratified a ruling of a lower court that acquitted 36 individuals and two companies accused of activities involving the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The case concerns a landmark decision of the Court of Appeals in March 2019 which said that the PKK's armed struggle is “Turkey's domestic dispute” and Belgian anti-terror laws cannot be imposed on the suspects.
Turkey's Defense Ministry said Jan. 28 that it would retaliate "in the strongest way, without hesitation" against any attack on its observation posts in Syria's northwestern Idlib province by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. The ministry's comments came as Syrian government forces entered the town of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib.