Turkey confirms testing S-400 missile systems, says they won’t be integrated into NATO infrastructure
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has confirmed that Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems were tested last week, as he also dismissed NATO allies' concerns on the issue. Akar also said that the S-400 won’t be integrated into NATO’s command-and-control infrastructure, but rather "used as a standalone system similar to the use of Russian-made S-300 weapons that exist within NATO."
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has told his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar that they are concerned about reports that Syrian rebels are sent to Nagorno-Karabakh to fight. “Reports on militants from terrorist organizations from the Middle East being transferred to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone are especially concerning for the Russian Defense Ministry,” Moscow said, adding that the concern was conveyed to Akar.
Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh war must irk NATO the most among the conflicts in the mix it has to deal with. This is because it has to do with its very original task of dealing with “the Russian threat.”
Armenia accused Turkey on Sept. 28 of providing direct military support for Azerbaijan. According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Turkish military experts "are fighting side by side" with Azerbaijan, which it said was also using Turkish weapons including drones and warplanes.
Turkey has strongly condemned a Greek daily for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın deeming the move "a provocation." Another government official to condemn the headline was Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who said that the headline "will remain as a document of shame" in the history of the Greek press.
Turkish court orders journalist Yıldız to compensate Defense Minister over reporting deemed ‘insulting’
An Ankara court on Sept. 10 ordered OdaTV journalist Müyesser Yıldız to pay 20,000 Turkish Liras in compensation to Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on the grounds of “insulting” him, after she cited a secret witness in a trial related to the coup attempt who said Akar a was a member of the Gülen movement, T24 reported.
Natural gas could’ve been provided to all residences for free with money spent on unused S-400s: HDP deputy
HDP deputy Garo Paylan has said that natural gas could've been provided to all residences free of charge with the money spent on S-400 missile defense systems that are currently "rotting in warehouses." Paylan asked whether an agreement was signed to purchase the second batch of S-400s and whether the installation is not completed over sanctions threats from Washington.
Turkey on Aug. 27 issued a new Navtex to carry out live-fire gunnery exercises in the eastern Mediterranean on Sept. 1 and 2. The Navtex issued at 9.30 a.m. comes as Greece, Cyprus, France and Italy conduct joint military exercises south of Cyprus amid heightened tensions between Turkey and Greece.
Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has announced that it will sign a tripartite deal with Turkey and Qatar for military training and consultancy facilities in the country to be established. The statement came after Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Turkish Chief of Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler on Aug. 17 visited GNA Premier Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli.
Turkey wants to resolve its dispute with Greece over energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean through dialogue, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Aug. 12, while vowing to defend Turkey's coastal interests. "We want to reach political solutions through peaceful means in line with international laws," Akar said.
Four years after the attempted takeover, a number of crucial questions remain unanswered, especially on former army chief Hulusi Akar and MİT chief Hakan Fidan. "Erdoğan protected Akar and Fidan in an incomprehensible manner. The fact that these two officials made an evaluation mistake caused a lot of people to get killed or wounded," journalist Mehmet Yılmaz told Duvar English.
Warplanes struck overnight at an airbase that was recently recaptured by Libya's internationally recognized government from eastern forces with help from Turkey, a military source with the eastern forces and a resident nearby said. A resident at the nearby town of Zintan said explosions were heard from the direction of the base.
Ex-military judge gets 6-month suspended sentence for accusing Hulusi Akar of negligence in coup attempt
Former military judge Ahmet Zeki Üçok has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence on charges of "insulting" Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who was the chief of staff during the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016. Üçok had said that Akar needed to "stand trial" for negligence in the coup attempt.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have carried out airstrikes on Iraq's Sinjar as part of an operation called "Claw-Eagle." Defense Minister Hulusi Akar directed operation from the Air Force Command Control Center alongside Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ümit Dündar, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Küçükakyüz and Naval Forces Commander Adnan Özbal.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and senior military officials inspected the troops in Şanlıurfa on the Syrian border on June 5. Akar held face-to-face and videconference meetings with the commanders on the border. President Erdoğan also attended some of these meetings by phone and praised the military’s cross-border operations.