Syrian rebel militants have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Idlib told The Guardian. Both the Armenian government and Russian media have alleged that up to 4,000 Syrian men are already present in Nagorno-Karabakh, claims which have been denied by Baku as “nonsense."
Turkey and Greece have agreed to resume talks over their contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean after a four year hiatus. Ömer Çelik, spokesman for Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), said preparations for the resumption of talks were under way and that the two sides were working on the parameters.
The European Union imposed sanctions on Sept. 21 on the Samsun-based Avrasya Shipping company that operates a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. The EU has said that the company operates a cargo ship called Çirkin, which “has been linked to transports of military material to Libya."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 18 Turkey was saddened by news that Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj wants to quit next month. "A development like this, hearing such news, has been upsetting for us," Erdoğan told reporters in Istanbul, adding that Turkish delegations may hold talks with Sarraj's government in the coming week.
President Erdoğan has said that a system which he defined as the "Turkey model” will lay the foundations of the country’s 2053 vision. "You cannot find anywhere else such a genuine democracy, a fair development objective, a long-established ideal of right and justice which are built on the concept of human values. Hopefully we will build our 2053 vision on such a model," he said.
Prof. Yasin Aktay, a chief advisor to Erdoğan, has said that there is "rapprochement and contact" between Turkey and Egypt. "I don't have exact information, but from what I'm hearing and seeing, there's rapprochement and contact between the sides," Aktay said, adding that actual contact is needed "despite the differences" between Erdoğan and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo has said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have replaced former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi in the war-torn country. Bartolo said that if the ongoing eastern Mediterranean crisis is not solved with “careful moves,” “unforeseen consequences” might arise, just like in Libya.
While displaying empathy with regards to Turkey’s sensitivities, Russia is realizing that it will not be able to find a sustained solution in Syria without winning over the Kurds. This is a point on which Turkey opts to be shortsighted.
Turkey said it will hold a military exercise off northwest Cyprus for the next two weeks, amid growing tension with Greece over disputed claims to exploration rights in the east Mediterranean. The European Union's top diplomat said on Aug. 28 the bloc was preparing sanctions against Turkey that could be discussed at a summit in late September in response to Ankara's standoff with EU member Greece.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Aug. 26 called for dialogue to ease tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. “Turkey and Greece have both been important NATO allies for many years. We need to find a way to resolve the situation in the eastern Mediterranean based on the spirit of allied solidarity,” Stoltenberg said.
France is joining military exercises with Italy, Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean amid a worsening dispute between Turkey and Greece over energy resources in the region, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Aug. 26. Respect for international law must be the rule and not the exception," Parly said on Twitter, adding that it "should not be a playground for the ambitions of some."
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.
Turkish journalist Murat Ağırel has received a high electric bill in a solitary cell in Silivri Prison that he has been kept in for five months. "I received this bill even though I only have a kettle and a TV at a solitary cell," Ağırel said through his lawyers on his Twitter account on Aug. 14.
The United States embassy in Libya has announced U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed in a phone call the steps necessary to achieve a demilitarized zone in central Libya. The phone call was followed by a visit from U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland to senior Turkish officials in Ankara.
Just as “détente” seemed to be in the cards for Turkey and Greece, things soured once more. And they soured big time.