For the time being, Cyprus is silently removed to be an obstacle to common EU policymaking; in return for being turned into the kingmaker in the EU-Turkey relations.
Ankara remains unaffected by the European Union's talks of sanctions over Turkey's activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, an anonymous official told Reuters. EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock early on Oct. 2 and assured bloc member Cyprus it would punish Turkey if it continued operations in disputed waters.
When you look at the history of Greece and Turkey in the 20th century, what you find is this shared history of war, dictatorship, and repression. While politicians and civil society leaders focus on friendship or diplomacy, it is the artists who have most successfully given us a vision of what something more like solidarity would look like.
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."
So far, the mutual “controlled crisis escalation” policy of Athens and Ankara has somehow worked. It has “worked” in the sense that there has been no war, but tensions have risen higher and higher. But what if things get out of control within this “controlled crisis escalation” policy?
The recent introduction of the Turkish Lira in towns of northern Syrian constitutes the final step in an assimilation policy enforced by Ankara in the region, journalist and Middle East expert Bereket Kar said. Reports have shown that cash and coins were brought in through the Turkish postal service (PTT).
Sanctions imposed against China by the U.S. over Beijing's suppression of its Uyghur minority in the autonomous Xinjiang region should have come from Turkey, said World Uyghur Congress inspector general Abdülhakim İdris. “There are those who have been sent to the interment camps in Xinjiang just because they studied in Turkey," he claimed.
A U.S. congressional watchdog group has warned that Turkey’s suspension from the F-35 program "will likely further complicate existing supply chain challenges." "The program has identified new sources for 1,005 parts produced by Turkish suppliers, but the program is assessing the effect of 15 key parts not currently being produced at the needed production rate," the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report on May 12.
The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on Turkish company Eren Carbon Graphite Industrial Trading Co Ltd. because of its support for Iran's missile program. "These measures underscore that Iran’s missile program remains a significant proliferation concern," the State Department said Feb. 25, adding that it is "consistent with our efforts to use all available measures to prevent Iran from advancing its missile capabilities."