The United States on Sept. 2 announced that it would lift for one year its three-decade-old arms embargo on Cyprus to allow the sale of "non-lethal" military goods to the island. Turkey's foreign ministry said the decision "disregards the equality and balance" on the island and that Ankara expects its NATO ally to "review" it.
During a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the White House, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has condemned Turkish intervention in the north of his nation and said he hoped the issue could be resolved. “The Turkish attacks are not accepted. On the other hand, the Iraqi constitution also does not allow Iraq to be — to become used to attack any neighboring country," Al-Kadhimi said on Aug. 20.
Turkey is considering closing its embassy in Abu Dhabi and suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates over its accord to normalize ties with Israel, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Aug. 14. The deal makes UAE the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
An American oil company has signed a deal with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to develop and modernize existing oil fields in northeastern Syria, Al-Monitor reported on July 30. The deal was made “with the acknowledgement and encouragement of the White House," sources told Al-Monitor.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 15 that companies involved in construction of the TurkStream pipeline will be subject to the U.S. penalties unless they stop their works. “It’s a clear warning to companies. Aiding and abetting Russia’s malign influence projects will not be tolerated. Get out now or risk the consequences,” he said.
Four U.S. senators have penned a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper saying that Turkey's expulsion from the F-35 supply chain needs to be expedited, regardless of what the cost is. They said that the Defense Department's delay regarding the matter “has undermined the effectiveness of our clear message to the Turks.”
Turkey and Russia are still negotiating the terms for delivery of a second consignment of S-400 advanced missile defenses, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said. “The sale of a new batch of S-400s to Turkey is still on our agenda; it did not fall of our agenda. We are trying to agree on the system's scope, the delivery date and other conditions,” Dmitry Shugaev was quoted as saying by Sputnik on May 7.
The U.S. has thanked Turkey for donating a planeload of personal protective equipment in fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak. "As this delivery indicates, the U.S.-Turkey relationship is strong and one of our most important alliances," U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield said.
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a statement on the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire a century ago. “Today, we join the global community in memorializing the lives lost during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century," Trump said in a statement on April 24, refraining from using the word "genocide."
Turkey’s plans to switch on its new Russian S-400 air defense systems have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak but it does not intend to reverse the decision, a senior Turkish official told Reuters. “There is no going back on the decision to activate the S-400s (but) due to COVID-19 … the plan for them to be ready in April will be delayed,” the official reportedly said.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has filed a parliamentary motion requesting an investigation into the sources of money transfers made to the U.S.-based Türken Foundation, known to have close ties to the ruling AKP.
Today, while all the decision-makers are already in coronavirus quarantine, working through the videoconferencing system, the workload of intelligence services must have multiplied! Now, which intelligence officer is covering which leader’s screen, who knows!
World-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Öz explained handwashing tips to slow down coronavirus transmission on an American late-night talk show. Dr. Öz said that most people do not know how to wash their hands "right" and showed a handwashing method which he named as “Turkish Twist.”
U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey did not rule out supplying Turkey with Patriot missile systems for the conflict in Syria's Idlib, but said that Ankara had to "clarify" its position on the rival Russian S-400s.
Murat Yetkin writes: It is a cliché to say “a photo tells a thousand words” but it is true most of the time. Does this photo taken when the doors opened after talks between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian host Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin tell anything positive and promising to you? Erdoğan will have to find a way to normalize relations with his European and American allies, considering that it can no longer rely on a permanent relationship with Russia.