Latest News from Turkey

US, UN condemn attack on Turkish House in NYC

The United States and the United Nations have condemned the recent attack on the Turkish House (Türkevi) in New York, which hosts the Permanent Mission of Türkiye to the United Nations and the Consulate General.

Turkey carries out second test-fire of ballistic missile

The Turkish military has carried out a second test of the country's home-built Typhoon missile, Greek state broadcaster ERT reported on Tuesday, citing Turkish media.

The medium-range ballistic missile was test fired from a mobile platform near the port city of Rize on the Black Sea.

Turkish Nationalist Presidential Candidate Ogan Backs Erdogan in Run-off

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shaking hands with former presidential candidate of the ATA Alliance, Sinan Ogan (L) in Istanbul. 19 May 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT

"I will support President Erdogan in the second round and I call on our supporters to vote for People's Alliance's candidate Erdogan," Ogan said on Monday.

Menendez: F-35s ‘are coming’

US Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said at the weekend that the approvals for the acquisition of F-35 fighter jets by Greece have been given, "so they are coming." 

Nicosia at odds with Eni boss

The Cypriot government says it does not share views on East Med gas made by Eni boss Claudio Descalzi, who told Italian lawmakers an Eastern Mediterranean gas project cannot go forward without Turkey, with Nicosia begging to differ and pointing to other firms willing to take the risk.

Police detain man on Russian arrest warrant

Police on the border with Turkey have arrested a 42-year-old Turkish national who is being sought in Russia on tax evasion offenses.

The man was arrested at Kipi border crossing in Evros regional unit after crossing from Turkey.

After a passport control by the police, it was established that an international arrest warrant from the Russian authorities was pending against him.

Conspiracy theories

Greece is not Turkey. It is therefore a huge mistake for a party to adopt - even tacitly - outlandish conspiracy theories indicating that Sunday's election may be tampered with. Such issues have been resolved, once and for all, and no one has cast the faintest shadow of a doubt on any electoral contest since 1974.

A bad omen for Turkey, Greece and democracy

The Turkish presidential election result was a blow to Turkey, to Greece, to the broader region and to democracy as a whole. While the rule in democracy is that we respect the will of the people, democracy's enduring weakness is that it contributes to its own undoing.

Turkish Foreign Ministry: Greek claims about Pontic Genocide ‘provocative’

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has accused "certain politicians in Greece" of "distorting historical data" for making references to the Pontian Genocide.

In a statement, it said the claims of a genocide are based on "baseless claims … from some radical groups against Turkish history [that] fuel hostility towards Turkey."

Week in Review: Hopes and Expectations

Waiting for Spring

A couple walks under a poster of the Turkish presidential candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the day after the general election, in Ankara, Turkey, 15 May 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

Dendias urges realism in Greek-Turkish relations

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has expressed his hope that Turkey will relinquish its revisionist aspirations and actively participate in a meaningful dialogue aimed at resolving lingering disputes with Greece. 

The 30-year genocide: When Turkey destroyed its Christians

On May 19 we commemorate the genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, a chapter of a broader genocide perpetrated by the Turkish state in the early 20th century against its Christian inhabitants that resulted in the deaths of more than 2.5 million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians.