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Extensive Turkish exercise viewed as show of force

In what has been described as a show of force to Greece and Cyprus, Turkey's navy is preparing to hold its biggest ever exercises according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. 

The "Blue Homeland" exercise, with the participation of frigates, destroyers and fighter jets, will take place in the Black Sea, the Aegean and the Mediterranean between February 27 and March 8. 

Greece working to strengthen regional security, Apostolakis says

Regional peace and security are among Greece's key foreign policy objectives, the country's newly-installed Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis has said.

Apostolakis was speaking in the wake of a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels during which he held talks with his counterparts from Turkey and North Macedonia, as well as the chief of the transatlantic alliance Jens Stoltenberg.

No Syria territorial integrity if YPG stays: Erdoğan

Syria's territorial integrity will not be preserved if the country's east and Manbij city are not cleared of the YPG, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said at a three-way summit with the Russian and Iranian presidents in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, expressing high hopes for a resolution to the eight-year-long war.

Greece, Turkey to draft framework to reduce tension

The defense ministers of Greece and Turkey, Evangelos Apostolakis and Hulusi Akar, said on Wednesday after talks in Brussels that technical teams from both countries will be tasked with drafting a framework of confidence-building measures in a bid to reduce tensions in the Aegean.

Ankara sticking to Russian missile purchase, says Turkish MP

Turkey is going ahead with a purchase of Russia's S-400 missile system, a Turkish parliamentarian said ahead of an informal Friday deadline which a US official said Washington has set for Ankara to respond to a rival US offer.

Scholarships making Turkey hub for education: Official

The scholarship program offered by Turkey's Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) is making the country a global hub for higher education, the head of the presidency said on Feb. 13.

Tourist Exhibition "Vacation and SPA Expo" in Bulgaria Begins

Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova will open the biggest tourist event in Bulgaria - the international exhibition "Vacation and SPA Expo", Econ.bg writes. 

During the three days of the exhibition 380 companies from 25 countries participated with representative stands.

Turkey condemns 'heinous' terror attack in Iran

Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Feb. 14 condemned a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran and offered condolences to Iran's people and government.

Turkish gov't to sell cheaper products online

Turkey's government will sell cheaper vegetables and fruits online besides their sales at physical points-of-sale set up in a number of districts by municipalities in the capital Ankara and Istanbul as part of efforts to fight against excessive price hikes which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently described as "food terrorism."

Greek, Turkish defense ministers meet in Brussels

The defense ministers of Greece and Turkey met Wednesday on the sidelines of NATO's ministerial summit in Brussels.

The meeting between Evangelos Apostolakis and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar - both former chiefs of their countries' respective armed forces - lasted about 30 minutes.

There was no immediate comment on the meeting.

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