Latest News from Turkey

Azerbaijani president receives Turkish defense minister

Turkey will be Azerbaijan's number one partner in military and military-technical cooperation in the near future, President Ilham Aliyev said on Aug. 13 during a meeting with a delegation led by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.  

Turkey sends EU leaders letters on East Mediterranean

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu sent letters on Aug. 13 to European Union foreign ministers and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell about recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey's approach on the issue.  

The letters came ahead of a EU Foreign Relations Council meeting on Aug. 14 at Greece's request.

Standoff peaks with incident in East Med

Concerns that the standoff between Greek and Turkish fleets in the Eastern Mediterranean could lead to an accident were confirmed on Thursday, albeit not in a dramatic way, when two frigates collided.

More specifically, according to reports, there was a collision between the Limnos frigate and the Turkish vessel Kemal Reis, apparently due to a mistake by the latter's skipper. 

Mass bird deaths in Lake Van raises concerns

Flocks of dead seagulls have been found scattered around Lake Van in Turkey's east.
The incident recently came to light after several residents contacted officials about seeing the dead and dying birds around the lake.
Residents in the area have been demanding that authorities look deeper into the collective deaths, which happen on an annual basis.

Meteor shower thrills sky watchers across Anatolia

Stargazers were able to catch a glimpse of one of the biggest and best celestial light shows of the year as the Perseid meteor shower peaked over Turkey on Aug. 12.

Hundreds of shooting stars rained over the sky during one of the brightest astronomical displays.

Remains of Phrygian to be searched in Kütahya Castle

Archaeological excavations that have been initiated in the Kütahya Castle, one of the leading castles in Turkey in the western province of Kütahya, will be searched to find traces of the Phrygians.

First coronavirus infection reported at island camp

The Vial migrant reception center on Chios has been put under full lockdown until August 25 after a 35-year-old man from Yemen and a female employee of the facility tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Erdogan playing with fire

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists on keeping up his well-known nationalist rhetoric to which we have grown accustomed.

Erdogan warns Greece as France vows to increase military presence

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that any attack on a Turkish ship exploring for oil and gas in disputed Mediterranean waters would incur a "high price" and suggested Turkey had already acted on that warning.

Turkey and the West

Turkey belongs to NATO, is a member of the Council of Europe and has been a candidate for accession to the European Union for quite a long time. As a result of these ties, Turkey benefits from significant funding from Europe, enjoys a customs union with the EU and participates in attractive European partnerships in education and research.

Dendias, Menendez discuss Turkey

Turkey's illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the need to safeguard regional stability were at the center of a telephone call Thursday between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and US Senator Robert Menendez, the former said in a tweet.

Dendias to brief EU counterparts on East Med ‘operational incidents,’ ministry says

Hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Greece had attacked the seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis, the Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will inform his European counterparts about "real events" and "operational incidents" of recent days in the Eastern Mediterranean on Friday.

Mitsotakis, Merkel speak ahead of Friday’s EU meeting

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of Friday's emergency meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council, according to reports.

According to the same reports, Mitsotakis briefed Merkel on Turkey's illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.