Latest News from Turkey

The EU Has Imposed Sanctions on Turkey

The foreign ministers of the countries in the European Union have imposed initial sanctions against Turkey. The reason is gas drilling in the waters of the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus.

Abandoned fishing nets removed in five years

Turkey's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry has carried out ghost net cleanups in seas in the last five years, removing 450,000 square meters of abandoned fishing nets claiming the lives of many marine creatures.

South Korean tourists flocking to visit Turkey

With its rich culture and unique natural landscapes, Turkey is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Asian tourists, and particularly for South Koreans, who have deep-rooted bonds with the Turkish people.

Unemployment rate at 13% in April

Turkey's unemployment rate stood at 13.0% in April this year, the country's statistical authority announced on July 16.

EU with Measures against Turkey's Drilling Actions near Cyprus

The European Union on Monday agreed measures to punish Turkey for pursuing drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings, AFP reports, stated by Focus News Agency.
The EU will halt high-level dialogue with Turkey, suspend talks over an aviation agreement and cut 145.8 million euros ($164 million) in pre-accession financial funds allocated for 2020.

U.S. Joins 11 NATO Allies for Breeze 2019 Maritime Exercise in Bulgaria

The United States and 11 NATO allies began their participation in the nine-day Breeze 19, a maritime exercise hosted by Bulgaria that included three U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft.

The exercise began Friday and is scheduled to conclude on July 21 near Varna in the Black Sea, according to a Naval news release Monday.

Turkey 'among top performers' in eradicating poverty

Turkey has achieved progress in eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, a senior official said on July 15.

Turkey continues to receive Russian S-400 components

Turkey on July 16 has continued to receive Russian S-400 missile defense system, as the 11th plane landed on an airbase in the capital Ankara, Turkey's Defense Ministry said.         

Turkey condemns EU decision to suspend high-level talks

The European Council's decision to suspend high-level talks with Ankara won't affect Turkey's determination to continue hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Foreign Ministry said on July 15.

No network of traitors will disrupt unity in Turkey: Erdoğan

No network of traitors or terrorist organizations can disrupt the unity, solidarity and brotherhood in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said July 15 on the third anniversary of the July 15 failed coup attempt.     

EU comes down hard on Turkey over illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

The European Union's Foreign Affairs Council has approved measures against Turkey in response to its plans for illegal hydrocarbons drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, confirming the 12 July decision of the Council's Permanent Representatives and the conclusions of the 20 June EU summit.

Turkey slapped with EU sanctions over Cyprus

The European Union's foreign ministers decided Monday to impose sanctions on Turkey over its illegal drilling activities within the territorial waters of member state Cyprus.

Erdogan: Turkey hopes to co-produce weaponry systems with Russia

Turkey hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russia in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, further defying its NATO ally the United States, which has warned the country of possible sanctions over its purchase of a Russian-made missile defense system.