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Ankara mistaken in thinking it can reach deal with US, says expert

"The sanctions of Turkey are coming," Teneo Intelligence's director of research, Wolfango Piccoli, told Bloomberg television on Wednesday after the agency reported that Washington is mulling strict measures against the country if it persists with plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system despite American objections.

Washington weighing stricter sanctions against Turkey over Russian S-400, says report

US President Donald Trump is considering stricter sanctions against Turkey if Ankara insists on plans to purchase a Russian missile defense system, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Citing people familiar with the issue, Bloomberg said that Washington is weighing three "sanctions packages," the severest of which "would all but cripple the already troubled Turkish economy."

UN holds briefing in Turkey on fighting desertification

A U.N. official for combatting desertification on June 18 held a briefing for various foreign mission officials in Turkey's capital Ankara ahead of an upcoming climate conference set to be held in India.

Flood kills 6 in Black Sea region

At least six people died after a flash flood swept away Trabzon, a Black Sea province in northern Turkey, a local official said on June 18.

First-ever Ferry Services between Bulgaria and Turkey Launched

The first-ever sea bus transportation between Turkey and Bulgaria was started Tuesday, as a ferry carried passengers from the Bulgarian city of Burgas to the northwestern Turkish province of Kırklareli, reports Daily Sabah. 

Istanbul's Sea Bus Operators (IDO) initiated the services with an aim to boost tourism along Turkey's Black Sea coastline.

Turkey says US tone not befitting partnership spirit

Turkey said on Tuesday a US warning that Ankara would be removed from Washington's F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops a planned purchase of a Russian air defense system was out of keeping with the spirit of NATO partnership.

EU Council tough on Ankara, seeks measures on violations of Cyprus’ EEZ

The EU General Affairs Council (GAC) today decided to call on the Commission to propose appropriate measures against Turkey over its continuing illegal drilling in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told a news conference today.

The GAC reiterated that the EU has «frozen» talks with Turkey on accession and the customs union.

First time EU pushes for measures against Turkey, say sources

A decision by the European Union on Tuesday to consider taking measures against Turkey over its gas drilling activities in Cyprus' offshore maritime zone is the first time action has been decided to deter Ankara, according to diplomatic sources cited by state-run news agency ANA-MPA.

Katrougalos: Dialogue on CBMs with Turkey, no concessions on sovereign rights

"Greece seeks dialogue but it will not cede anything that belongs to her based on international law. With seriousness, lucidity, self-confidence, and national unity we have nothing to fear," writes Foreign Minister Yorgos Katrougalos in an article in the Athens daily Ta Nea.

EU will examine 'appropriate' measures against Turkey over Cyprus

The European Union will consider taking "appropriate" measures against Turkey over its gas drilling activities in Cyprus' offshore maritime zone, according to a press release by the General Affairs Council (GAC) Tuesday.