Latest News from Turkey

Central government gross debt stock hits $218 bln

The gross debt stock of Turkey's central government stood at 1.33 trillion Turkish liras (around $218 billion) at the end of January, according to official figures released on Feb. 20. 

The figure was 21.7 percent higher than the corresponding month last year, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced.

Turkish, Greek defense ministries' talks end

Turkish and Greek delegations from defense ministries concluded negotiations to improve bilateral cooperation, the Turkish National Defense Ministry announced on Feb. 20.

The meetings, which began on Feb. 17 in Athens, primarily focused on confidence and security-building precautions, as well as developing mutual cooperation, the ministry said on Twitter.

Erdoğan meets with Sarraj in Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 20 met with Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Erdoğan received Sarraj in the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. The leaders held a closed-door meeting.

Ankara asks for Patriot missiles amid Idlib tensions

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and five were wounded on Feb. 20 in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian regime troops. 

Lakkotrypis: Ankara wants to turn Mediterranean into Turkish lake

Αs Turkish President Recep Tayyip was declaring to  members of his AK Party that Greece has resigned itself to Ankara's geopolitical designs in the Mediterranean, Cyprus' Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis told an audience at the Greek foreign ministry that his country will move forward with its hydrocarbons drilling plans in its exclusive economic zone.

Russian Air Force launched an air strike, Moscow immediately called Ankara

According to "Russia Today", the Turkish-funded militants have been targeting Syrian army positions.
The Russian ministry adds that Turkish forces ceased the attack after Moscow made contact with Ankara.
Turkey should suspend support for "terrorist groups" in Syria's Idlib province, Russia's Defense Ministry said.

Turkey retaliates after regime attack kills troops

Turkey's Defense Ministry announced on Feb. 20 that two Turkish soldiers were killed and five more were wounded in an air strike in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Kosovo National Football Team Signs First Serb Player

Seventeen-year-old Ilija Ivic, from the mainly Serbian town of Gracanica, near the capital, Pristina, is set to become the first Kosovo Serb footballer on the national team in its under-19 squad, after accepting the invitation.

Istanbul airplane may have crashed ‘due to hydroplaning’

The cause of the plane accident at the runway at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport that killed three and injured 180 people on Feb. 5 may be hydroplaning, according to initial findings.

Water formed due to heavy rainfall on the day of the crash on the runway may have prevented the plane's contact with the runway as the landing gear tires hit the ground.

Dendias responds to comments made by Turkish counterpart

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Thursday responded to provocative comments made by his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu saying that Athens would not make "a dishonorable and abusive compromise" with Ankara.

Hirings on the way at island hospitals, minister says

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias on Thursday announced a legislative initiative to facilitate the immediate hiring of medical staff at the hospitals on the eastern Aegean islands that bear the brunt of migration influx.
Speaking on Alpha TV, Kikilias said that the hospitals needed to be supported because they were originally designed to serve the needs of the local population.

Turkey exempts visa requirements for some EU states, Britain

Turkey has decided to exempt visa requirements for citizens from European Union countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland, as well Britain, for tourism up to 90 days as of March 2, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

The Pentagon: Russia and Turkey are on the Verge of an Armed Conflict in Idlib

Russia and Turkey are on the verge of an armed conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to US Department of Defense official Jonathan Hoffman. At the same time, the Pentagon hopes that direct confrontation and hostilities between the two countries in Syria will be avoided, EA Daily reports.