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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.