Defense Ministry

Talks in Athens on confidence-building measures conclude

Talks between Greek and Turkish defense officials completed on Thursday a round of talks that begun on Monday on confidence-building measures (CBM), state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported.

According to the Defense Ministry, the heads of the two delegations met briefly with Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

Turkish, Russian delegations discuss Idlib, Syria

Turkish hosted a Russian delegation in the capital Ankara on Feb. 8 to discuss the escalating situation in Idlib, northwestern Syria.

According to diplomatic sources, the Turkish and Russia delegations held a three-hour meeting which stressed the need to ensure peace on the ground and discussed steps to boost political process.

Turkish, Russian teams to continue talks on Idlib

Russian officials had talks with Turkish interlocutors on Feb. 8 aimed at stopping the Syrian government's offensive in Syria's northwestern Idlib region and halting an imminent humanitarian catastrophe there.

In Ankara, officials from Turkey and Russia held three hours of talks, agreeing to meet again next week, the Foreign Ministry said after the initial talks.

Turkey vows to retaliate in strongest manner if attacked in Syria

Turkey will use its right of self-defense in the strongest manner if Turkey faces a new attack in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Feb. 8.

"In the event of a new attack, the proper response will be given in the strongest manner based on the right of self-defense," the ministry said in a statement.

Ankara to respond to any attack on posts in Syria: Defense Ministry

Amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Damascus, Turkey's Defense Ministry has vowed to respond to any attack against Turkish observation posts in Syria's northwestern Idlib region.

During a briefing at the ministry, military sources told state-run Anadolu Agency that Turkey will respond to any attack against its observation posts in the most "intense way as possible."