The Turkish government has called on the international community to "respect" a decision made by the election watchdog to cancel the Istanbul polls lost by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), stressing it will "not accept politically-motivated criticisms," in a statement following a harsh statement by the European Union.
Ankara's heated rhetoric over recent days is reportedly fueling concern again in Athens with regard to the activities that Turkey may pursue in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.
These concerns have been further augmented by the political turmoil that has gripped Turkey after the March 31 local elections and the blow they dealt to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Beyond the antagonistic statements of Turkish government official on issues of sovereignty, former military officers and former officials are now claiming that five Greek islands belong to Turkey.
The claims are directly related to the delineation of the Exclusive Economic Zones of countries in the wider region.
Turks are proud of their history because they have not committed any genocide or partaken in colonialism, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, vowing the Turkish government will not stay silent against "some countries trying to lecture Turkey on history," in reference to France and Italy's recognition of the 1915 killings of Armenians as genocide.
Setbacks that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party suffered in Sunday's local elections will prod him into making the wrong economic policy choices. He is all the more likely now to opt for short-term fixes rather than the more profound changes that investors want but which would take time to combat recession.
Turkey has lashed out at the United States over an annual human rights report which harshly criticized the Turkish government for the deterioration of democratic standards and fundamental freedoms while describing the arrested members of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) as "political prisoners."
The United States intends to end Turkey's preferential trade treatment under a program that allowed some exports to enter the United States duty free, the US Trade Representative's Office said on Monday.
Turkey is no longer eligible to participate in the Generalized System of Preferences program because it "is sufficiently economically developed," USTR said in a news release.
Chinese Embassy to Turkey has announced that the country's general-consulate in Izmir was closed as of Feb. 28 due to general arrangements with regard to consular activities. The move comes amid an ongoing row between Ankara and Beijing over the Uighur problem in which the former has harshly criticized Chinese government of assimilating the Muslim Turkic minority.