Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Croatia for the first time this week, aiming to firm up Turkey's position in the EU - and raising hopes of trade spin-offs for Turkish exporters.
Erdogan will visit Zagreb on Tuesday and Wednesday, meeting Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic.
Many in Nicosia, Athens, Brussels and Washington are confident - and some concerned - that the Cyprus issue may be resolved by the end of the year. In the US, especially, top officials are eager for this to happen by the end of 2016, as every US government likes to wrap up as many international affairs as possible before their term ends so as to boost its legacy.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that "a Turkish factor" might also be involved in the recent renewal of clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region controlled by ethnic Armenian separatists and surrounded by Azerbaijan.
In an interview with Rossiya 24 TV station on Saturday, quoted by RIA Novosti, Medvedev assumed that violence could possibly be fuelled from "abroad".
The usual line "Turkey is bizarre" is no longer a sufficient term of portrayal. Real news reports have reached a level of amusing absurdity that they may in the future threaten humor readership in the country.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has received Lyutvi Mestan, who was expelled as head of Bulgaria's third-largest DPS party.
At the government residency in the Cankaya district in Ankara, the two have discussed Bulgarian politics, members of Mestan's future party DOST have said in a press statement.
Security staff of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan clashed with protesters in Washington ahead of his speech at a major American think tank.
Erdogan was in Washington on Thursday to attend a major nuclear security summit hosted by President Barack Obama, and was giving a speech at the Brookings Institution, as AFP reports.