Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey, Italy conduct joint drill in Mediterranean

Italian and Turkish submarines conducted a joint maritime drill in the Mediterranean, said Turkey's Defense Ministry on June 15. 

In a tweet, the ministry said the two navies have the most effective submarine force in the Mediterranean Sea and will continue to improve the interoperability with maritime training.

Gov't budget balance posts $14 bln gap in Jan-May

The Turkish central government registered a budget deficit of 90.1 billion Turkish liras (some $14 billion) in January-May, the country's Treasury and Finance Ministry reported on June 15.

Turkey's budget revenue reached 389.1 billion Turkish liras ($60.8 billion) in the first five months of the year, up 12 percent year-on-year.

Court arrests journalist Müyesser Yıldız

An Ankara court has ruled for the arrest of Müyesser Yıldız, a news editor of  Oda TV, an online news portal on accusations that she revealed state secrets in her two articles.
She was detained on June 8 in over "political and military espionage" as part of a probe launched by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and was arrested early on June 12.

Turkish ship suspected of carrying arms to Libya spotted in central Med

A Turkish ship suspected of carrying arms to Libya, violating a UN-imposed arms embargo, has been spotted in the central Mediterranean Sea in an area monitored by European Union vessels participating in Operation Irini, Kathimerini understands.
The cargo vessel is accompanied by two Turkish frigates.