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European Union flags. Photo: EPA-EFE

In an exclusive opinion piece for Balkan Insight, the foreign ministers of the EU's 'Trio Presidency' - Germany, Portugal and Slovenia - reaffirm the EU's commitment to enlargement and opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Turkish Aerospace inks deal with Ukrainian firm to buy helicopter engines

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has inked a deal with Ukraine's Motor Sich to purchase 14 heavy class attack helicopter engines.

According to a statement from TAI on June 29, the deliveries will be completed by 2025 with the first two engines to be handed over in September 2022.

Turkey taking measures to fight drought: Agriculture minister

Turkey has taken all necessary measures related to the drought and there will be no problem in the future, the country's agriculture and forestry minister said on June 29. 

Touching on supply problems during the coronavirus pandemic globally, Bekir Pakdemirli said Turkey has never seen this type of problem thanks to its measures.

Turkey has limit to migration burden: AKP spokesperson

Turkey has a limit to the burden it will carry on migration, according to a statement by the spokesman for Turkey's AKP.

Ömer Çelik criticized the European Union at a news conference late on June 29 for "reducing the issue of migration to merely financial aid," which he viewed as "a lack of vision, unsustainable in the long run, a grave mistake."

Turkish, Russian foreign ministers to meet in Turkey

The Turkish and Russian foreign ministers, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Sergey Lavrov, respectively will meet in the Mediterranean province of Antalya on June 30 to discuss a wide range of regional issues including Syria and Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations, the two ministries announced in separate statements.

Istanbul Mayor Vows to Resist Erdogan’s ‘Disastrous’ Canal Project

Ekrem Imamoglu, Mayor of Istanbul criticizes the Canal Istanbul Project in a press conference on June 25. Photo: Istanbul Municipality

Imamoglu, from the main opposition social democrat Republican People's Party, CHP, which won Istanbul from Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP in 2019, said that experts' concerns about the mega-project must be heeded.