Turkish defense minister proposes joint exploitation of the Aegean

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar expressed "hope" on Wednesday that "the Greeks will find the right path and come to the right place" during an interview where he proposed the joint exploitation of the natural wealth of the Aegean and the possibility of extending the moratorium between Greece and Turkey.

Syrian regime close for cooperation with Türkiye: Defense Minister

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said there are positive signs that the Syrian regime can cooperate with Türkiye for the return of 3.6 million Syrian refugees to their homeland, as well as on security matters, amid an ongoing normalization process with the mediation of Russia and Iran.

Turkish defense minister says recent talks with Greek counterpart ‘constructive’

Turkey's defense minister has described his recent talks with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, as very constructive and honest and said all issues were discussed in an open manner.

In an interview with the Milliyet daily, Hulusi Akar added that he hoped both sides will take measures to resolve these issues.

Türkiye, Ukraine discuss grain deal amid Russia’s complaints

Türkiye and Ukraine continue talks for the continuation of the grain deal amid heightened Russian complaints and threats that it won't extend the initiative if its own products are not allowed to be exported. The talks paved the way for the resumption of the inspections of the ships that have been stalled for some time.

Akar expects ‘moratorium’ in the Aegean between June 15-September 15

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Friday said he expects a moratorium with Greece in military and airforce exercises in the Aegean Sea between June 15 and September 15, to accommodate tourism, as relations continued to thaw following the deadly earthquakes in Turkey last February.