A FP roundup: “Israel, Turkey in first defense deal since ties frozen

Israel, Turkey in first defense deal since ties frozen: sources

from Yahoo news
ANKARA (Reuters) – An Israeli firm has supplied Turkey with military equipment in the first such reported deal since the two nations froze ties over the 2010 killing of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship, Turkish government sources said on Monday. Israeli defense firm Elta delivered to Turkey $100 million of electronic equipment last week for four Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS

EU countries attach importance to ongoing peace process: Turkish EU minister

from Hurriyet Daily News
European Union members are attaching great importance to the peace process currently ongoing.

Turkey sees ‘beginning of change’ in French stance on EU bid

from Yahoo news
(ANKARA ) – Turkey is seeing the “beginning of change” in France’s once hostile attitude towards its decades-long struggle to join the European Union under new President Francois Hollande, the country’s EU affairs minister told AFP.

Turkey, Syria and the dynamics of ?cold war redux?

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Karabekir Akkoyunlu
Syria?s neighbours, including Turkey, have the most to lose from an intensifying Syrian conflict, as they directly bear the brunt of it. Thus it is im

Turkey-Iran gold trade wiped out by new US sanctions

by Acturca
Reuters World General News, Saturday, February 16, 2013 By Asli Kandemir, Istanbul Tighter U.S. sanctions are killing off Turkey?s gold-for-gas trade with Iran and have stopped state-owned lender Halkbank from processing other nations? energy payments to the OPEC oil producer, bankers said on Friday. U.S. officials have sought to prevent Turkish gold exports, which indirectly

Turkey to present action plan to EU for opening of new chapter

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey has fulfilled the benchmarks for the opening of an EU membership negotiation chapter..

Has Turkey reached a dead-end in Syria?

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Firdevs Robinson
A bomb blast in Cilvegozu confirmed that free passage for arms and fighters across the Syrian border is creating complex spillovers in Turkey. The administration’s humanitarian stance has been uncontroversial, but reports that Turkey has encouraged targeted violence in northern Syria illustrates the interests at play.

Kerry to visit nine countries including Turkey: US State Department

from Hurriyet Daily News
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry will visit nine countries in Europe and the Middle East

Suggestion to extend dual citizenship to Turks splits German government

from Hurriyet Daily News
Germany?s government has been left divided by an ongoing discussion over whether to expand the implementation of dual citizenship..

France expects ?gesture? from Ankara

from Hurriyet Daily News
Paris is expecting a gesture from Turkey over the return of the illegal immigrants..

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