After years of personal show off, Turkey under strain moves to relax relations with Israel and Russia…

Turkey ‘sorry for downing Russian jet’

Turkish President Erdogan apologises for downing of Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border in November, Moscow says
Erdoğan has apologised for downing of Russian jet, Kremlin says

Statement cites Turkish president as saying Ankara ‘never had the desire and the intention’ to down warplane

The same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the downing of a Russian warplane last year.
According to the statement issued by Kremlin, President Erdoğan wrote to Russian Leader Putin and apologized for shooting down Russian warplane.
It was almost clear last week that Turkey and Israel were likely to reach a deal to normalize their relations on June 26
Erdoğan: Turkish ties with Russia to normalise ‘rapidly’ – video

Ankara will normalise relations with Moscow “rapidly”, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says on Monday after expressing regret over the downing of a Russian warplane last year. A spokesman for the Kremlin says the Turkish premier had apologised for the shooting down of a Russian jet over Turkish airspace, however, Edogan made no reference to an apology in his speech in Ankara on Monday night


Israel will pay $20 million to families of activists killed during an Israeli raid and will allow aid to enter Gaza, but the bodies of two Israeli soldiers will not be returned.
Israel and Turkey end rift over Gaza flotilla killings

Israel and Turkey normalise relations, ending a six-year rift over the killing by Israeli troops of 10 Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound ship.
Israel and Turkey Agree to Resume Full Diplomatic Ties

The two countries, once close regional allies, fell out after a deadly confrontation in 2010. They are scheduled to announce a deal to resume relations in Rome on Monday.
Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize relations after six years of strained ties a senior Israeli official told reporters, according to Reuters
In yet another show of improving diplomatic relations, Turkey’s ruling party has invited Israel’s top diplomat based in Ankara to a traditional iftar (fast-breaking) dinner to be hosted for the diplomatic community in the capital city
The top spies of Israel and Turkey met some 10 days before a possible announcement of a settlement on June 26 to discuss the details of the deal, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on June 26
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), which organized the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has declared its clear objection to on imminent agreement between Turkey and Israel expected to be announced on June 26

How Erdogan’s personal ambitions impact war in Turkey’s southeast
“Erdogan has chosen a strategy of polarization and conflict promotion as a way of consolidating his position,” Ilter Turan, a retired professor of politics at Istanbul Bilgi University, told Al-Monitor. For the past 18 months, Erdogan has increasingly .


The Turks are enjoying Brexit a lot. To tell the truth, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is right to point out that British Prime Minister Cameron lost his EU bid and lost his country’s EU membership after claiming that Turkey was so far from EU membership that it wouldn’t join until the year 3000
The Turkish government has called on the European Union to be “more sensible” in ongoing negotiations over granting visa liberalization to its citizens following Brexit, repeating that it was committed to fulfilling all required criteria
Ankara has criticized Pope Francis’ description of the mass killing of Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as genocide, saying it shows his “unconditional commitment to the Armenian narrative”

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