Erdoğan’s latest remarks on Turkish military operations in Syria confuses Russians…

President Erdoğan admits that Turkey crossed into Syria to get rid of President Bashar al-Assad having previously highlighted the fight against ISIL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria is aimed at “ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” will be discussed during an upcoming visit by Russian FM Sergei Lavrov to Ankara
The Kremlin said on Nov. 30 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria is aimed at “ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara
ISIS has announced that it kidnapped two soldiers in Syria’s Al-Bab province, and the Turkish Armed Forces said “contact has been lost with two soldiers”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the European Parliament to know its “limits” on Nov. 26, which came after a non-binding motion passed last week in the European Parliament that urged a freeze in the European Union’s accession talks with Turkey.
Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the “most unjust resolution in history” and urged solidarity instead.
The number of foreign arrivals to Turkey dropped by 25.8 percent to 2.45 million in October, compared to the same month in 2015, temporary data from the Tourism Ministry showed on Nov. 29

Torture in Turkey

The BBC uncovers claims of abuse in Turkey’s prisons from those detained after a failed coup.

Turkey and the EU

If MEPs vote to suspend membership talks with Turkey, it could prompt a sea-change in Turkish policy.
Suspending Turkey’s bid for EU membership would only help to erode democratic values further in Europe’s closest Asian neighbour. Laura Batalla Adam urges the EU to continue with the process.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today (23 November) that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have “no value”.

Turkey threatens to end refugee deal in row over EU accession

President Erdoğan issues warning after European parliament vote urging ministers to freeze talks on Turkey joining the EU

Turkey’s president has threatened to tear up a landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees into Europe a day after the European parliament urged governments to freeze EU accession talks with Ankara.

Germany said “threats” were “not helpful” on the EU-Turkey migrant deal after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned he could drop border controls, allowing a flood of migrants into the bloc
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (21 November) urged the European Union and West to step up backing of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish militants, as he addressed a meeting of NATO lawmakers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted saying yesterday (20 November) that Turkey did not need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.
The cancellation of the visit of a European Parliament delegation to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one member “is a temporary thing,” Kati Piri, the European Parliament’s rapporteur who Turkey rejected
Turkey’s top soldier and technology minister got engaged in a row with an Armenian lawmaker on Nov. 20 during the 62nd NATO Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session held in Istanbul
Ankara has paid attention to General Flynn’s full-throated support for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, and its desire to extradite Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan Threatens to Reopen Borders

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused the European Union of dishonesty and betrayal and threatened to remove controls from his borders, allowing the flood of migrants into Europe to resume.

EU in damage control on festering Turkey relations

The EU commission wants to maintain relations with Turkey, despite an EU parliament vote to suspend accession talks amid renewed threats from Ankara to scrap a migrant swap deal.
The European Parliament will this week vote on whether to suspend Turkey’s EU membership bid. Andrew Duff explains how the Turkish military has reacted to Erdoğan’s power grabbing and how NATO fits into the equation.

Erdogan Threatens to Let Migrant Flood Into Europe Resume

Turkey’s president accused the European Union of not keeping its commitments, and he suggested he might allow migrants to cross Turkish borders again.

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