High times between Turkey and US: “Turkey excluded from new F-35 deal” and “Joe Biden set to formally recognize Armenian genocide”

And the collapse of Turkey’s economy accelerates…

Anadolu Agency: Turkey excluded from new F-35 deal

Removed from the F-35 program in July 2019, Turkey wasn’t included in the new agreement, according to a Pentagon official quoted by AA.

Joe Biden set to formally recognize Armenian genocide, officials say

The anticipated move could further complicate an already tense relation ship with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish leader

The designation for the World War I-era killings would further fray U.S. relations with Turkey, but it is a risk the president appears willing to take to further human rights, officials said.


Foreign ministers of Turkey, Greece quarrel at press conference

The first meeting between the ministers in over a year turned tense as they exchanged accusations over a number of issues.
When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left standing because of a lack of chairs in Turkey this week, she reacted with an audible “erm”.

Italy’s PM calls Erdoğan a ‘Dictator’, Turkey summons ambassador

After Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi called President Erdoğan a “dictator”, the country’s ambassador has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu has called Draghi “the appointed prime minister.”

Diplomatic spat erupts as Mario Draghi accuses Turkish president of humiliating European commission president

A diplomatic spat has erupted between Turkey and Italy, after prime minister Mario Draghi accused president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of humiliating European commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and described him as a “dictator”.

Iranian activists at increasing risk in former haven Turkey

Five Iranians are in Turkish detention, the latest in an apparent wave of arrests and deportation orders

Iranian dissidents in Turkey are unsure whether the country is still a refuge after what appears to be a new wave of arrests and deportation orders targeting asylum seekers from the Islamic Republic.

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