Posts tagged as Turkey

Turkey still blocking defence plan for Poland and Baltics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Turkey continues to block a NATO defence plan for Poland and Baltic states despite a deal last year between Turkey’s president and allied leaders, three allied diplomats and a French defence official said on Wednesday. Diplomats said while Ankara has approved the plan, known as Eagle Defender, it has not allowed NATO military chiefs to put it into action. The dispute, first reported by Reuters in November, is a sign…

Twenty lung ventilators flown to Lithuania after Turkey lifts export ban

Friday, May 8, 2020

Twenty lung ventilators were flown from Turkey to Lithuania on Friday after Ankara lifted export restrictions on medical supplies. The shipment for Lithuania was blocked in March, which led to diplomatic efforts by Vilnius officials. The shipment was finally given the go-ahead after Ankara lifted the export restrictions on May 2. “We understand Turkey’s position in the wake of the coronavirus, as many countries in the world, including Lithuania, have…

USA Is Pulling Nukes Out Of Turkey

By Rod Renny on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

As reported earlier, Air Mobility Command’s C-17A Globemaster III arrived at Incerlik AB, Turkey from Sicily, Italy on February, 20 as a part of US-led train Defender Europe 2020, Air Mobility Command officers mentioned. 5 extra C-17A Globemasters III arrived to Incerlik AB from Ramstein Air Base on February, 21. Our sources at Incerlik AB affirm that the presence of 5 further transport plane is a transparent proof of getting…

Estonian PM: Kurdish organizations were not a topic in communication with Turkey

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas has told public broadcaster ERR that representatives of Turkey have never raised the topic of Kurdish people’s protection units in interaction with him. Speaking on the “Stuudios on peaminister” regular program with the prime minister due to be aired on ERR’s Vikerraadio channel on Tuesday, Ratas said that the topic never came up at the NATO summit in London, including during a meeting with Turkey’s President…

Turkey could still block a NATO defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Turkey said it could still block a NATO defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland unless allies develop a security arrangement for the alliance’s southern flank that would brand Kurdish YPG forces who fought alongside Americans as terrorists. Top Turkish diplomatic and defense officials say no compromises have been reached, contradicting an announcement by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg last week during NATO’s leaders meeting in London that plans for…

Turkish veto on Baltic defense plans is bad

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Turkey’s decision to block the updated defense plans for the Baltic states and Poland might make military planning more difficult but it’s not a catastrophe as other planning instruments remain, retired US General Ben Hodges says. The ex-commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) underlined that military officers have to take into account what defense plans are formally endorsed by all NATO members at the North Atlantic Council. “In…

Macron is a sponsor of terrorism, says Turkish foreign minister

Friday, November 29, 2019

Turkey’s foreign minister has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of being a “sponsor of terrorism”, dismissing the French leader’s criticism of Turkey’s Syria offensive. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Mr Macron wanted to be the leader of Europe but was “wobbling”. Last month Mr Macron angered Turkey by hosting an official from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Turkey views a section of the group – the YPG – as…

Turkey holds Baltic NATO plans hostage over Syria – ‘it’s not the first time’

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, November 28, 2019

When the media revealed Turkey’s move to block NATO  defence   plans for the Baltic states and Poland over Syria, online comment sections in Lithuania filled with calls to boycott Turkish goods and holiday destinations. Yet, it wasn’t the first time the Baltics became hostage to Ankara. “Turkey has used this tactic before,” Sven Sakkov, director of Estonia’s International Centre for Defence and Security, told LRT.lt. “I don’t think it’s…

Revealed: how UK technology fuelled Turkey’s rise to global drone power

By Dan Sabbagh and Bethan McKernan on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

UK-based manufacturer supplied crucial missile component to Turkish drone-maker during development stage Turkey was able to circumvent a US export ban on killer drones with the help of a missile component first developed in the UK, allowing Ankara to become an emerging power in the lethal technology, which experts warn is dangerously proliferating. The vital assistance from a factory in Brighton has helped Turkey on its way to become the…

Turkey stalls NATO defence plans for Baltics and Poland over Syria

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey is refusing to back a NATO  defence   plan for the Baltic states and Poland until the alliance supports Turkey against Kurds in northern Syria, Reuters reported on Tuesday. According to four high level sources, Ankara is demanding NATO to designate the Kurdish YPG military force in northern Syria as a terrorist organisation. The People’s Protection Units (YPG) make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces operating in…