Contents tagged with turkey

  • Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey: Russia's Gazprom will stop at nothing to go through with Turkish Stream project

    Gazprom is accelerating the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, at a time when the United States’ willingness to use sanctions on the project is in question writes Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Sergey Korsunsky article for the Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper.

    The author notes that at the start of September, Swiss Allseas Group S.A., which was contracted to lay the most complicated sea stretch of the gas pipeline, was joined by the British company Petrofac, which has signed a contract to …

  • Turkey concludes purchase agreement for S-400 missile systems from Russia

    Turkey has signed an agreement with Russia on the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems. According to the Turkish press, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the country has already made an advance payment under the agreement.

    The total amount of the purchase is estimated at $2.5 billion, Radjo Liberty reports. Russia confirmed that the contract was signed and "is getting ready for implementation."

    The NATO alliance, where Turkey is a member, reported that they …

  • Freight ship delivering raw materials to Crimea broke in half in Bosphorus

    On August 27, 2017, at the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait, the Turkish dry cargo ship Leonardo broke in half, reported BSNews. The Leonardo was frequently used to transport ilmenite (titanium-iron oxide mineral) for the Titan plant in the Crimea, via the Kamysh-Burun port in Kerch.

    The vessel was sailing without cargo from Rostov-on-Don to the Turkish port of Tuzla. It was returning from a delivery on August 8, 2017, when it carried another 3000 tons of ilmenite ore from the Turkish port of …

  • Kremlin: Agreement with Turkey to supply S-400 air defense systems effectively achieved

    Russia and Turkey have almost agreed on the delivery of S-400 anti-air defense systems, said Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation in an interview for Kommersant.

    According to him, the matter of supplying the systems has nearly been resolved. “The current matter has virtually come of age, but it isn’t a question of supplying firing weapons, but of a serious system, and thus there are fine details,” Shugaev said, expressing the hope that soon Moscow …

  • Pentagon demands explanation from Turkey over plans to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

    Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis stated at a briefing that Turkey needs to explain its intention to acquire Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

    "Turkey is a NATO ally, and one of the cornerstone things we like to have with any of our allies…. is the ability to have equipment that interoperates," said Davis. "The reports of the S-400, and Turkey's purchase of that…Turkey would need to explain that for itself," he added.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in turn, said that he sees …

  • Pentagon doubts that Turkey would purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia

    The reports on Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missile systems (ADMS) are false, according to General Joseph Dunford, the US Army Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a security conference in the city of Aspen. The video of the speech was posted on YouTube.

    According to Dunford, the US pays great attention to relations with Turkey. “I've been to Turkey about 12 times over the past year,” he said. The General stressed that relations with Turkey are “critical” for the US, …

  • Kyiv: Coal from the separatist-held areas of Donbas may be exported to Turkey

    The coal mined in along the demarcation line in eastern Ukraine can be delivered to Turkey through Russia, as announced by the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Igor Nasalik.

    "The ministry appealed to the embassies of eight countries where coal from the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation in the Donbas) zone has previously been sold, so far, the most problematic destination is Turkey," the minister said.

    According to him, the Ukrainians are working with the embassy in Turkey and the …

  • Kremlin: Turkey to take loan from Russia to purchase S-400 missile systems

    A portion of the funds for Turkey’s purchase of an S-400 system from Russia will apparently be taken on loan from Russia, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov told reporters on Tuesday.

    “The discussion of technical matters is complete, but it is still necessary to deal with purely administrative matters. On the one hand, the Turkish government needs to make a decision, and on the other hand, we must make [it]. But there is also the financial question: the Turkish authorities are holding negotiations …

  • Turkey signed a memorandum on delivery of missile defense systems with Eurosam concern

    Turkey has signed an agreement of cooperation with Franco-Italian concern Eurosam to develop its own anti-missile defense complexes. At the same time, negotiations with the Russian Federation on the delivery of S-400 air defense missile systems still continue, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said.

    "Today, our defense industry department signed a memorandum with Eurosam on the development of a national missile defense system, to be done in cooperation with France and Italy," Hurriyet  newspaper …

  • Ankara: Turkey will stand up for the rights of Crimean residents

    Turkey will stand for the rights of Crimea’s residents and the Crimean Tatars, stated Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız at a conference dedicated to the reforms in Ukraine, Anadolu news agency reports.

    Yıldız expressed confidence that despite the tense situation in the Crimea and the Donbas, Ukraine will become stronger. He also emphasized the significance of implementing the Minsk agreements.

    “This agreement, despite the discontent over the process of its implementation, still …