Contents tagged with Erdogan

  • Erdogan tells Putin that Assad will face consequences if Syrian troops deployed to Afrin

    The Syrian government will “face consequences" if it concludes an agreement with Kurdish militia in Afrin, where Turkey is conducting military operation Olive branch,Turkey's President Recep Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation, Turkish NTV channel reports.

    During the talks, Putin and Erdogan discussed the problems in Afrin and in Idlib province. "If the Syrian regime goes down this path [agreement with the Kurds], there will be consequences," Erdogan …

  • Erdogan: Turkey bought Russian S-400 missile systems due to threat of attack from Syria

    Turkey bought the Russian S-400 anti-air missile systems because of the threat of an attack from Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Italian newspaper La Stampa in an interview. Negotiations were held with several countries on the purchase of such equipment, but only Russia’s offer corresponded to Ankara’s expectations, the Turkish leader explained.

    According to Erdogan, the civil war which has been raging in Syria since 2011 has prompted Ankara to “reinforce and modernize …

  • Erdogan: Turkey has an agreement with Russia concerning Kurdish-held Canton of Afrin

    Turkey does not intend to desist from carrying out operation “Olive Branch” in the Syrian region of Afrin, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as reported by the local newspaper Yeni Safak. According to Erdogan, Turkey also has a certain agreement with Russia in this regard.

    “Turkey does not intend to back down from the operation in Afrin, and has an agreement with Russia,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara.

    However, he emphasized that Turkey does lay claim to Afrin territory.

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  • Media: Russian troops pulling out from Syria's Afrin as Turkish military operation begins

    Russian military have started pulling their divisions out from Syrian enclave Afrin where Turkey plans to conduct a military operation against Kurds, reported Anadolu news agency.

    “Dozens of Russian military are moving to Nubl and Zahra, the cities controlled by Bashar Assad. Part of the Russian contingent still remains in Afrin,” the agency said.

    On Friday, January 19, during a broadcast of the Ahaber TV-channel, Minister of Defense of Turkey Nurettin Canikli acknowledged that a military …

  • Erdogan threatens to start military operation against Kurds in northern Syria

    Turkey will “rip off the heads” of the YPG Kurdish “terrorists” in the Afrin and Manbij regions, “if they do not surrender”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a public speech in the Elazig Province, reported the Turkish TV channel NTV.

    “In Manbij, if the promises [of the Americans to withdraw the Kurdish YPG troops] are not fulfilled, we will take the matter into our own hands. They will see what we do in a week. If the terrorists in Afrin do not surrender, we will rip off …

  • Turkey: US must take back weapons delivered to Kurds

    The Pentagon must immediately take the weapons and ammunition it sent to Syrian Kurds’ People’s Protection Units (YPG) for combating IS back to US arsenals, Turkish Presidential Press Secretary Ibrahim Kalin said.

    Last Friday, US President Donald Trump held telephone talks with his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Erdogan. According to the White House, the American leader informed his colleague about adjustments under consideration regarding military support for America’s partners in Syria. …

  • Crimean Tatar leader Umerov: Our release from Russian prison was a result of an agreement between Putin and Erdogan

    The deputies of the Mejlis Chairman of the Crimean Tatar people, Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, who were released from detention in the annexed Crimea, were not informed of the terms of possible agreements between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan, Ilmi Umerov indicated to Krym.Realii.

    "We were not told about it. This is an agreement between Erdogan and Putin. We have not yet seen the decrees on our release. We do not know on what basis, under what conditions it has been done. It is …

  • Turkey: Trump agreed to stop supplying weapons to Kurds in Syria

    Turkish authorities said on Friday that President Donald Trump agreed with Ankara's position, promising that the US would not supply weapons to Kurdish forces operating in Syria. According to Turkish government representatives, the chief of the White House told President Erdogan that he had already officially approved relevant instructions.

    "Our discomfort regarding the provision of weapons to the Kurdish militia (YPG) was conveyed to Mr. Trump once again," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut …

  • Putin tells Turkish and Iranian leaders that Assad is ready for constitutional reform

    RIA Novosti has reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of Turkey and Iran, Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, about his talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    "We informed our colleagues about the conversation in Sochi with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We noted the commitment of the Syrian leadership to the principles of a peaceful resolution of the political crisis, [and their] readiness to carry out constitutional reform and free, UN-supervised elections," …

  • Putin and Erdogan agree to mutual lifting of sanctions with the exception of the ban on tomatoes

    During the meeting in Sochi on Wednesday, May 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to lift virtually all mutual trade restrictions.

    The only exception was the ban on the import of Turkish tomatoes in Russia. According to Putin, this will be lifted once Russian producers recover the investments caused by the closing of the market.

    Putin emphasized that he and Erdogan had achieved an agreement regarding the “complex resolution of all the problems …