A high-ranking Russian military figure says Moscow has completed the deliveries of batteries of the advanced Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Ankara, and that a new deal is under discussion.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he would not meet with US Vice President Mike Pence and State Secretary Mike Pompeo during their visit to Ankara to discuss a ground offensive by his country’s military forces and allied militants against Kurdish forces in the northern part of Syria.
Turkey says it is working with other countries to carry the investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to the United Nations, more than two months after the dissident Saudi journalist was gruesomely murdered inside the Arab kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Turkey has expressed its strong dissent against Washington's plan to establish “observation posts” in northern Syria, along parts of its border with the Anatolian country, in a purported attempt to help prevent clashes between Turkish government troops and those armed Kurdish militia supported by the United States.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will not “surrender” under the sanctions imposed by the United States over the detention of an American pastor, accusing Washington of launching an “attempted economic coup” against Ankara.
Turkey’s presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince, has threatened to close a major American military base in the country by Christmas unless Washington extradites US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an abortive 2016 coup.
Amnesty International has accused the Turkish government of creating a “suffocating climate of fear” across the country and launching a campaign of repression against human rights activists after a botched coup to topple Turkish President Recep Tayyep Erdogan in 2016.