Turkey has hit back at Moscow that blamed Ankara for failing to honor a 2018 buffer zone deal, insisting that the Turkish government has so far carried out its responsibilities in Syria’s volatile province of Idlib, which militant groups have been using as a launch pad for attacks against Syrian forces and civilians.
The Syrian parliament has overwhelmingly recognized the mass killings of more than one million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire that took place a century ago, as tensions run high between Damascus and Ankara over the latter’s military campaign in Syria’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib.
The Turkish government has sent to the parliament the text of a military agreement it reached with Libya’s internationally-recognized government for approval, moving closer to military support for the Tripoli-based unity Government of National Accord (GNA).
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.