Turkey Sends 5,000 Tonnes of Foodstuffs to Qatar Amid Arab States’ Row

[6/18/17/SPUTNIK]  Turkey has sent 5,000 metric tons of foodstuffs to Qatar amid the ongoing political and transport blockade of this Persian Gulf nation, initiated by a number of neighboring states that accuse Doha of providing state support to terrorist groups, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Saturday.

“Some 5,000 tons of foodstuff were transported to Qatar with 71 planes. The shipment will begin this weekend. Trucks are also on the way,” Zeybekci said as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Later, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania also announced the severance of diplomatic relations. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar. Senegal, Niger and Chad summoned their ambassadors.

Turkish leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, have repeatedly called for Saudi Arabian King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud to take efforts to peacefully solve the Qatar crisis and have attempted to mediate the crisis by diplomatic means.

Erdogan, in particular, criticized the sanctions recently imposed against Qatar and said that such actions do not reflect the ideals of Islam.

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6.0 earthquake strikes western Turkey, depth of 10km (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Witnesses said they felt a strong quake as “everyone ran outside,” with one describing it as the biggest they ever felt in Turkey.

Other earthquake monitoring agencies issued preliminary reports of a tremor of varying magnitude, with the USGS alerting a 6.3 and the Greek Geodynamics Institute posting a 6.1 quake.

Deprem anımız bendeki rahatlığa bak

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Three quakes have been felt in the area in the last hour. 10 minutes after the initial 6.0 quake a 4.9 aftershock was reported. The first and strongest quake was felt as far away as Plovdiv in central Bulgaria.

“Canakkale is swaying!” a video uploaded from the northwestern city in Turkey said, showing commotion on the streets following the quake.

An itibariyla Canakkale fena sallandi!!! #instaturkey#deprem#canakkale#gununkaresi

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The quake was also felt on the Greek island of Lesbos, where small landslides and damage were reported by ERT. No injuries have been reported.

#deprem #ege #manisa #evimiz #akvaryum #earthquake #myhome #fishtank #aquarium

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Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes near İzmir, Turkey


A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has struck near the coast of western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, a European earthquake monitor said.

The epicentre of the quake was located some 84 km (52 miles) northwest of the Aegean coastal province of Izmir, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on its website.

The Greek island of Lesbos has also been rattled.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the quake caused any major damage in Turkey or Greece. Earthquakes are common in both countries.

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Irking Turkey, Israel and Cyprus Begin Mountain Military Drills

About 400 Israeli commandos are on their way to the divided island to take part in what local media are calling the largest military exercise ever to be undertaken between the Israelis and the Greek Cypriots. This will be the first time this many Israeli soldiers have traveled to Cyprus.

Neither the Israeli Defense Forces nor the adviser to Cyprus Defense Minister Maro Theodotou have commented on the exercises, but according to Cyprus Mail, the local daily, the military exercise will start Sunday and will focus mainly on occupying and liberating villages in the mountainous region of the island, the Troodos Mountains. Some of the mountains rise up to 2,000 meters above sea level.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz also learned that the exercise is going to involve “sqaudrons of Black Hawk helicopters.” The Israeli newspaper speculates that the Troodos Mountains were chosen because they have similarities with mountainous regions around Israel.

It is probably safe to speculate that it is the high mountains of Israel’s northern neighbor, Lebanon, that Israel wants to master. Rumblings of a coming conflict with Hezbollah have been in the air for weeks now.

The exercise has already caused a sharp negative reaction from Turkey, according to the Jerusalem Post. Turkey, which used to conduct joint military exercises with Israel before 2011, when relations between the two countries deteriorated following an Israeli attack on a Turkish aid convoy, announced that it would be holding its own military exercise within Northern Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) southwest of the town of Paphos. The self-declared state of Northern Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey.

Cyprus’s government has already filed a formal complaint regarding Turkish military exercise to the United Nations, according to the Cyprus Mail.

The upcoming Israeli-Cypriot exercises come in the wake of the earlier three-day military exercise, ‘Onisilos-Gideon,’ which took place this March and focused mainly on air forces and air defense, the newspaper reports.

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Germany withdraws its troops from Turkey

On 7 June 2017, Berlin announced that it was withdrawing its troops from Turkey. The 260 soldiers of the Bundeswehr who are participating in “Anti Daesh International Coalition” operations from bases at Incilik, are currently being transferred to bases at Azraq, Jordan.

It will take around three weeks to transport the 10,000 tonnes of material distributed among around 200 containers, and about three months for Germany to resume its participation in the Coalition’s missions.

It has not been made clear if the officers liaising with Nato, who are present at Izmir, would also be leaving Turkey.

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Putin is Ready to Supply Turkey with S400 Missile Systems

Putin is Ready to Supply Turkey with S400 Missile Systems

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to supply NATO member state Turkey and a main backer of ISIS and Al-Qaeda terrorists in Syrian and elsewhere with the most advanced anti-aircraft S400 missile systems.

Cooperation between Russia and Turkey have reached their highest levels ever in almost every aspect despite the treacherous regime of Turkish junta led by Erdogan each and every time a deal is struck with Russia. The cooperation reached its highest when Putin saved his friend Erdogan from the coup that almost unseated him and led to the detention of tens of thousands of Turks from military, journalism, political parties, and even ordinary citizens.

Putin went on to affirm his readiness to discuss jointly producing these missile systems in Turkey, not only selling them which would usually include disabling some aspects of the systems to prevent the treacherous Turks from delivering it to their NATO buddies and strip it of any advantage.

Is Mr. Putin developing his ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ when the victims would sympathize with their hijackers?

Erdogan has ‘stabbed Putin in his back’ on November 24, 2015 when his forces shot down a Russian fighter jet within the borders of Syria and killed its pilot while descending by his parachute, and one marine soldier who was in the rescue crew.

Erdogan turned to Putin to tease the US regime of Obama then turned back to the US when Trump came to power.

Erdogan and his junta ruling Turkey with an iron fist are the main sponsors of all terrorists reaching Syria and a main cause of threat to China with the support to separatists in the Chinese Uyghurs and even importing tens of their families to settle in towns inside Syria after cleansing it from its Syrian population and to use the men in Erodgan’s battles.

Erdogan has long enjoyed the support of his Western partners when he’s a good servant to them and when his relations with the West are tight he turns to the Russians and Iranians for assistance then stabs all of them in the back in a weird blunt but successful manner each time.

Russia and Iran made sure Erdogan’s powers were saved and increased even during the times he was delivering his knives to their backs, Iranian citizens and Iranian-supported Lebanese Shiite minorities were always targeted, slaughtered, kidnapped and tortured by Erdogan sponsored terrorist groups inside Syria, repeatedly and systematically.

At the same time, we see that the Russian president has not yet delivered the long-awaited S300 missiles Syria bought from Russia and are much needed by the Syrian Arab Army to deter further attacks against its bases and against Syrian infrastructure by the US-led coalition of dictators’ armies and by the Israeli forces all supporting different factions of the FSA including the ISIS and Nusra Front listed as terrorist groups by the USA itself..!

— Arabi Souri

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Russia lifts all apart from one of its sanctions against Turkey

Implementing the decisions made during the Russian-Turkish Summit that took place on 2 May 2017, President Vladimir Putin signed on 31 May 2017, a decree lifting all but one of the sanctions imposed against Turkey. The sanction that still remains in place is the trade embargo on tomatoes.

Russia had suspended all trade relations with Turkey – a retaliatory measure for Turkey’s bringing down and destroying on 24 November 2015, one of the Russian bomber fighters that was participating in the operations against the jihadists in Northern Syria.

This decree is of immediate effect.

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Russia ready to supply S-400 missile systems to Turkey – Putin

“We discussed the possibility of selling S-400s [to Turkey]. We are ready for this,” Putin said in answer to a question from a Turkish media reporter.

Speaking about cooperation between Moscow and Ankara in assembling the defense systems in Turkey, he said it depends on the readiness of local manufacturing industry.

“At the moment, we don’t produce those systems abroad,” Putin added.

We are ready to deliver these newest and most efficient systems. President [Recep Tayip] Erdogan and our countries’ militaries are aware of it.”

Currently, Russia and India are jointly producing the Brahmos hypersonic missile, but such projects require massive investment in technologies and human resources, the president said. “But overall, there is nothing impossible.”

Previous media reports suggested that Moscow and Ankara had discussed the sale of S-400s in May, when Putin hosted Erdogan in Sochi. While Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said at that time the deal was “possible,” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said negotiations between Russia and Turkey were close to conclusion.

“Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean ‘Let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning,’” Isik said as cited by Reuters. The minister said that Ankara turned to Moscow for the system because “NATO member countries have not presented an offer which is financially effective.”

The Russian-made S-400 system is capable of shooting down aircraft at ranges of up to 400km and ballistic missiles at a range of 60km, as well as engaging 36 targets simultaneously, according to open sources.

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Human rights abuse rampant in Turkey – British lawyers

The inquiry’s findings, which were published Monday, were that some 40,000 police officers, civil servants, judges and public prosecutors were removed from their posts since 2013. Drawing attention to Erdogan administration’s egregious restriction of freedom of expression, the 95-page report called for legal action against the Turkish government from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). 

“From the perspective of international human rights law, we consider that the Turkish government has perpetrated significant human rights violations against supporters of the Gulen movement that would justify legal action before the European Court of Human Rights, in the absence of suitable remedies in Turkey,” the authors of the report said.

The authors warned that the pattern of human rights violations represents a step backward away from democracy in Turkey.

READ MORE: Over 100 detained as Turkish police crackdown on ‘secular’ teachers’ protest (VIDEO,PHOTOS)

“We have analyzed the actions taken by the Turkish government and its agents since December 2013 and have unanimously concluded that there has been a distinct reversal in the reform process that had been taking place since Turkey began accession talks with the European Union in 2005,” they said.

“We regard this as a serious setback for Turkish democracy and its respect for human rights, in particular for the freedom of speech and the rule of law.”

The report was written by four leading British lawyers, including Lord Woolf, a former lord chief justice, and Sir Edward Garnier QC, a Conservative MP and former solicitor general. Funding for the report was provided by the US-based Journalist and Writers Foundation, whose honorary chairman is Gulen, an erstwhile Erdogan ally but current critic.

READ MORE: Turkey issues arrest warrant for top Erdogan rival Fethullah Gulen

The report focuses on the AK party government’s persecution of any groups or individuals with ties to Gulen or Hizmet, his influential spiritual and social movement.

Turkey has been under increasing international scrutiny following the arrest of two Vice News journalists and the raid on the Gulen-affiliated Koza Ipek group last month.

Before being relocating to the US in 1999, Gulen was one of Erdogan’s most prominent supporters. However, their relationship began to fall apart as Erdogan grew suspicions about Gulen’s growing influence.

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Polish Media Blames Turkey for Flood of Illegal Immigrants in Europe

Wiadomości, a popular television news program in Poland, claims Turkey is behind the mass migration of illegal immigrants into Europe.

Faced with social and economic problems created by the presence of more than two million Syrian refugees in the country, Turkey planned and financed the mass migration, according to the Wiadomości website.

Turkey is “supplying (the migrants) with the necessary means for… the long journey toward the dream of Europe,” Thomas Otłowski writes.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, used the “tragic death of a little Alyan… as a pretext for cynical statements about how the West (the European Union) is responsible for ‘the transformation of the Mediterranean into a graveyard’ of refugees,” Wiadomości claims.

The corporate media has used a photo of the drowned Syrian child Alyan washed up on a beach near the Aegean resort town Bodrum to highlight the refugee crisis and call for humanitarian aid.

In addition to “cleaning” refugee camps in Turkey, Wiadomości claims the government has turned a blind eye to “the activities of organized gangs of smugglers” who assist the effort to move thousands of migrants by sea to the Greek islands of Lesbos, Kos and Samos where they then travel to Europe.

The relationship between Turkey and Greece has remained hostile since Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

EU Works with Ankara to Keep Migrants in Turkey

European leaders are currently working with Turkey in “a behind-the-scenes push” to improve conditions for the 2.2 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Politico reported on Sunday.

The issue will be addressed during an emergency meeting of EU bureaucrats on Wednesday.

French President François Hollande said after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi last week Europe must “work with Turkey” to ensure the refugees “can stay there, find a job, and wait for the situation in Syria to improve.”

Western leaders have increasingly called for direct military intervention in Syria to “improve” conditions. Turkey has long called for military intervention.

On Friday German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier went to Ankara to discuss the crisis with Erdoğan.

Steinmeier said the purpose of his unscheduled trip was to prevent further “chaos” along Europe’s borders as thousands of undocumented immigrants attempt to reach Germany and other European nations offering assistance and social benefits.

Earlier this month the EU said it is preparing a “substantial” aid package for Turkey.

Jean Asselborn, the foreign minister of Luxembourg, told his Turkish counterpart, Feridun Sinirlioglu, it is the EU’s “responsibility” to “financially support a country which is confronted with a problem, involving huge costs.”

“It’s not that we want to buy Turkey off for blocking the route to those who want to come to Europe,” Asselborn said.

“It’s about providing support on the one hand, and, on the other hand, avoiding the anarchy we’re seeing at borders where asylum seekers are entering,” he said.


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