Five things to watch for at this week’s NATO meeting

Five things to watch for at this week’s NATO meeting

President Biden will convene with allies this week at a NATO summit in Madrid, which is expected to focus on the security alliance projecting its unity and coordination amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.  The meeting, which follows the Group of Seven summit in Germany, is expected to cover a hosts of issues beyond the Russian … Read more

Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan R welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Ankara, Turkey, on June 22, 2022. Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited Turkey for the first time in years, marking a rapprochement between two of … Read more

Russia, Turkey discuss grain export corridor from Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia, Turkey discuss grain export corridor from Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February halted Kyiv’s Black Sea grain exports, threatening a global food crisis. Russian and Turkish defence ministers have discussed a potential grain export corridor from Ukraine, as well as the situation in northern Syria, Turkey’s defence ministry said as Ankara and Moscow geared up for talks between their foreign ministers. … Read more

EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey’s Syria incursion threats?

EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey's Syria incursion threats?

BEIRUT (AP) — In northern Syria, residents are bracing for a new fight. With the world’s attention focused on the war in Ukraine, Turkey’s leader says he’s planning a major military operation to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters and create a long sought-after buffer zone in the border area. Tensions are high. Hardly a day … Read more

Russia urges Turkey not to launch offensive in northern Syria | Syria’s War News

Russia urges Turkey not to launch offensive in northern Syria | Syria's War News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has renewed threats of a military campaign targeting Kurdish ‘terrorists’. Russia urged Turkey not to launch an offensive in northern Syria after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed threats of a military campaign targeting Kurdish “terrorists”. “We hope that Ankara will refrain from actions that could lead to a dangerous deterioration … Read more

No more Turkey: Country in push to be known as ‘Türkiye’

No more Turkey: Country in push to be known as 'Türkiye'

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that his country be referred to as “Türkiye,” the state-run news agency reported. The move is seen as part of a push by Ankara to rebrand the country and dissociate its name from the bird, turkey, … Read more

NATO: Turkey says Sweden, Finland should amend laws if needed | NATO News

NATO: Turkey says Sweden, Finland should amend laws if needed | NATO News

Ankara reiterates threat to block Nordic countries’ joining of the security alliance over alleged ‘support for terror’. Turkey’s foreign minister has said Finland and Sweden should change their laws if needed to win Ankara’s backing in their historic bid to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, doubling down on a threat to veto an … Read more

US: Turkey’s NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

US: Turkey's NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday he’s confident Turkey’s objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO can be overcome swiftly, possibly in time for a summit of alliance leaders at the end of next month. At a news conference in Washington with visiting Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, Blinken said … Read more

EXPLAINER: What Turkey’s Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

EXPLAINER: What Turkey's Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Within a two-week span, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a stir by throwing a wrench in Sweden and Finland’s historic request to join NATO, lashing out at fellow alliance member Greece and announcing plans for a new incursion into Syria. Erdogan appears to be using Turkey’s role as a mediator … Read more

Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Senior officials from Sweden and Finland held some five hours of talks with Turkish counterparts in Ankara on Wednesday in an effort to overcome Turkey’s strong objections to the Nordic nations’ bids to join NATO. Sweden and Finland submitted their written applications to join NATO last week. The move represents one … Read more