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Friends or foes? Syrian refugees divided on fate of defectors
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Joseph Nasr | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Many of the Syrians now in Germany are asking if the defectors are friends or foes. Defectors risked their lives to join the opposition and discredit the regime,” said Fawaz Tello, a veteran Syrian dissident. The pink, plastic-covered piece of paper has given more credence to testimonies he delivered in France and Germany against the Syrian government, he says. “No one has the right to tell victims they should not seek justice,” said Anwar al-Bunni of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) which is representing victims in the torture trial. He was an intelligence colonel in Assad’s security apparatus but defected in 2012 to Turkey, where he became active in the opposition Free Syrian Army.
Persons: Bashar al, , , Fawaz Tello, Mahmoud Alabdulah, Alabdulah, ” Alabdulah, , Anwar al, Assad, Anwar R, Tello, Anwar Organizations: Syrian army’s, Division, European Centre for Constitutional, Human, Free Syrian Army, Islamic Locations: GERA, Germany, Syrian, Syria, France, German, Gera, Damascus, Turkey, U.N, Geneva
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s promise of a new economic era triggered a foreign-driven rally in the lira, but local investors have yet to be persuaded that policies they say have dragged on economic prospects for years will be reversed. Twice since mid-2018 the economy has sharply contracted while half the lira’s value has evaporated, setting both back compared to peers. That rally was partially reversed by Turks, who still face negligible deposit rates, buying $4 billion of gold and foreign exchange in two weeks. Graphic: Lira cools after rallySlideshow ( 2 images )Locals could warm to the lira if deposit rates are pulled higher by further monetary tightening, analysts say. On Monday, Erdogan announced curfews and said the government is taking careful steps to avoid “a full-blown economic and social crisis”.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Umit, Baris Hocaoglu, Erdogan, Mehmet Ali Yildirimturk, , , curfews, Oktay Dagasan, Numan Kurtulmus, Joe Biden, Atilla Yesilada Organizations: REUTERS, Istanbul Portfoy, AK Party, European Union, Joe Biden White, GlobalSource Partners Locations: ISTANBUL, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, Metro, Migros, Carrefour, Ankara
France to seek immediate EU riposte if U.S. punishes French digital tax
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Flags of France and European Union flutter above the French Consulate in central Istanbul, Turkey, July 13, 2016. REUTERS/Murad SezerPARIS (Reuters) - France will immediately seek EU retaliation if Washington goes ahead in January with planned trade sanctions over a French tax on digital services, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday. The Trump administration announced additional duties of 25% on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at $1.3 billion in response to France’s digital services tax, but said it would hold off on implementing the move until January. “If there are American sanctions against the French decision, which ... is the application of French law, we will immediately seek a riposte at the European level,” Le Maire told journalists after a meeting with EU counterparts about digital services taxation.
Persons: Murad Sezer PARIS, Bruno Le Maire, Trump, ” Le Maire Organizations: French Consulate, REUTERS, French Finance, EU Locations: France, European, French, Istanbul, Turkey, Washington
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Operations targeting the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen have continued under a four-year-long crackdown since the attempted coup in July 2016. The detentions were ordered by the chief prosecutor in the western coastal province of Izmir, Anadolu said, adding that it also took steps to sack 848 military personnel, including high ranking officers, over links to the network. Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military alone.
Persons: Fethullah Gulen, Gulen, Tayyip Erdogan Organizations: Anadolu, Turkish Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Ankara, U.S, Izmir, Anadolu
PARIS/BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) - NATO has asked members for more money to finance a salary hike for staff, a request some alliance nations deem disproportionate given the COVID-19 hit to their economies and are refusing, three European diplomats said. Some 1,000 civilians work within NATO’s international staff, which is composed solely of nationals from NATO member countries. “NATO salaries are subject to annual adjustment, based on a methodology agreed by all nations. Two NATO diplomats confirmed salary negotiations were under way and that there was unhappiness. According to the NATO website the salary is adjusted once a year on Jan. 1 at the time of the annual NATO salary review.
Persons: Yves Herman, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, , , Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Stoltenberg Organizations: NATO, REUTERS, European, NATO Headquarters, OECD, of Europe, European Space Agency, , Foreign Ministry, Pew Research Center Locations: BRUSSELS, MADRID, Brussels, Belgium, COVID, Europe, Turkey, Canada, European, Spain
Pictures of the year: Aerials
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Jeremy Schultz | ) www.reuters.com + 0.79   time to read: 1 min
Artwork by French-Swiss street artist Saype, entitled "Beyond Walls," is seen on a floating barge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, October 23, 2020. The pieces created by Saype in Istanbul are part of a project to create a spray-painted...moreArtwork by French-Swiss street artist Saype, entitled "Beyond Walls," is seen on a floating barge over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey, October 23, 2020. The pieces created by Saype in Istanbul are part of a project to create a spray-painted "human chain" across the world to encourage humanity and equality. REUTERS/Murad SezerClose
Persons: Saype, Murad Sezer Organizations: Saype Locations: Swiss, Horn, Istanbul, Turkey
GROTTAFERRATA, Italy (Reuters) - In an ancient monastery behind huge medieval battlements in a hilltop town just south of Rome, 10 monks are striving to keep alive a 1,600-year-old spiritual tradition against increasing odds. Basil in 356 in present-day Turkey who still follow his ascetic regimen of prayer and work. At the time, the Grottaferrata monks chose to remain faithful to the pope in Rome rather than switch allegiance to the newly established Orthodox patriarch in Constantinople, now Istanbul. They are the last monks of the Italo-Albanian tradition to follow the Rule of St. Nonetheless, Corsaro is steadfast in his belief that preserving the ancient tradition is his sacred calling.
Persons: Italy’s, Basil, Brother Claudio Corsaro, , , St Nilus, Brother Filippo Pecoraro, ” Pecoraro, Corsaro Organizations: St Locations: GROTTAFERRATA, Italy, Rome, Turkey, Christianity, Constantinople, Istanbul, Italo, Sicily, Balkans
Turkish exploration vessel back in port ahead of EU summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk IsikANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port on Monday from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Tensions flared in August when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to map out energy drilling prospects in waters also claimed by Greece. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit in October to “allow for diplomacy”, but later sent it back after what it called unsatisfactory outcomes from the summit. Refinitiv ship tracking data confirmed Oruc Reis was back in port in Antalya on Monday morning.
Persons: Oruc Reis, Yoruk Isik, Hayreddin Pasa, Tayyip Erdogan’s Organizations: REUTERS, Ankara, NATO, EU Locations: Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey, Yoruk, Yoruk Isik ANKARA, Greece, Ankara, Antalya, Turkey’s, Cyprus, Athens, Northern Cyprus, France, Paris
Afghan female artist breaks tattoo taboo in Kabul studio
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Hameed Farzad | Sayed Hassib | ) www.reuters.com + 0.97   time to read: +2 min
KABUL (Reuters) - Soraya Shahidy carefully lays a stencil on Nargis Merzayi’s arm before inking the latest tattoo in her salon in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. A normal routine in studios around the world, Shahidy’s artwork in the conservative country breaks a tattoo taboo: she believes she is the first female tattoo artist in a country where some religious scholars say tattoos are forbidden under Islam. “Some mullahs say tattoos are forbidden, but there are other mullahs who say the opposite,” she said, adding that Kabul is seeing a small but growing demand from young people for tattoos. But some boys choose designs that are extravagant to me.”One client, she said, wanted a tattoo of a tombstone inscribed “volunteer of death”. Like many in the country, Shahidy thinks about the possibility of a return to power by the Taliban, who are in peace talks with the Afghan government to end two decades of war.
Persons: Soraya Shahidy, Merzayi’s, , ” Shahidy, Organizations: Reuters Locations: KABUL, Afghanistan’s, Kabul, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Islam
John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, spoke to Business Insider about President Donald Trump, voter fraud, criminal justice reform, and his state's East vs. West rivalry. In 2024, however, he fully expects Donald Trump to be a candidate for US president. And I think that's one of the main missing links and criminal justice conversation in America today. If Donald Trump tweeted one plus one equals three, they would put a thing saying "this is in dispute." Like, if that doesn't help my Philadelphia cred, oh my god, I don't know what I got for you.
Persons: John Fetterman, Donald Trump, Fetterman, he's, It's, I'm, Matt Rourke, — they've, there's, they've, Trump, That's, Wolf, Hillary Clinton, He's, Republicans —, Barack Obama, Gisele Fetterman, Keith Srakocic, Tom Wolf, Gov, Marc Levy, I've, you've, , Braddock, Donald Trump's, they'll, They're, we're, Hugo Chavez, Dan Patrick, hasn't, Joe Biden, You've, that's, it's, Bill O'Leary, Sheetz, McBeam, Gritty, Steely McBeam, Matt Rourke Real, Biden Organizations: Business, AP, White, Republicans, Gov, Pennsylvania, CNN, Trump, Biden, Democratic Senate, Twitter, American, Steelers, Eagles, Washington, Philadelphia, West, Pittsburgh, Penguins, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Flyers, Gritty, Farm, Republican, GSA, The New York Times, Republican Party, Fox News Locations: Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa, Luzerne County, Braddock , PA, America, Braddock, Philadelphia, United States, Texas, Philly, Wawa, Western Pennsylvania, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Turkey, Sheetz, Western
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, citing his pardon last week — and making clear that it broadly covered potential legal troubles beyond the charge Mr. Flynn had faced of lying to federal investigators. “The president’s pardon, which General Flynn has accepted, moots this case,” the Justice Department filing said. Mr. Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the F.B.I. But Mr. Flynn — whose case became a cause for Mr. Trump and his supporters as they attacked the Trump-Russia investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III — sought to change his plea to not guilty. And Attorney General William P. Barr asked the judge, Emmet G. Sullivan of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, to dismiss the case in a highly unusual about-face for the Justice Department.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Trump’s, Michael T, Flynn, General Flynn, Flynn —, Trump, Robert S, Mueller III —, William P, Barr, Emmet G, Sullivan Organizations: The Justice Department, Department, Trump, Federal, Court, District of Columbia, Justice Department Locations: Russian, United States, Turkey, Russia
Turkey's coronavirus death toll hits record for seventh day in a row
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Deserted street leading to the historical Galata Tower is seen at the popular touristic neighbourhood of Beyoglu after a partial weekend curfew started during the COVID-19 outbreak in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File PhotoISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s daily COVID-19 death toll hit a record high for a seventh consecutive day on Sunday, with 185 fatalities in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed. The number of new cases of coronavirus infections, including asymptomatic ones, fell slightly to 29,281. For four months, Turkey only reported symptomatic cases, but since Wednesday it has reported all cases. The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic in March stood at 13,558.
Persons: Umit Organizations: REUTERS, Health Ministry Locations: Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, ISTANBUL
Turkey's COVID curfew fails to contain surging second wave
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Irem Koca | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Deserted street leading to the historical Galata Tower is seen at the popular touristic neighbourhood of Beyoglu after a partial weekend curfew started during the COVID-19 outbreak in Istanbul, Turkey, November 21, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File PhotoTurkey is expected to report this week that its economy bounced back from a sharp coronavirus-induced slump earlier this year. Doctors and opposition politicians have called for stricter measures, but with shops, restaurants and hotels already hit by the new clampdown, the government is anxious to avoid further economic pain and said people had a personal duty to cooperate. As long as these are not heeded, especially in big cities, the increasing continuation of (the virus) becomes inevitable,” he told reporters. “Based on current data, we look to be at the top of the worldwide list of cases per population,” he told Reuters.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan’s, Umit, Fahrettin Koca, Erdogan, , Meral Aksener, , Mr Erdogan, ” Celallettin Organizations: REUTERS, Twitter, IYI Party, Reuters Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Galata, Beyoglu, Istanbul, United States, India, Brazil
(Reuters) - Dutch insurer Aegon said on Sunday it will sell its Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance Group for 830 million euros as it seeks to raise cash to better cope with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis. Aegon has agreed to sell its insurance, pension and asset management business in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey, it said in a statement. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
Organizations: Reuters, Aegon, Vienna Insurance Group Locations: Eastern, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey
Aegon to sell Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +1 min
(Reuters) - Dutch insurer Aegon said on Sunday it would sell its Central and Eastern European business to Vienna Insurance Group for 830 million euros ($993 million) to raise cash to cope with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Aegon said it had agreed to sell its insurance, pension and asset management business in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey. “This transaction will simplify Aegon’s footprint and strengthen our balance sheet,” Aegon Chief Executive Officer Lard Friese said in a statement. In October, Reuters reported that the Dutch insurer had put its Eastern European business up for sale and was working with JPMorgan on the process. Aegon provides life and general insurance in Hungary, where it began working in 1992 with the acquisition of former state-owned insurer Állami Biztosító.
Persons: Friese Organizations: Reuters, Aegon, Vienna Insurance Group, Eastern, JPMorgan, Állami Locations: Eastern, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Central, Eastern Europe, United States
(Reuters) - Vienna Insurance Group will buy Dutch insurer Aegon’s Central and Eastern European business for 830 million euros ($993 million), cementing Vienna’s regional lead and raising cash for Aegon to cope with the coronavirus crisis. In 2019, the assets generated a net profit of around 50 million euros with around 1,650 employees, it added. Aegon announced the deal, which is set to close in the second half of 2021, on Sunday. “The acquisition of the Central and Eastern European business of Aegon is an important step for our group to sustainably strengthen our leading position in CEE and to take advantage of new opportunities,” VIG Chief Executive Elisabeth Stadler said in a statement. “The portfolios of the companies included in the scope of the transaction perfectly complement our existing units and strengthen our diversification in these countries.
Persons: VIG, , Elisabeth Stadler, Friese Organizations: Reuters, Vienna Insurance, Aegon’s, Aegon, Central, ” Aegon, Eastern, JPMorgan Locations: Eastern, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United States
Turkey Leftovers Pile Up After Pandemic-Constrained Thanksgiving
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Erin Ailworth | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Even after foisting a pan of turkey and gravy on her sister’s family and sending heapings of Jell-O salad off to her neighbors in Evanstan, Ill., Emily Milman surveyed the foil-wrapped pans and covered dishes packing her refrigerator the day after Thanksgiving with dismay. “Eek,” she said. “We didn’t make a dent.”Ms. Milman’s is no paltry...
Persons: Emily Milman, , , Ms, Milman’s Locations: Evanstan ,
Saudi Arabia has suspended Turkish meat imports - Turkish union
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Ceyda Caglayan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters’ union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rivals. REUTERS/Umit BektasTurkish exporters have reported increasing obstacles to trade in Saudi Arabia, as businessmen in the Gulf Arab state have led calls for bans on Turkish imports and as ties between the two countries deteriorated. Ankara says it has been told by Riyadh that there is no formal boycott, but the exporters’ union said it had been informed by Turkey’s trade ministry that imports of some Turkish goods had been suspended earlier this month. Turkey’s Exporters Assembly says exports to Saudi Arabia fell 16% in the first 10 months of this year to $2.23 billion. “Even though there was no official ban, we were unable to send many products to Saudi Arabia anyway, including chicken products,” said Sait Koca, general manager of a poultry company.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi King Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s, Ruhsar Pekcan, ” Pekcan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Joe Biden, Erdogan, , Sait Koca, Weeks Organizations: REUTERS, , Reuters, Turkey’s Trade, World Trade Organisation, Saudi Locations: ISTANBUL, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Saudi, Ankara, Gulf, Istanbul, Riyadh, Sabah, U.S
(CNN) Monica's turkey dance is one of the greatest "Friends" moments. Courteney Cox, who plays Monica in case you've been in quarantine for over 20 years, took to Instagram to recreate the famous scene. "I'm feeling so thankful," Cox said, joking that if she sees one more GIF of herself "with a turkey on my head dancing like a f***ing fool, I'm just gonna snap." She showed a clip of the video, adding, "So anyhow, since I'm the symbol of Thanksgiving, here you go, hope it makes you happy." Then she put a turkey on her head, complete with sunglasses, and did a 2020 dance for fans from her own kitchen.
Persons: It's, Chandler, Courteney Cox, Monica, you've, Cox Organizations: CNN
Whole Foods and Amazon sent out an email to customers in some southern states saying that the turkey they purchased may not live up to "quality" standards. While the turkeys are still safe to eat, customers will get a $50 Amazon gift card credited to their account. Whole Foods sent out an email to customers in some southern states on Thursday morning explaining that they purchased a Turkey that may not live up to the company's "quality" standards. Customers took to Twitter to express their concern with the smell of the Turkey's that had been purchased. Whole Foods responded to the concerns, often pointing customers in the direction of the USDA's recommendations for handling turkey.
Persons: John Mackey Organizations: Amazon, Foods, CNN Business, Whole Foods, Twitter Locations: Turkey, Alabama , Georgia , Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina , Tennessee, Florida
Why Persian rugs are so expensive
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Andy Ash | ) www.businessinsider.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
The most expensive Persian rug sold at auction in June 2013 for $33.8 million. So, how are Persian rugs made, and why are they so expensive? Although several countries are associated with the term "Persian rug," authentic Persian carpets and the traditional methods of producing them originate in Iran. Narrator: Traditionally, Persian rugs are made from sheep's wool, which is boiled, spun, and dyed by hand. The most expensive Persian rug ever bought was a 17th-century Persian vase-style carpet, which sold at auction in June 2013 in London for $33.8 million.
Persons: Mohammad Hossein Tumani, Gabbeh Organizations: UNESCO Intangible Locations: Iran, Isfahan, Qom, Kurdish, Fars, Yazd, Fars Province, Tabriz, Persian, Turkey, London
Trump says he will leave the White House if Electoral College votes for Biden
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Jeff Mason | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Hannah McKayWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. In the nearest he has come to a concession, Republican Trump said if Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College he will depart the White House. The Electoral College is due to meet on Dec. 14. Trump made the comments at the White House after speaking to U.S. troops during the traditional Thanksgiving Day address to U.S. servicemembers. Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election with 306 Electoral College votes - many more than the 270 required - to Trump’s 232.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Republican Trump, Biden, Trump, servicemembers Organizations: White, REUTERS, Electoral, Democratic, Republican, White House Locations: Turkey, Washington , U.S
In the week before Thanksgiving, Poteaux had nearly 100 preorders for Thanksgiving meals, which cost $89 for two people and $169 for four people. For people who want to skip the traditional turkey, there’s also an Angus beef option. “We have sold more whole smoked turkeys this year than last,” Baran told NBC News. For $60, the meal feeds two people and offers all of the traditional Thanksgiving fare, without the time spent cooking and cleaning up. “It's just going to be the two of us at our apartment in Boston, and neither of us have our hearts set on the traditional Thanksgiving fare.
Persons: they’re, “ It’s, ” Michelle Poteaux, Poteaux, there’s, Angus, , Mike Baran, , ” Baran, Katie Trovitch, Chris, Trovitch, ” Trovitch, Shevaun Betzler, “ It's, ” Betzler, ” Tracy Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC Locations: Alexandria , Virginia, United States, Indianapolis , Indiana, St, Louis , Missouri, Arizona, Olive, Webster Groves , Missouri, Boston, New England, Tuckerton , New Jersey
Turkey records highest new coronavirus death toll for fourth consecutive day
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Umit BektasISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s daily number of coronavirus deaths hit a record high for a fourth consecutive day with 174 in the past 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed on Thursday, and it also reported the highest number of new daily infections yet. Data showed that Turkey recorded 29,132 COVID-19 cases, including asymptomatic ones, on Thursday. From July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were 6,876 on Thursday, raising the total number to 474,606. The total number of deaths stood at 13,014. Thursday’s new case tally was also the highest daily number reported since the beginning of the pandemic but historical data and the cumulative number of all cases is still not available.
Organizations: REUTERS, Health Locations: Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, Umit, ISTANBUL, Ankara
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey does not expect ties with the United States to be strained under President-elect Joe Biden and does not anticipate sanctions over its purchase of Russia S-400 defence systems, a senior official in President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party said. Turkey has relied on the good personal ties between Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump to smooth over divisions, but Biden is expected to be tougher on Turkey over foreign and defence policies and Ankara’s human rights record. “The U.S. President will most likely watch the balance in the Middle East very carefully for U.S. interests, and will not want to continue the tense ties with Turkey,” Kurtulmus said. Ankara says the S-400s will not be integrated into NATO and has called for a joint working group to discuss U.S. concerns. Kurtulmus repeated that Turkey would not bow to pressure to return the Russian systems, or leave them unused.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tayyip Erdogan’s, Erdogan, Donald Trump, Biden, Numan Kurtulmus, ” Kurtulmus, , Kurtulmus Organizations: Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, NATO, Reuters, AK, U.S, European Union, Ankara Locations: ANKARA, Turkey, United States, Russia, Ankara, Washington, Syria, Russian
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