Ankara will increase its hydrocarbon exploration efforts in the eastern Mediterranean in response to the EU’s decision to sanction Turkey, the country’s foreign affairs minister said Tuesday.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signaled reluctance to punish Turkey over its acquisition of a Russian air defense system, saying it was “not fair” that the United States would now be prohibited from selling Ankara billions of dollars worth of F-35 stealth fighter jets.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the situation with Turkey is very complex and tough, and that he is talking to officials in Ankara.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council announced its decision to suspend negotiations with Turkey on a range of issues over Ankara’s offshore oil and gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
European Union decisions to curb contacts and funding for Turkey over its drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus will not affect its determination to continue energy activities in the region, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates who attacked a Turkish-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, the vessel’s owner said on Tuesday.
- Ten Turkish sailors seized by pirates off Nigerian coast - shipping company (Reuters: Jul 16, 2019 at 12:27 PM)
U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the next secretary of defense re-stated that Turkey cannot have the F-35 advanced stealth fighter jet and Russia’s S-400 air defense system.
…the suspension of talks on an air transport agreement, a call for the European Investment Bank to review its lending to Turkey, and a commitment not to hold further high-level dialogue between the EU and…
The European Council on Monday decided to suspend EU-Turkey high-level talks and negotiations on an aviation accord over Turkey’s drilling activities off Cyprus.