Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

Sweden’s government has formally decided to apply for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, setting it on the road toward ending military non-alignment that lasted throughout the Cold War. Sweden’s governing Social Democrats dropped their 73-year opposition to joining NATO on Sunday and are hoping for a quick accession, following Russia’s February… Read More Sweden set to apply for NATO membership

Turkey to hold talks with Sweden and Finland over NATO membership bid

Foreign ministers from Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold clear the air talks in Berlin on Saturday to resolve disagreements over Finnish and Swedish plans to join NATO, as the alliance meets against the backdrop of the Ukraine war. The Nordic states are gearing up to apply for membership of the 30-strong transatlantic alliance in… Read More Turkey to hold talks with Sweden and Finland over NATO membership bid

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact given that the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Though Turkey has officially supported NATO enlargement since it joined the U.S.-led alliance 70 years ago, its opposition could pose… Read More Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says nation not in support of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid

Turkish court orders release of two Bogazici University students from jail

A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release two students from jail in the first hearing of a broader case over campus protests against the government’s appointment of a rector at Istanbul’s Bogazici University. The protests at the prestigious Bogazici began one year ago after President Tayyip Erdogan appointed as rector Melih Bulu, an academic… Read More Turkish court orders release of two Bogazici University students from jail

U.S. President Joe Biden meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at G20 leaders’ summit

U.S. President Joe Biden told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan his request for F-16 fighter jets had to go through a process in the United States, while Erdogan said his counterpart was “positive” toward the jet sale. Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over a host of issues in recent years, from policy differences… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden meets Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at G20 leaders’ summit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries ‘persona non grata’ for calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala. Kavala has been in prison since late 2017, charged with financing nationwide protests in 2013 and with involvement in a 2016 failed coup.… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan orders for expulsion of ten Western ambassadors over call for release of Osman Kavala

Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 158 suspects including 33 serving soldiers in an operation targeting people allegedly linked to a Muslim preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The investigation, stretching across 41 provinces, was part of a five-year-old crackdown against the network of… Read More Turkey orders arrest of dozens over links to cleric Fethullah Gullen

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reverse Armenian massacres declaration

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged U.S. President Joe Biden to swiftly reverse his declaration that 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, an action he said was upsetting and diminished bilateral ties. Biden’s historic declaration on Saturday infuriated its NATO ally Turkey, which has said the announcement had opened a “deep wound”… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reverse Armenian massacres declaration