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Turkey threatens a new military offensive on the Syrian border

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Turkish President Erdogan threatened on Saturday to resume the military offensive in the border with northern Syria if the Syrian Democratic Forces do not meet the terms of the “security zone” agreed on Tuesday between Turkey and Russia.

“If the terrorists do not withdraw at the end of 150 hours – from 09:00 GMT on October 23 – we will take control and expel them,” Erdogan said in a televised speech, referring to the Kurdish militias of the Popular Protection Units, who lead the SDS.

The Turkish president promised to clean “the border zone of YPG terrorists if Russia does not fulfill its obligations under the Sochi Agreement,” a pact that stipulates that the Russian Military Police and the Syrian border guard enter the Syrian side of the border, outside the zone of Operation Manantial de Paz, to facilitate the withdrawal of the elements of the YPG and their weapons in an area of ​​30 kilometers.

After concluding that the first moment that expires on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. GMT, the deal provides for joint patrols between Moscow and Ankara to begin east and west of the Peace Spring area, with a depth of ten kilometers, except for Qamishli.

Also, Moscow and Ankara agreed to create an agency to verify the application of the memorandum, work “to achieve a political solution” to the conflict in Syria and support the work of the constitutional committee.

However, the SDS commander, Mazlum Kobani, announced Friday that the group “has not accepted” the entire agreement of Turkey and Russia, because after the consultation and they have “reservations” regarding the content.

Erdogan, whose intention is to relocate the approximately 3.6 million refugees from that country in Turkey to a security zone in northern Syria, said he hoped the world would respect Turkish security concerns and support his project.

In this regard, he threatened the European Union, ensuring that “if the projects we have developed for the return of Syrian refugees to their country do not receive support, we will have no choice but to open our borders.”

Turkey maintains control in another region of the northeast, 120 km long, where it has its army deployed after conquering it with an offensive launched on October 9 against the YPG, which they consider a terrorist group.

On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a telephone conversation that took place on Saturday discussed the situation in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“On October 26, at the initiative of the United States, a telephone conversation took place between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; the situation in Syria was discussed,” the statement said.

It is noted that “Russia underlined the need to refrain from adopting measures that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country.”

The entity added that during the telephone conversation some issues of bilateral relations were discussed.

On Tuesday, Russia and Turkey agreed to send units of the Russian military police and Syrian soldiers to the Turkish-Syrian border from October 23 to facilitate the transfer of Kurdish factions about 30 kilometers from the border line.

The withdrawal of Kurdish militias must be completed within 150 hours after noon on October 23.

Edhem Mehmet

A journalist for Vatan Newspaper (founded in 2002 and acquired in 2011) and later Özgür Gündem, Edhem is an accomplished journalist with a deep understanding of Turkey and international politics. Beyond journalism, he is also a web developer, programmer, artist and aspiring novelist. He is the founder of this publication and is responsible for all editorial decisions.

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Turkey calls on Greece to let migrants into the EU

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“Greece! I call on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Greece on Sunday to “open its doors” to the thousands of migrants waiting on Turkish territory to enter the European Union (EU).

“Greece! I’m calling on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden”, said Erdogan in a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Hey Greece, these people will not stay with you, they will stay in another country in Europe, after passing through you. Why do you bother?” he urged.

“Hey Greece, I’m calling you, open your doors too and let them go to other European countries. There are 1.5 million refugees on our doorstep,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Ergodan’s statement comes after Greece accused Turkey of breaking down the border fence to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees.

The Greek government released a video on Sunday showing what appears to be a Turkish military vehicle anchoring a cable to the Greek border fence and then towing it down. The video was recorded on Friday night.

The incident is expected to increase tension between the two countries, after the Turkish authorities announced the opening of the border to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees to Europe.

With tensions escalating in the Syrian province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, Ankara opened its borders to the EU last week for refugees, saying it could no longer contain the flow of migrants from Syria.

The EU rejected the measure, calling it “migratory pressure for political purposes”, and called on Turkey to return to the migration agreement signed in 2016.

This pact provides for the granting of financial assistance to Turkey for the reception of refugees, the return to Turkey of all migrants who entered Greece illegally from Turkish territory and the reception in the EU of Syrian legal migrants from Turkey.

Erdogan announced that he would meet with European Union representatives tomorrow (Monday) to discuss migration, reiterating his call for more aid to deal with the millions of refugees Turkey is hosting from Syria.

The Turkish President will travel tomorrow to Brussels where he will meet from 17.00 GMT with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“We hoped to get much more support from the international community as far as refugees are concerned. Tomorrow I will meet members of the European Union in Belgium. We will discuss these issues,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkey is hosting some 3.6 million refugees from its southern neighbour, Syria, which has been in a civil war since 2011.

More than one million migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Asia, arrived in the European Union in 2015 and 2016 via Turkey and Greece, until an agreement between Brussels and Ankara stopped the flow in March 2016.

Edhem Mehmet

A journalist for Vatan Newspaper (founded in 2002 and acquired in 2011) and later Özgür Gündem, Edhem is an accomplished journalist with a deep understanding of Turkey and international politics. Beyond journalism, he is also a web developer, programmer, artist and aspiring novelist. He is the founder of this publication and is responsible for all editorial decisions.

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Eastern Libyan Parliament breaks off relations with Turkey

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There is currently a duality of powers in Libya: the interim government, which controls the eastern part of the country along with the parliament, and the UN-backed National Accord Government in Tripoli (northwest).

The Parliament of Eastern Libya, as one of the powers controlling the eastern part of the African country, which has two divided governments, approved on Saturday the breaking of relations with Turkey, after Ankara voted on Thursday to send troops to that nation.

In addition, the embassies between the two countries were ordered to be closed and these decisions were taken unanimously by the Libyan MPs.

Meanwhile, the commander of the Libyan National Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who commands one of the powers in the African country, and supported by the Libyan parliament, announced the general mobilization to resist the foreign troops before.

“Today we declare Jihad (holy war) and general mobilization. Weapons will be given to both men and women, to the military and civilians,” the military chief said in a video address.

Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved a plan to send troops in support of the UN-recognised Fayez al-Sarraj National Accord Government (NAG). Al Sarraj called for Turkish military cooperation to deal with the Libyan National Army offensive led by Haftar.

The approved plan gives a period of one year for the deployment of troops. The text does not define when it will be, nor how many troops will be deployed.

Haftar called the HLG a traitor for asking for Turkey’s help. “They signed an agreement of humiliation and disgrace with Turkey without any popular, constitutional or moral support,” he added.

Since the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been in the throes of a crisis generated by clashes between rival factions, the emergence of jihadist groups and mafias engaged in trafficking irregular migrants from Africa to Europe.

Edhem Mehmet

A journalist for Vatan Newspaper (founded in 2002 and acquired in 2011) and later Özgür Gündem, Edhem is an accomplished journalist with a deep understanding of Turkey and international politics. Beyond journalism, he is also a web developer, programmer, artist and aspiring novelist. He is the founder of this publication and is responsible for all editorial decisions.

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Turkey and Algeria strengthen relations during Erdogan’s official visit

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Erdogan has said the situation in neighbouring Libya was the focus of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as part of his official visit to the African country.

“It was a fruitful meeting with Tebboune. We discussed the common steps that could be taken in areas such as economy, trade, investment, the defense industry and tourism, among others, and the cooperation between the two countries,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan pointed out that the situation in neighbouring Libya was the central theme of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

“It is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the spilled blood of our brothers in Libya and the overthrow of the legitimate government. We fully support the Libyan-sponsored political process under the leadership of the UN and the achievement of a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

After the bilateral signature for the creation of a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, the Turkish president said that Ankara will stand by Tripoli to prevent Libya “from becoming a playground for terrorist groups and warlords.

Erdogan’s visit to Algeria will allow the strengthening of bilateral relations from an economic and investment point of view, while several Turkish companies work in Algerian territory, mainly in trade, construction and services.

Edhem Mehmet

A journalist for Vatan Newspaper (founded in 2002 and acquired in 2011) and later Özgür Gündem, Edhem is an accomplished journalist with a deep understanding of Turkey and international politics. Beyond journalism, he is also a web developer, programmer, artist and aspiring novelist. He is the founder of this publication and is responsible for all editorial decisions.

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(+90) 242 2433760
Edhem Mehmet
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