One of the judges who is trying 35 suspects for the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink in 2007 was detained on December 2 on accusations that he is tied to the Gülenist organization.
Azerbaijan’s parliament on Wednesday made online defamation of the president a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment.
Turkey welcomes Russia’s efforts towards settlement of the Karabakh issue, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks on Dec. 1 with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers in her conservative bloc that she does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, a source told Reuters.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria was aimed at “ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad” has raised eyebrows in Russia, with the Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry awaiting an explanation.
The alliances that it has made with Turkey and Azerbaijan, which include a tri-partite military accord, and energy deal with Baku, as well as a partnership in the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, give Georgia an incongruous stake in regional conflict resolution processes.
A maiden shipment has arrived in Iran from Germany via a multimodal transit route connecting Iran to Europe via the Black Sea, secretary of International Transport Association of Iran, Gholamhossein Amiri, announced.
Turkey has not yet “closed the book” on the EU after the European Parliament recommended freezing accession talks last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara always has other options.
Osman Gülbel, charged in the case on the killing of Armenian-origin Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, has told an Istanbul court that he “did what he was supposed to do” by sending a document containing information that Dink was to be targeted to the necessary offices.
The parliament of Egypt, the first Islamist country to raise the Armenian Genocide issue, is preparing a draft resolution to condemn the tragedy.