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Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a joint statement with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Tentative start to Turkey-Greece talks after year of strife

Jan. 25, 2021 9:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first high-level talks aimed at reducing tensions between Turkey and Greece in five years took place behind closed doors on Monday. The summit of senior officials came after a year that saw the two NATO members come to the verge of conflict in the eastern Mediterranean — a...

Turkey seeks arrest of judges, prosecutors over coup ties

Jan. 22, 2021 3:26 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Friday issued arrest warrants for 44 judges and prosecutors suspected of links to the group Ankara blames for a 2016 coup attempt, state-run media said. The Anadolu news agency, citing a statement from the Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office, reported that...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell give a joint statement prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey launches charm offensive to ease tensions with EU

Jan. 21, 2021 8:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey on Thursday launched a new effort to get its strained relations with the European Union back on track, as the country’s foreign minister visited Brussels looking to talk about migration and plan a series of high-level talks with the 27-nation bloc. Turkey has been a candidate...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right greets Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties as tensions ease

Jan. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union as Turkey and neighboring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute. Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between NATO allies...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally.  (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish leader defiant on Russian system but wants US jets

Jan. 15, 2021 9:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 stealth jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system, a move that also triggered U.S. sanctions. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep...

Turkey urges 'review' of US sanction decision over S-400s

Jan. 14, 2021 3:10 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top Turkish official is calling on the new U.S. administration to engage in a dialogue with Turkey and to review a decision to sanction the country over its purchase of an advanced Russian air defense system. That request comes even though Washington has made clear that there can be...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 file photo, under the watchful eye of Prof. Dr. Iftahar Koksal, left, nurse Arzu Yildirim, center, administers a dose of the CoronaVac vaccine, made by Sinovac, then on phase III clinical trials at Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul. Turkish authorities on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotch Ltd. paving the way for the rollout for Turkey's vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups in the country of 83 million. Turkey has reported some 2.34 million infections and around 23,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

Turkey approves China-based Sinovac vaccine's emergency use

Jan. 13, 2021 12:53 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Wednesday, paving the way for the rollout for Turkey’s vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups. The...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to reporters following a Cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Erdogan said Monday, Turkey hopes to begin vaccinations against the coronavirus later this week, after the Turkish authorities complete their final tests for the regulatory approval China's SinoVac vaccine.(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey says its ready to repair frayed ties with Europe

Jan. 12, 2021 9:09 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday his country is ready to put its frayed relationship with the European Union “back on track" and called on the 27-nation bloc to display the same determination. In an address to EU nations’ ambassadors in Ankara, Erdogan...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Turkey on Monday, Jan. 11 invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu also extended an invitation to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, for a meeting to discuss their troubled relations.(Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials announced Monday, following this summer’s dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The announcement came hours after...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens.  The Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government has threatened to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara does not stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country.  Hifter’s comments come in response to the Turkish parliament’s decision to extend for 18 months a law that allows the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Commander threatens to target Turkish forces in Libya

Dec. 24, 2020 1:55 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn't stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter's comments came...