Latest Mevlut Cavusoglu News

Turkey doesn't rule out force to halt drilling off Cyprus

Dec. 11, 2019 7:36 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey could use its military forces to halt any exploratory gas drilling in waters off Cyprus that it claims as its own, Turkey's foreign minister warned Wednesday. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the pro-government A Haber news channel that Turkey “has the right to...

Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases

Dec. 11, 2019 3:56 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S. lawmakers...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador in dispute with Turkey

Dec. 6, 2019 10:26 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece ordered the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador Friday in the latest escalation of a dispute over a controversial deal signed between Libya’s U.N.-supported government and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the...

Judge: Turkish bank can't deny knowledge of criminal charges

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge cited “extraordinary” and “remarkable” meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by a state-owned bank in Turkey to now feign ignorance of criminal charges...

Turkey calls on NATO to support its security concerns

Nov. 28, 2019 7:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has called on NATO to support Ankara’s security concerns, accusing allies of backing Baltic countries' security concerns but dismissing threats to Turkey from Syrian Kurdish fighters. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments Thursday. He confirmed media...

Germany wants ‘swift solution’ for lawyer detained in Turkey

Nov. 22, 2019 4:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says he’ll raise with his Turkish counterpart the issue of a lawyer retained by the Germany embassy in Ankara who was arrested two months ago. Heiko Maas said Friday that Germany wants a “swift solution” and he plans to speak to Turkish...

Russia beefs up patrols in northeastern Syria

Nov. 19, 2019 9:42 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it is beefing up its forces in northeastern Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday the military was fielding additional military police units to carry out joint patrols with Turkey. He didn’t elaborate....

4 Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish-led forces

Nov. 9, 2019 2:10 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Intense clashes broke out Saturday between Syrian government troops and Turkish-led forces in northeast Syria, killing at least four Syrian soldiers, the country's state media and an opposition war monitor reported. Turkey invaded northeast Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish...

Iran, Russia lash out at US plans to protect oil in Syria

Oct. 29, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Iran and Russia on Tuesday criticized and scoffed at Trump administration plans to protect oil deposits in Syria, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accusing Washington of "illegal" actions. Lavrov joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister...

Turkey will attack Kurdish fighters who remain near border

Oct. 28, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that his country's military will attack any Syrian Kurdish fighter that remains along the border area in northeast Syria after a deadline for them to leave expires. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Russian and Syrian officials provided...