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Sweden moves closer to NATO, lifts arms embargo on Turkey

Sep. 30, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Would-be NATO member Sweden on Friday announced it will allow exports of arms to Turkey, which had threatened to block the Scandinavian nation’s application to join the 30-member defense alliance. The decision means that Sweden, which has sought NATO membership...

Turkey vows to defend interests against Greece amid tensions

Sep. 26, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday summoned the Greek ambassador to protest the alleged deployment of dozens of U.S.-made armored vehicles to Greek islands which Ankara says should remain demilitarized in line with international treaties. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned,...

Israel appoints ambassador to Turkey in sign of warming ties

Sep. 19, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday announced the appointment of a new ambassador to Turkey — the latest sign of warming relations between the two countries following more than a decade-long rift. Irit Lillian, a senior diplomat who has been in charge of the Israeli Embassy in...

Turkey says Greek coast guard fires on cargo ship in Aegean

Sep. 11, 2022 05:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Greek coast guard ships opened fire on a cargo vessel sailing in international waters in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish coast guard said, escalating tensions between the regional rivals that have mounted in recent weeks. There were no casualties in the shooting 11...

Turkey says no need for concern over US sanctions warning

Aug. 26, 2022 07:39 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s finance minister said Friday there was no reason for Turkish businesses to be concerned by a warning about possible U.S. sanctions on companies dealing with already sanctioned Russian businesses. The Turkish Industry and Business Association...

Turkey says Greece harassed its jets during NATO mission

Aug. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned the Greek military attache and filed a complaint with NATO after Greek fighter jets allegedly harassed Turkish fighter jets that were conducting an “important mission” for the military alliance, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday. ...

Greece to expand fence, surveillance at border with Turkey

Aug. 23, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will gradually extend a fence along its land border with Turkey and increase surveillance measures following an increase in illegal immigration from its eastern neighbor, the Greek government said Tuesday. The decision was taken during a meeting,...

Turkey's Erdogan vows continued support for Palestinians

Aug. 23, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s reconciliation efforts with Israel will in no way diminish Ankara’s support for the cause of the Palestinians, the Turkish leader said Tuesday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the comments during a visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas....

Turkey lowers interest rate even as inflation soars to 80%

Aug. 18, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank on Thursday lowered its key interest rate despite inflation surging to nearly 80% and making it difficult for people to buy what they need, falling in line with the unorthodox economic views of the country's president. In a statement...

Israel, Turkey to exchange ambassadors in diplomatic reset

Aug. 17, 2022 14:23 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Turkey will restore full diplomatic relations and dispatch ambassadors for the first time in years, the latest step in months of reconciliation between the two countries, the Israeli prime minister's office said Wednesday. The two countries, once...