Thought for the day

"The Elderly are useless eaters." -- Henry Kissinger, Quoted in the book "The Final Days".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his NATO-member country’s intention to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), suggesting Ankara is seeking alternatives to its problematic ties with the West.

Erdogan, who made the remarks after attending last week’s SCO summit in Uzbekistan, was also quoted as saying by the Turkish media that the SCO’s 2023 meeting in India will be a venue to discuss this prospect further.

Turkey’s plans to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have sparked an angry reaction in Berlin, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz slamming Ankara’s decision to seek membership in the Russia and China-led economic and security bloc.

Turkey's Erdogan plans to visit Israel after November elections MikeRivero Wed, 09/21/2022 - 09:29

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Israel after the country’s 1 November parliamentary elections, a senior Turkish official told Middle East Eye.

Erdogan will meet an Israeli prime minister on Tuesday for the first time since 2008, when he met Ehud Olmert in Ankara.  

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office confirmed over the weekend that he would meet Erdogan in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.  

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin to "cautiously proceed with" discussions on grain and fertilizer supplies via the maritime corridor in the Black Sea.

US, EU Will Force Turkey to Implement Sanctions on Russia MikeRivero Fri, 09/16/2022 - 10:42

Washington and Brussels will pressure Ankara to step up the economic war on Moscow, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Western officials say the Russian economy has been able to weather the Washington-led sanctions blitz partly because the Turkish economy is offering backdoors to Moscow. According to the diplomats, Turkish banks will now be forced to abandon the Russian Mir payment system. 

The opening of the Black Sea corridor for the export of Russian grain allows Turkey to realize some of its interests, but more importantly, it allows Russian grain to reach the most vulnerable countries, which is critical since Ukrainian grain is ending up in the EU instead of the poorest countries.

Greece has received delivery the first pair of upgraded F-16 military jets from the United States as part of a $1.5 billion program to modernize its fighter fleet, with four more expected by year's end. In total the deal is for 83 F-16s to be modernized with advanced radar, weapons and electronics systems by 2027.

Armenia has announced Tuesday that at least 49 of its soldiers have died in overnight fighting as the country tries to stave off an invasion by the Azerbaijan military. Azerbaijan has instead claimed that it came under attack by Armenia, which staged "sabotage" operations on its border. 

Erdogan Reportedly Plans to Offer Putin Talks With Zelensky to Resolve Ukraine Crisis MikeRivero Mon, 09/12/2022 - 13:05

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will again try to encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, to negotiate a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, during the forthcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Turkish media reported.

Turkey says no casualties reported in the incident near the Turkish island of Bozcaada and demands a swift investigation.

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Members of the Turkish Coast Guard give a warning to a Greece Coast Guard ship, which allegedly crossed into Turkish waters [File: Erdem Sahin/EPA]