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Turkey Letter: 10 September 2018

Foreign Policy:

  • Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border, Braces for Refugees
  • Erdogan Says Turkey Won’t Watch Idlib Killings on Sidelines
  • Turkey Begins Constructing S-400 Missile Platform
  • Change of Turkish Prosecutor in U.S. Pastor Case May Be Positive Signal: Lawyer
  • Kurdish Militants Must Leave Syria, Turkey Tells U.S. Envoy
  • S. to Expand Military Presence in Greece as Tensions Rise with Russia and Turkey
  • Pompeo, Cavusoglu Discuss Idlib in Call
  • Turkey, Greece Pledge Cooperation Despite Disputes

Economy & Energy:

  • Turkey Calls for Global Resistance Against U.S. Economic Attacks
  • Turkey’s Steel Exports Rise in First Eight Months of Year: Association
  • Turkey Requires Exporters to Convert Revenue to Lira
  • Emerging Market Stocks Fell Amid Fears Over Argentina, Turkey

Domestic Politics:

  • Turkey Seeks to Detain 102 Over Suspected Links to Cleric
  • Six Suspects Get Aggravated Life Terms Over 2016 Ankara Bombing
  • Ex-Kurdish Party Leader Sentenced on Terror Charge

Foreign Policy: 

Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border, Braces For Refugees
Turkey massed tanks and commandos at its frontier and accelerated work to cope with a possible surge of refugees after Russia refused to call off an offensive against the last rebel bastion in Syria.
Bloomberg, Turkey Masses Troops on Syrian Border, Braces For Refugees, September 10, 2018


Erdogan Says Turkey Won’t Watch Idlib Killings on Sidelines
Turkey won’t watch the killings of tens of thousands of innocent people from the sidelines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected his call for a cease-fire in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold.
Bloomberg, Erdogan says Turkey won’t watch Idlib killings on sidelines, September 8, 2018


Turkey Begins Constructing S-400 Missile Platform
Turkey is in the process of constructing a site for a Russian missile system despite warnings from the United States to not buy the platform, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of an intelligence report covering the subject.
CNBC, Turkey begins constructing S-400 missile platform, September 6, 2018


Change of Turkish Prosecutor in U.S. Pastor Case May Be Positive Signal: Lawyer
The replacement of the main prosecutor in the trial of an American pastor in Turkey may be a positive change, the lawyer for the clergyman told Reuters on Thursday, though he said it would be wrong to expect it to herald his release.
Reuters, Change of Turkish prosecutor in U.S. pastor case may be positive signal: lawyer, September 6, 2018


Kurdish Militants Must Leave Syria, Turkey Tells U.S. Envoy
Turkey told the United States on Tuesday that Kurdish militants must completely abandon Syria, as violence in the rebel-held northern Syrian enclave of Idlib escalated. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar made the call during talks with visiting U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey, the defense ministry said in a statement.
Reuters, Kurdish militants must leave Syria, Turkey tells U.S. envoy, September 4, 2018


U.S. to Expand Military Presence in Greece as Tensions Rise with Russia and Turkey
The U.S. military is planning to expand its presence in Greece as Washington’s relationship with Turkey deteriorates. The U.S. hopes to use collaboration with Athens to increase its military access to key parts of the Middle East, officials said.
Newsweek, U.S. to Expand Military Presence in Greece as Tensions Rise with Russia and Turkey, September 4, 2018


Pompeo, Çavuşoğlu Discuss Idlib in Call
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke on Tuesday about the Syrian conflict and the detention in Turkey of American pastor Andrew Brunson, the State Department said in a statement.
Reuters, Pompeo, Çavuşoğlu discuss Idlib in call, September 4, 2018


Turkey, Greece Pledge Cooperation Despite Disputes
Turkey and Greece have pledged to develop bilateral ties through dialogue and cooperation despite disputes that need to be resolved, the foreign ministries of the two countries have said.
Hurriyet, Turkey, Greece pledge cooperation despite disputes, September 4, 2018


Economy & Energy: 

Turkey Calls for Global Resistance Against U.S. Economic Attacks
Turkey’s finance chief said the imposition of sanctions by the U.S. on the Middle East’s largest economy was politically motivated, and called on other nations to form a united front against such actions.
Bloomberg, Turkey calls for global resistance against U.S. economic attacks, September 8, 2018


Turkey’s Steel Exports Rise in First Eight Months of Year: Association
Turkey’s steel exports rose 5.8 percent in the first eight months of the year when compared to the same period last year, reaching 12.7 million tons, a trade association said on Sept. 6.
Hurriyet, Turkey’s steel exports rise in first eight months of year: Association, September 7, 2018


Turkey Requires Exporters to Convert Revenue to Lira
Turkey has required exporters to convert the bulk of their overseas revenue into lira, a surprise move designed to support the tumbling currency, but one that industry officials say could lead to losses for manufacturers.
Reuters, Turkey requires exporters to convert revenue to lira, September 7, 2018


Emerging Market Stocks Fell Amid Fears Over Argentina, Turkey
Emerging-market stocks fell Wednesday as global investors fretted over the dire state of the Argentine and Turkish economies.
CNBC, Emerging market stocks fell amid fears over Argentina, Turkey, September 5, 2018


Domestic Politics:

Turkey Seeks to Detain 102 Over Suspected Links to Cleric
Turkey’s state news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 102 people, including military officers, over their suspected links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Wall Street Journal, Turkey seeks to detain 102 over suspected links to cleric, September 10, 2018


Six Suspects Get Aggravated Life Terms Over 2016 Ankara Bombing
A Turkish court on Sept. 10 sentenced six defendants to 30 counts of aggravated life imprisonment for the 2016 Ankara bombing, which claimed 29 lives.
Hurriyet, Six suspects get aggravated life terms over 2016 Ankara bombing, September 10, 2018


Ex-Kurdish Party Leader Sentenced on Terror Charge
A court in Istanbul has convicted a former co-chairman of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party of “engaging in terror propaganda.” The court sentenced Selahattin Demirtas to more than four years in prison after finding him guilty on Friday.
Wall Street Journal, Ex-Kurdish party leader sentenced on terror charge, September 7, 2018