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Turkey Letter: 28 September 2015

Foreign Policy

  • Turkey’s Davutoğlu sees no transition period for Syria’s Assad: media
  • Erdoğan visits Moscow amid high Syria tensions
  • US is wrong, PYD is terrorist, says Turkish President Erdoğan
  • Assad may take part in Syria transition, Erdoğan says
  • Turkey Proposes Syria ‘Safe Zone’ in Return for Cooperation With EU on Refugee Crisis

Economy and Energy

  • Turkish Bonds Drop to Lowest Since 2009 as Risk Demand Wanes
  • Russia-Turkey gas link plans intact despite ‘difficulties’: Kremlin
  • Oil Exports from northern Iraq to Turkey restart- Kurdish ministry

 Domestic Politics

  • 2 ministers quit Turkish government amid heightened tension
  • ‘Cizre decision’ sparks political debate on poll security
  • Two Turkish soldiers, 34 militants killed: security sources
  • Aydın Doğan addresses President Erdoğan in letter

 

Foreign Policy

Turkey’s Davutoğlu sees no transition period for Syria’s Assad: media

Turkey remains opposed to any political transition in Syria involving President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday in an apparent clarification of its policy.

Reuters, Turkey’s Davutoğlu sees no transition period for Syria’s Assad: media, September 28, 2015


Erdoğan visits Moscow amid high Syria tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a time when Moscow is boosting its support for the Syrian government, much to the chagrin of Ankara.

Hurriyet Daily News, Erdoğan visits Moscow amid high Syria tensions, September 23, 2015


US is wrong, PYD is terrorist, says Turkish President Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reacted to a recent statement by a U.S. official who said Washington does not consider the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD), a terrorist organization.

Hurriyet Daily News, US is wrong, PYD is terrorist, says Turkish President Erdoğan, September 24, 2015


Assad may take part in Syria transition, Erdoğan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Bashar al-Assad could take part in the transition process to find a solution in Syria, although he should have no place in his country’s future.

Hurriyet Daily News, Assad may take part in Syria transition, Erdoğan says, September 24, 2015


Turkey Proposes Syria ‘Safe Zone’ in Return for Cooperation With EU on Refugee Crisis

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu wrote to EU leaders this week proposing ideas on how to deal with the refugee crisis, including support for a “safe zone” in northern Syria in return for Ankara’s cooperation on the issue, according to EU officials.

Newsweek, Turkey Proposes Syria ‘Safe Zone’ in Return for Cooperation With EU on Refugee Crisis, September 25, 2015


Economy and Energy

Turkish Bonds Drop to Lowest Since 2009 as Risk Demand Wanes

Turkish bonds headed for the lowest close in six years and the lira declined for a sixth day as a slump in Chinese industrial profit fueled investor concerns over global growth, curbing demand for riskier emerging-market assets. Stocks also fell.

Bloomberg, Turkish Bonds Drop to Lowest Since 2009 as Risk Demand Wanes, September 28, 2015


Russia-Turkey gas link plans intact despite ‘difficulties’: Kremlin

Plans for a new gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey remain intact despite “difficulties”, the Kremlin said on Sept.23, days after Ankara said talks on the deal were frozen.

Hurriyet Daily News, Russia-Turkey gas link plans intact despite ‘difficulties’: Kremlin, September 24, 2015


Oil Exports from northern Iraq to Turkey restart- Kurdish ministry

Oil exports from northern Iraq have restarted after “thieves” sabotaged the main pipeline to Turkey, the Kurdistan region’s ministry of natural resources said in a statement on Saturday.

Reuters, Oil Exports from northern Iraq to Turkey restart- Kurdish ministry, September 26, 2015


Domestic Politics

2 ministers quit Turkish government amid heightened tension

Two ministers from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party resigned on Tuesday from the interim government, accusing top officials of making it impossible for them to do their jobs amid a flare-up of violence between Kurdish rebels and the military.

Washington Post, 2 ministers quit Turkish government amid heightened tension, September 22, 2015


‘Cizre decision’ sparks political debate on poll security

A local election authority’s decision to move ballot boxes from some neighborhoods of the district of Cizre following violence earlier this month has sparked a political debate on poll security as Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) said it would examine related requests next week.

Hurriyet Daily News, ‘Cizre decision’ sparks political debate on poll security, September 23, 2015


Two Turkish soldiers, 34 militants killed: security sources

Two Turkish soldiers and 34 Kurdish insurgents have been killed in a militant attack and Turkish military operations backed by air strikes, Turkish security sources said on Friday.

Reuters, Two Turkish soldiers, 34 militants killed: security sources, September 25, 2015


Aydın Doğan addresses President Erdoğan in letter

Aydın Doğan, the founder and honorary chairman of Doğan Holding, has stated in an open letter addressing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that he never claimed the media can replace governments.

Hurriyet Daily News, Aydın Doğan addresses President Erdoğan in letter, September 26, 2015