Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits

Turkey needs Russian cash, gas and business as Erdogan looks to a dicey election and a new incursion in Syria, while Moscow needs friends to try to evade Western sanctions.

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U.S. and Russia Ready to Negotiate Griner’s Release

The countries’ top envoys made separate announcements after a meeting where they sat close together — without talking.

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Erdogan Remains a Headache for Biden, Even After Ukraine Deal Help

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey assisted in brokering an agreement to unblock Ukrainian grain but has alarmed U.S. officials on other fronts.

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Putin Finds a New Ally in Iran, a Fellow Outcast

A three-way summit meeting in Tehran between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey sent a clear signal that Vladimir Putin is pushing back against ostracism from the West.

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Putin, Looking for Allies, Plans to Meet Leaders of Turkey and Iran

In his second diplomatic push since Russia invaded Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin will travel to Tehran to build bridges between leaders at odds over Syria, oil and the West.

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After Israel’s Spies Hit Iran Hard, an Intelligence Official Loses His Job

After a series of damaging failures, a senior Iranian intelligence official lost his job and a Revolutionary Guards general was said to have been arrested.

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In Blow to Putin, Turkey Won’t Bar Sweden and Finland From NATO

The change was a victory for President Biden and a setback to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had justified the Ukraine invasion as a warning against NATO’s expansion.

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Frustrated Finland, Blocked from NATO by Turkey, Practices Patience

Finnish and Swedish hopes of being accepted as applicants by next week’s NATO summit meeting have been dashed by a Turkish government that says it is in no hurry.

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A Domestic Political Fight in Sweden Gets Embroiled in Geopolitics

A move by right-wing lawmakers to remove Sweden’s justice minister has been dragged into a battle over the country’s efforts to join NATO.

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‘We Have Not Forgotten Syria’: U.S. Envoy Vows to Protect Refugees

After 11 years of war, Syria has become a cautionary example of what can happen in a conflict with no end in sight, like the one that began 100 days ago in Ukraine.

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Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s block on NATO membership for Sweden and Finland is likely to be managed, but Washington and the rest of the alliance are annoyed.

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Turkey Shows What NATO Really Is

This should be a moment of clarity.

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Russia Hustles to Recruit Soldiers and Halts Gas Supplies to Finland

The war has evolved into something of a stalemate that has seriously depleted Russia’s conventional war capabilities, even as it has made some gains.

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Biden Seeks Swift Effort to Bring Finland and Sweden Into NATO

Speedy approval seems likely among most members of the alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey’s objections remain a sticking point.

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Russia Uses Surrender in Mariupol to Portray Ukrainians as Terrorists

Many soldiers who surrendered from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right roots, and the Kremlin may now put them on trial just as Ukraine is prosecuting Russians for war crimes.

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

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Turkey Offers to Evacuate Mariupol Fighters Despite Disagreements

Turkey has had a ship waiting for weeks in Istanbul to evacuate those remaining in the Azovstal steel plant, but Ukraine and Russia have not agreed to a plan, a Turkish official said.

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West Increases Pressure on Putin, Including Sanctions on Reputed Girlfriend

The Russian leader was challenged by the prospect of an enlarged NATO, plans to get Ukrainian grain exports past a Kremlin blockade, and sanctions on his purported mistress.

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Turkey’s Plan to Draw Refugees Back to Syria: Homes for 1 Million

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will build homes, schools, hospitals and more in northern Syria, but experts question whether refugees will return willingly.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #turkey

Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks Enter a New Phase in Istanbul

“All the world is expecting good news from you,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in greeting the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.

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Enes Kanter Freedom and the Consequences of Speaking Out

Enes Kanter Freedom has condemned human rights abuses in Turkey for years. Now he claims the N.B.A. is blackballing him as he focuses on abuses in China.

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‘Things Will Only Get Worse.’ Putin’s War Sends Russians Into Exile.

Thousands of Russians saw their comfortable, middle-class lives fade overnight with the invasion ordered by President Vladimir V. Putin.

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Israel’s President Visits Turkey in Sign of Thawing Relations

In their highest-level meeting in 14 years, Israel and Turkey sought to rekindle an alliance after years of turbulence.

#erdogan-recep-tayyip, #herzog-isaac, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Subtle Shifts Raise Hopes for a Cease-fire in Ukraine

Both Russia and Ukraine appear to have softened their stance, with the Kremlin signaling a retreat on regime change and Kyiv expressing flexibility on NATO membership. But the two sides remain far apart.

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Soaring Energy Bills Deepen Crisis for Turks, and Erdogan

Hit by spiraling inflation, electricity bills have doubled for households and businesses in only a month.

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Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation

Doctors, worn down by grueling hours and violence, are emigrating in rising numbers, undermining one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signature achievements.

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Turkey Blames Greece After 12 Migrants Freeze to Death

A Turkish minister accused Greek border guards of taking the group’s clothes and shoes and then forcing them back across the border, a claim that Greece denied.

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In Turkey, an Exhibit Meant to Highlight Kurdish Suffering Provoked a Furor

A recent art show in a major Kurdish city in Turkey aimed to uplift a region crushed by years of conflict. It ended up serving as a reminder of how toxic the subject of Kurds remains in Turkey.

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Cashing In Grandma’s Gold Coins, a Turkish Family Struggles to Get By

As inflation soars and the value of Turkey’s currency plummets, one couple described how working families can’t make ends meet and have had to cut back on basic necessities as well as life’s smaller pleasures.

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Foreign Drones Tip the Balance in Ethiopia’s Civil War

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pulled off a stunning reversal in the year-old conflict with the help of armed drones supplied by the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Iran.

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A Record Number of Journalists Jailed

Authoritarian leaders are waging a war against the free press.

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Turkish Currency Hits a New Low, Again

The Central Bank has cut interest rates, even as inflation continues to soar, deepening President Erdogan’s disputed economic plan and setting off a new plunge in the lira.

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Many Turks Can’t Afford Bread, and Bakers Can’t Afford to Make It

Squeezed by rising costs, price controls and plunging sales, bakers warn of ruin, while their impoverished former customers line up for government-supplied loaves.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #imamoglu-ekrem, #istanbul-turkey, #turkey

How Inflation Affects Turkey’s Struggling Economy

Even before the pandemic, Turkey was trying to ward off financial meltdown. The crisis has accelerated as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his unorthodox policies.

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Inflationary Wave Changes Political Terrain for Right-Wing Populists

The leaders of Turkey, Hungary and Brazil are all grappling with problems posed by the global rise in prices ahead of national elections.

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Turkey’s President Follows His Own Advice Even as Economy Slips

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly isolated as he clings to an economic prescription that few endorse but that he believes will bear results before elections.

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‘Our Money Has No Value’: Frustration Rises in Turkey at Lira Crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on directing monetary policy and sticking with low interest rates is draining confidence, economists say.

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As Turkey Chafes at Erdogan, He Gets Spikier Abroad

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan canceled an appearance at the global climate talks over a perceived slight, part of a pattern of creating international dramas to bolster his domestic standing.

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‘America Is Back,’ Biden Declared in June. The World Is About to Test Him.

Arriving in Europe with an unfinished economic and environmental spending plan, the president will confront new challenges, some self-inflicted, at two major summits.

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Turkish President Steps Back From Expulsions of 10 Western Diplomats

The threatened expulsions had risked severe economic consequences and a rupture in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #kavala-osman, #politics-and-government, #turkey

Erdogan Threatens to Expel 10 Western Ambassadors

The move follows a statement from the envoys demanding the release of a prominent philanthropist jailed since 2017.

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Turkish Opposition Begins Joining Ranks Against Erdogan

With an eye on elections, six parties are working on a plan to end a powerful presidency and return to a parliamentary system.

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Turkey Sours on Syrians, but Not in This Sleepy Town, Jolted Awake

As calls increase in Turkey for Syrian refugees to go home, Kilis, a border town transformed by the newcomers’ energy, has embraced the change.

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Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

Meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said “there is no path back” from Turkish-Russian military deals opposed by the West.

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Afghan Refugees Find a Firm and Unfriendly Border in Turkey

Even before the last week’s harrowing scenes at the Kabul airport, thousands of Afghans were fleeing over land through Iran to Turkey. But they are being pushed back.

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‘My Blood Is Boiling’: War Fever Surges in Ethiopia as Its Civil War Spreads

A government drive to enlist civilians in the war effort threatens to widen the conflict, forcing ethnic groups to take sides and potentially spilling into the broader region.

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As the U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan, Kabul’s Airport Is a Final Stand

With the main allied military air base about to close, negotiations are underway with Turkey about continuing to secure the civilian airport as the Taliban advance across the country.

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As Biden Meeting Nears, Erdogan Softens His Stance

With Trump gone and Turkey’s economy in crisis, the country’s strongman president is now trying to placate Western leaders rather than antagonize them. But how far can he be pushed?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

After Erdogan Angers a Loyal Province, His Opponents See an Opportunity

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey set off protests in his home province, the heart of his political base, with plans to build a quarry that would destroy a pristine woodland.

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