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Restrictions on Iran lifted
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Restrictions on Iran lifted

By Charles Forrester The UN arms embargo on Iran has expired as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement covering Iran’s nuclear programme that was signed in 2015. The agreement set an expiry for the arms embargo of 18 October 2020, five years after the adoption of the agreement. Other controls, such...

Greece asks EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey
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Greece asks EU countries to halt military exports to Turkey

Greece has asked fellow European Union countries to halt military exports to Turkey, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday, amid a deepening dispute between the two neighbors over maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean. Nikos Dendias also said he has written to EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi to complain that Turkey is violating its customs...

Greek-Turkish crisis: Greek diplomatic counterattack on all fronts
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Greek-Turkish crisis: Greek diplomatic counterattack on all fronts

Greece is taking multifaceted diplomatic initiatives to denounce Turkish actions, given the unprecedented and escalating Turkish behavior. According to information, by order of Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, the ministry is taking the following actions: – A letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denouncing Turkey’s highly destabilizing behavior. – Α letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...

Saudi Arabia undermines Turkey’s exports to Arab countries by leading boycott of Turkish goods
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Saudi Arabia undermines Turkey’s exports to Arab countries by leading boycott of Turkish goods

An unofficial embargo imposed by Riyadh on Turkish goods is undermining Turkey’s exports not only to the kingdom and but also to other Gulf and Arab countries, according to data released by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (Türkiye İhracatçılar Meclisi, or TİM). For more than a year, a number of Saudi and Turkish traders have stressed that Saudi Arabia...

Erdoğan accuses U.S., Russia, France of supplying arms to Armenia
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Erdoğan accuses U.S., Russia, France of supplying arms to Armenia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday accused Russia, the United States and France of supplying weapons to Armenia in its conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdoğan said Minsk Group tripartite had failed to solve the problem of the breakaway region in the southern Caucasus and vowed Turkey would not remain...

Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar becomes Turkish Cypriot “president”
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Ankara-backed Ersin Tatar becomes Turkish Cypriot “president”

Voters in the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognised by Ankara, have elected Turkish-backed Prime Minister Ersin Tatar as their new president in the presidential runoff on Sunday, according to the Higher Election Board of the Turkish Cyprus. According to Higher Election Board, Ersin Tatar won the election with 51.69 percent...

After two decades of war, it’s time to shift our focus on diplomacy
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After two decades of war, it’s time to shift our focus on diplomacy

For two decades we have both decided on and then lived with the vision that with the world’s most powerful military, we could use it to solve political and security problems far faster and far more effectively than our past resorts to negotiation. The idea was seductive beyond attractive. It built on the experience of...

What are the likely scenarios Greece is facing in the East Mediterranean against Turkey?
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What are the likely scenarios Greece is facing in the East Mediterranean against Turkey?

By Paul Antonopoulos With Turkey increasing hostilities and tensions in the East Mediterranean, according to inside sources, Athens has four contingencies to deal with the provocations. On Wednesday it is recalled that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will give Greece the “answer it deserves” over the Eastern Mediterranean dispute, in what many consider to...

US Economic Sanctions are Pushing Iran into a Closer Relationship with Russia and China
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US Economic Sanctions are Pushing Iran into a Closer Relationship with Russia and China

The Trump Administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the unanimous United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the “Iran nuclear deal”—and the enactment of an unprecedented “maximum pressure” sanctions regime on the Islamic Republic, has amounted to a strategic-level strike on the economy of this country of 80 million. These severest...

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