Posts tagged as Turkey

We are ‘not the EU’s refugee camp,’ says Turkey

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Turkey on Monday criticized Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s remarks that Turkey is a “more suitable place” for Afghan refugees. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that they read his statement with “astonishment.” “First of all, Turkey is not a country neighboring Afghanistan, as Chancellor Kurz stated,” the statement said. “Instead of emphasizing joint efforts and cooperation to solve the problem of irregular migration, which affects the whole…

Lithuania needs Turkey’s help (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Monday, July 19, 2021

Lithuania has seen an influx of migration from the Middle East and Africa via Belarus, which officials say is being facilitated by Minsk. The Lithuanian government has declared a state-level emergency situation due to the spike of irregular migration. As a result, Lithuania makes efforts to find a solution to this problem in the East. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has left for Turkey for talks on curbing irregular migration…

Turkish FM holds meeting with Canadian, Lithuanian counterparts

Monday, June 28, 2021

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discussed bilateral ties with his Canadian and Lithuanian counterparts in Rome on Sunday. “Met with the Foreign Ministers of Canada and Lithuania, Marc Garneau and Gabrielius Landsbergis in Rome, where we came to attend the Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat DAESH and the Ministerial with limited participation on Syria,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter. He will be in Italy for a meeting of the…

The Presidents of Lithuania and Turkey discussed the state of affairs in NATO‘s Eastern Flank

Monday, June 14, 2021

On the eve of the NATO Summit in Brussels, President Gitanas Nausėda met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey. At the meeting, security and defense issues in the Baltic Sea and in the Black Sea were discussed. The President of Lithuania pointed out to the President of Turkey the changing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Flank of the Alliance, the unpredictability of the Russian and Belarusian regimes, and additional…

Latvian defence minister visits Turkish drone factory

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks paid a visit to a production centre for Turkey’s armed drones near Ankara, Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar said in a Twitter post on Monday. Pabriks visited the centre, which is owned by Baykar, and met with company representatives that included its chief executive Haluk Bayraktar. After his visit, Pabriks praised the work of the Turkish defence industry and their contribution to NATO. “Turkish industry,…

Turkey to expel US troops from Incirlik air base

Monday, April 26, 2021

The first time a Turkish politician has raised the presence of US troops at Turkey’s Incirlik air base is a fact. Dogu Perincek, chairman of Turkey’s Rodina party, says Ankara must impose immediate control of the ground and return US troops to the United States. Perincheka expressed this opinion to reporters of the Russian news agency TASS on April 24 this year. “The Turkish armed forces must immediately establish full…

Turkey, Lithuania to hold political consultations

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Turkey and Lithuania will hold political consultations virtually on Thursday under the chairmanship of the countries’ high-level officials, according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The consultations between the countries will be held virtually under the chairmanship of Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, Turkey’s deputy foreign minister and director for EU affairs, and Arnoldas Pranckevicius, the state secretary of Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry, said the statement. It said that “all aspects”…

Lithuanian president leaves for Brussels

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to attend a two-day session of the European Council. The situation in Belarus and the EU’s relations with Turkey will be in focus. On the eve of the visit, Nausėda said the European Union should not lag behind in imposing sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko. “European countries, as well as other countries around the globe, impose sanctions…

Turkey still blocking defence plan for Poland and Baltics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Turkey continues to block a NATO defence plan for Poland and Baltic states despite a deal last year between Turkey’s president and allied leaders, three allied diplomats and a French defence official said on Wednesday. Diplomats said while Ankara has approved the plan, known as Eagle Defender, it has not allowed NATO military chiefs to put it into action. The dispute, first reported by Reuters in November, is a sign…

Twenty lung ventilators flown to Lithuania after Turkey lifts export ban

Friday, May 8, 2020

Twenty lung ventilators were flown from Turkey to Lithuania on Friday after Ankara lifted export restrictions on medical supplies. The shipment for Lithuania was blocked in March, which led to diplomatic efforts by Vilnius officials. The shipment was finally given the go-ahead after Ankara lifted the export restrictions on May 2. “We understand Turkey’s position in the wake of the coronavirus, as many countries in the world, including Lithuania, have…