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Turkey slams EU for Libya maritime pact remarks

15 Dec 2019; MEMO: Turkey criticised a European Council decision rejecting last month’s Turkish-Libyan maritime pact, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The European Union has no authority to decide maritime jurisdiction and the EU is not an international court, they cannot give a verdict on the legality of the Libyan agreement,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military cooperation deal

15 Dec 2019; MEMO: A recent agreement between Turkey and Libya on military cooperation came to the Turkish parliament to be ratified on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Seeking to “provide a ground for relations and develop cooperation” between Turkey and Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), the agreement  includes increased cooperation in the exchange of personnel, materials, equipment, consultancy and experience between the two sides.

Turkey Urges More EU Funding For Syrian Refugees

ISTANBUL, Dec 15 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkey called on the European Union, to increase funding for Syrian refugees being sheltered on Turkish land.

“As long as the migration crisis is there, we have to continue to cooperate, and we have to work together,” said Faruk Kaymakci, deputy minister of foreign affairs and director for EU affairs.

Turkey urges more EU funding for Syrian refugees

ISTANBUL, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Saturday called on the European Union to increase the funding for Syrian refugees being sheltered on Turkish land.

"As long as the migration crisis is there, we have to continue to cooperate, and we have to work together," said Faruk Kaymakci, deputy minister of foreign affairs and director for EU affairs.

Former Turkish PM forms new party

ANKARA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's former Prime Minister and Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu announced the establishment of his Future Party on Friday.

"The future is our nation's, the future is Turkey. Despite all the pressures and the climate of fear, we came together to draw a prosperous future for our country," he said at a ceremony marking the launch of the new party.

Served as foreign minister and then Prime Minister until 2016, he was once a close adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey urges US to resist ‘anti-Turkey lobbying’ groups

14 Dec 2019; MEMO: A top Turkish official on Friday urged “reasonable statesmen” to push back lobbying groups in Washington which damage Turkish-US ties for the sake of “narrow domestic political interests”, reports Anadolu Agency.

“US foreign policy must find a way to escape sacrificing US national interests for narrow domestic political interests,” Fahrettin Altun, Turkish communications director, said on Twitter.

Turkey, Russia 'very close' to deal for 2nd S-400 system: defense industry head

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is very close to striking a deal to buy a second S-400 system from Russia, and the deal could be signed before April when the first batch of missile defenses will be ready to use, Ankara’s defense industry said on Friday.

Turkey’s talks with Russia over technology transfer and joint production on the second batch of S-400 defenses has continued, the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Directorate, Ismail Demir, told a small group of journalists.

Turkey says U.S. sanctions will not affect Ankara's use of Russian S-400s

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey will not impact Ankara’s use of the Russian S-400 missile defense system even if it passes Congress, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday.

A U.S. Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday to sanction Turkey after its offensive in northern Syria and its purchase of S-400s, the latest move by lawmakers to push U.S. President Donald Trump to take a harder line against Ankara.

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