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Erdogan to ‘Soon’ Unveil Review of Turkey Executive Presidency

Erdogan to ‘Soon’ Unveil Review of Turkey Executive Presidency(Bloomberg) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will “soon” announce the results of a review of Turkey’s new political system, which he dominates, according to a top official.Erdogan ordered a study of the executive presidency at the height of opposition criticism that the set-up was inefficient and put too much power in a single office.Vice President Fuat Oktay said in an interview on Friday that the review found some “issues” in how Turkey implemented its switch from a parliamentary system.Turkey watchers will be on the look-out for any signs of a cabinet reshuffle to accompany what’s likely to be limited revisions to the political framework.Oktay didn’t elaborate on when Erdogan would announce the findings.“We did a thorough study of what works and what doesn’t,” Oktay said on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy. Most problems identified are due to issues with implementation, he said.\–With assistance from Francine Lacqua.To contact the reporters on this story: Onur Ant in Istanbul at oant@bloomberg.net;Cagan Koc in Istanbul at ckoc2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weapons

Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weaponsTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons, but did not say whether Turkey had plans to obtain them. “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. “There is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Erdogan said.



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UPDATE 1-Russia, Turkey discuss supply of Russian warplanes – RIA

UPDATE 1-Russia, Turkey discuss supply of Russian warplanes - RIARussia and Turkey are discussing the possibility of deliveries of the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jet and Su-35 aircraft to Turkey, the RIA news agency cited a Russian official as saying on Wednesday. Russia began delivering S-400 missile systems to Turkey this year, in a step that strained ties with Ankara’s NATO allies and prompted Washington to begin removing Turkey from its programme for manufacturing F-35 jets, which Turkey also planned to buy. The head of Russia’s Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said he planned to discuss the S-400 missile defence system with a Turkish colleague later on Wednesday as well as “possibly deliveries of the Su-35 or Su-57″.



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Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to TurkeyAn Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the U.S. amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal.



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The Latest: Turkey says its army convoy targeted in Syria

The Latest: Turkey says its army convoy targeted in SyriaTurkey says airstrikes have targeted a Turkish military convoy in Syria, killing at least three civilians. The Defense Ministry says 12 other civilians were wounded in Monday’s strikes, which took place as the Turkish convoy was heading toward a Turkish observation post in the Syrian rebel-held stronghold of Idlib. Turkey has 12 observation posts in and on the edge of Idlib as part of an agreement reached with Russia.



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Chinese Uighur refugee fears deportation from Turkey

Chinese Uighur refugee fears deportation from TurkeyA Chinese Muslim refugee has told AFP he is terrified he may be sent back to China after being detained in a deportation centre near Istanbul for more than two months. The Uighur community in northwest China has faced an intense crackdown in recent years, with an estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities held in internment camps that Beijing calls “vocational education centres”. Turkey has been the only Muslim-majority nation to criticise China’s policies and offered refuge to tens of thousands of Uighur refugees.



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Turkey Stockpiled F-16 Parts Ahead of Getting the Russian S-400 Anti-Air System

Turkey Stockpiled F-16 Parts Ahead of Getting the Russian S-400 Anti-Air SystemNATO member Turkey is determined to acquire ballistic missile technology, and aims to co-produce the next generation of the S-400, the officials added, citing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said his country will take delivery of the S-400 within days.A Bloomberg report says Turkey has been stockpiling parts for F-16s and other military equipment in anticipation of a U.S. sanction for acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system.Two anonymous officials from Turkey who spoke to the news outlet refused to clarify on what types of spares were accumulated, how much was acquired and how long they can last.Relations between the two countries deteriorated over the course of the Syrian civil war, when the U.S. armed a Kurdish militia that Turkey views as a terrorist group, and in the aftermath of a 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan that his government blames on a Turkish imam residing in the U.S.(This first appeared earlier in July 2019.)NATO member Turkey is determined to acquire ballistic missile technology, and aims to co-produce the next generation of the S-400, the officials added, citing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said his country will take delivery of the S-400 within days.“The first batch of S-400s will be delivered in a week or 10 days,” Haberturk newspaper cited him as saying in a report Monday. “I’ve clearly told this to Trump, Mr. Putin also said it.”



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Turkey determined to destroy 'terror corridor' in Syria

Turkey determined to destroy 'terror corridor' in SyriaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday his country is determined to destroy what he called a “terror corridor” in northern Syria — regardless of whether or not Turkey and the United States agree on the establishment of a so-called “safe zone” there. U.S. and Turkish officials have been holding talks on creating a safe zone east of the Euphrates River to address Turkey’s security concerns stemming from the presence of Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region. Turkey views the Kurdish fighters — who have battled the Islamic State group alongside U.S. forces — as terrorists, allied with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.



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Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusionThe U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the “spirit of alliance,” the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of the F-35 program because it is buying the Russian S-400 air defense system. In a statement, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry rejected that assertion.



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UPDATE 1-U.S. removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchase

UPDATE 1-U.S. removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchaseThe United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move that had been long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week. The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara on Friday, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent. “The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.



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