Published On: Tue, Jul 25th, 2017

News Scan for Turkey, July 25th 2017

Russia, Turkey Sign Documents on S-400 Supplies – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Russia and Turkey have signed documents of S-400 air defense supplies.

No harm in buying Russian missile defense system, Turkish President Erdoğan says

There is no harm in Turkey’s missile defense system purchase from Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in response to U.S. top general’s concerns over the issue, adding that the two countries have already signed a deal for the delivery of the S-400 missiles.

“Why will it cause tension? A country should be in search for the ideal ways for its own security,” he said, addressing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers in parliament on July 25.

Greece is a NATO member and has been using Russian-made S-300 systems for years, the president said. “We have now taken steps with Russia about this issue. Deals have been inked. In God’s will, we will see S-400 missiles in our country and precede the process with joint production,” he said.

Germany will be the one to pay the price if it imposes an embargo on Turkey: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has strongly slammed Germany’s threats to impose economic sanctions on Turkey amid ongoing tension in ties, saying Germany will be the one to pay the price in the event that it imposes an embargo.

“You have to take into account a bigger price [that you have to pay] if you think you can frighten Turkey with your threats of embargo,” Erdoğan told ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers at a weekly meeting in parliament on July 25. We see that the firms of this country are smarter, more visionary, more prudent than its politicians, Erdoğan said, noting that German investments in Turkey were uninterrupted despite German politicians’ threat.

Germany is revealing its real intentions through threats over the economy as the ministers of the country warn Turkey of avoiding investments, the president said.–.aspx?pageID=238&nID=115932&NewsCatID=510

Turkey and Russia to discuss fate of tomato imports in August

Imports of Turkish tomatoes to Russia will be discussed on Aug. 18 in the Aegean Izmir province, the Russian deputy prime minister said on Tuesday.

“In my opinion, the nearest consultations will be during the Izmir fair on Aug. 18. We have a delegation and colleagues who are going to discuss this topic there,” Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying by Russia’s official TASS news agency.

Dvorkovich added it was too early to talk about possible outcomes of the talks.

Israel removing metal detectors from Al-Aqsa compound, security cameras remain: director

he Israeli forces started to remove the metal detectors from gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the early hours of Tuesday in Jerusalem but keep the security cameras, the director of the mosque said.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Sheikh Najeh Bakirat said the move does not meet the demands of the Muslim worshippers as the security cameras remain in the area. The footage from the area also showed heavy machinery and workers heading to the entrance to the holy site that is currently closed to reporters.

No official comment has come from the Israeli side about the move.

Historic statements by journalists of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet at first trial of case against them

The trials of the historic case filed against Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper were started yesterday (July 24) and will last for five days.

19 professionals – 12 tried under arrest – from Turkey’s one of the leading opposition news sources, including former and current chief editors, journalists, and staff, are being accused of ‘support and propadanga for three different terror groups’, FETÖ, PKK, DHKP-C.

The prosecutor of the case, Murat İnam, who is himself faced with a case against him in scope of FETÖ investigations, has sought up to 15 years of imprisonment for the suspects.

As Zeynep Kuray from BirGün reported, before even the trial started at Çağlayan Courthouse of İstanbul on Monday morning, a brief tension rose when a soldier attended the court room armed. Though lawyers objected to it by saying ‘trials cannot be held under the shadow of guns’, the soldier remained in the room. Restrictions in regards to each suspect being allowed to have maximum three lawyers to defend them were also objected by lawyers.

Under AKP, over 16K people in Turkey faced legal action for ‘acting against press law’

On the eve of Press Day (July 24), main opposition CHP’s MP from İstanbul, Gamze Akkuş İlgezdi, released a report on ‘Media and Freedom’, which included data shared by Turkey’s BYEGM (Directorate General of Press and Information). According to MP’s report, between the years of 2003 and 2016 – under AKP governments – 16458 people faced legal action over accusations of ‘acting against the press law’ in Turkey. 5084 of them were sentenced.

With 11206 cases, İstanbul was the city with the greatest number (68%) of these cases filed, the Justice Ministry had announced earlier. With 762 cases Ankara followed İstanbul as the second; and, the third was İzmir, with 398 cases. Eastern province of Erzincan had the least number of such cases (1 case) filed between these years in reference to violations of press laws.

Among these cases, there were also 2 children – both males – under the age of 15 and 87 children older than 15. Of the 87 children who faced legal action for going against press law, 79 were males.

compiled by Editor BTT

This is a news-scan from major Turkish papers and internet sites. However, we do not verify above stories neither do we vouch for their accuracy.

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