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Erdoğan, Putin Discuss Syria, Return of Russian Citizens

Erdoğan, Putin discuss Syria, return of Russian citizens

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed the situation in Syria and the implications of the coronavirus pandemic with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone, the Anadolu news agency reported Thursday. At the meeting, leaders discussed ways to repatriate Russian citizens stranded in Turkey due to the coronavirus, …

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UN Agencies Demand Migrant Safety from Pandemic


UNITED NATIONS – The rights and health of refugees, migrants and stateless people must be protected as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc around the world, four UN agencies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we are all vulnerable. The virus has shown …

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Eight Countries Urge UN to Lift Iran Sanctions


UNITED NATIONS – The diplomatic missions of Iran, Russia, China, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, asking him to call for the lifting of unilateral sanctions against Iran that hinder the fight against COVID-19. The letter described …

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Turkish Envoy to France Meets French EU Minister


PARIS – Turkish Ambassador to France Ismail Hakki Musa met with French Minister of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin on Monday and discussed Turkey’s relations with the European Union, the migration crisis and developments in the Syrian province of Idlib. Musa told Anadolu news agency that he had …

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Over 100,577 Migrants Leave Turkey to Reach Europe


ANKARA – The number of irregular migrants leaving Turkey for Europe exceeds 100,000 on the evening of March 01, 2020, the Turkish Minister of the Interior said Sunday. Süleyman Solu said that on the evening of March 1st, the number of migrants leaving the country reached 100,577. Migrants leave Turkey …

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Turkish and Russian Military Leaders Discuss Idlib Over the Phone

Turkish, Russian Military chiefs

ANKARA – Turkish and Russian military leaders have had a phone call to discuss the latest developments in Idlib, a de-escalation area in north-western Syria, the Turkish military announced Thursday. The Turkish chief of staff, General Yasar Guler, and his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, also exchanged views on current …

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Syrian Air Defenses Almost Hit Airliner near Damascus: Russia


DAMASCUS, Syria – An Airbus A320 airliner with 172 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Khmeimim air base (which is controlled by Russia) after Syrian air defenses almost touched it, Russian news agencies reported, mentioning a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense. The Syrian air defences were trying …

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US Steps Up Warnings to Russia Over Idlib


IDLIB, Syria – The United States stepped up warnings to Russia about its policy in Syria, saying that Moscow was trying to challenge the US presence in northeast Syria by violating the terms of a devolution agreement and was also helping to intensify the fighting in the north western province …

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