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How can a military exercise on the Black Sea happen with a closed Bosporus?

Romania holds a NATO naval military exercise on the Black Sea. However, exactly the same war made also Turkey to close the Bosporus before military ships. How can this exercise then happen? Afaik ...
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What was the last time a country blocked another country from joining NATO?

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/after-finland-joins-nato-why-is-turkey-making-sweden-wait-2023-04-04/ STOCKHOLM, April 4 (Reuters) - Sweden's path to NATO membership remains blocked by Turkey ...
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How do Turks and Arabs view each other?

There is usually quite a lot of bad blood between the former colonial powers and the former colonies - like between Russia and the former Soviet Republics or Soviet Block countries, between France and ...
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What is Russia's exact position on the Turkish presence in Northern Syria?

Russia has hosted various talks between Syria and Turkey (at lower levels--their heads of state refuse to meet) in attempt to mitigate or solve the issue of the presence of Turkish troops in Syria, ...
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Any public information confirming arms shipments to Ukrainian ports via grain deal?

In Russian military Tg channels who mocked the "grain deal" from the beginning, there was a recurring theme that Ukraine is exploiting Russian weakness and unpreparedness for confrontation ...
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Are there more recent (e.g post 2022) EU opinion polls on Turkey joining the EU?

I'm curious if public opinion in the EU countries on Turkey joining the EU has changed significantly in the past 6-7 years or so. I'm aware of one 2016 survey in which the public opinion about Turkey ...
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Why has Turkey attached the EU accession condition late?

Turkey could have attached the EU accession condition with Finish NATO membership. Why has it given Finland a free pass?
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Turkish elections: How to explain the anomalous fingerprints

On 14th of May, millions of Turkish voters went to the polls to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections. Recently, the official results were published in the website of the Supreme Election ...
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What legal means exist for the German government to prevent Turks living in Germany from voting in the Turkish election?

Turkey recently had presidential elections and apart from around 62 million Turks living in Turkey people with Turkish nationality but permanent residency in some other country were eligible to vote. ...
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Who are the 13 million migrants that the Victory Party wants to send back?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-65708268 The Victory Party leader said this week Mr Kilicdaroglu had agreed to send back "13 million migrants" within a year "in line with ...
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Is Northern Cyprus the only EU territory under foreign occupation?

Northern Cyprus is a territory in Cyprus that is occupied by Turkey, according to everyone except Turkey. Cyprus is part of the EU, which makes Northern Cyprus an EU territory under foreign occupation....
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Have US forces not pulled back from the Turkey-Syria border (along the entirety of it)? If so, when did this turn in policy happen?

I somewhat vaguely recalled that Trump agreed to a pullback of sorts of US forces from parts of northern Syria, reported in the press at the time as practically complete in that area: Amid growing ...
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Why does Sweden support Kurdish separatists in Turkey?

Turkey objects to Sweden gaining NATO membership on the grounds that Sweden supports "terrorism," namely Kurdish separatist fighters. Why has Sweden of all countries taken such an interest ...
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Which NATO countries sided with France in the 2020 Courbet frigate incident?

Back in 2020, according to French sources: the relationship between Paris and Ankara was severely affected by a serious naval incident on June 10, in which a Turkish vessel threatened a French ...
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Why would some Turkish official saying that the "Mahdi will return" be reason for resignation nowadays?

In the rather religiously inclined AKP government, I'm curious how credible this resignation reason is: SADAT, officially the SADAT International Defense Consultancy, describes itself on its website ...
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What is the building code in the Turkish region hit by the recent earthquake?

I saw some pictures of the destruction caused by the earthquake that it the Southern region of Turkey and part of Syria in February 2023. I noticed that some modern building collapsed while other ...
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Why is Turkey campaigning to get their name changed to Türkiye in English but not other languages?

The US Embassy recently announced the following: The State Department will start spelling Turkey as "Türkiye" in diplomatic and formal settings. The name change was approved by the U.S. ...
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If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO applications, when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so?

If Turkish parliament wanted to ratify the Swedish and Finnish NATO Accession Protocols then when, between now and July 1, would it be able to do so? Considerations include the following: Parliament ...
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Why doesn't Turkey trigger NATO article 5 in response to the Istanbul bombings?

Turkey recently launched Operation Claw-Sword against Kurdish separatists that they say are responsible for the Istanbul bombing on 13 November. It is a solo operation however. Why doesn't Turkey ...
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What evidence of US involvement in the terrorist attack in Istanbul was provided by Turkey?

As writen in this article Turkey rejects US condolences for Istanbul terror attack. In context of this statement: Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Türkiye had found out where the ...
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Would Sweden and Turkey as members of the NATO be a sort of follow-up on the 1739 Swedish-Ottoman alliance against the Empire of Russia? [closed]

From Wikipedia, 1739 in Sweden Sweden form an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against the Empire of Russia. This is the first alliance between the Ottoman Empire and a Christian nation. (This last ...
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Why do Turkey and Azerbaijan have very close relations even though they are Sunni and Shia respectively?

In general, we see that Sunni and Shia sects in Islam do not get along very well. Why do Turkey and Azerbaijan have very close relations even though they are Sunni and Shia, respectively?
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Why would Gazprom operate (the maintenance of) TurkStream through a Dutch subsidiary?

According to Gazprom (as quoted by RFERL) the Dutch government has suspended the license of South Stream Transport B.V., which apparently is a Gazprom subsidiary registered in the Netherlands. South ...
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Would transporting parts for a military radar instead of "missile parts" aboard a passenger aircraft make any difference under international law?

According to Wikipedia: On 10 October 2012, Turkish Air Force F-16s intercepted a Syrian Air Airbus A320, flight RB442 from Moscow to Damascus, in Turkish airspace and forced it to land at Esenboğa ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

Recently, I've read an article on Politico about those ships with grain: "Excluding Turkey as the mediator country, almost all the grain exported from Ukraine is flowing not to the poorest ...
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Why doesn't Iraq just blockade the Bashiqa base if they really want the Turks gone from there?

Apparently there's a seven year dispute between the Iraqi central government and Turkey over the Turkish base at Bashiqa (near Mosul) located at about 150 km from the Turkish border. Seemingly there ...
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Why could Turkey get rid of Military's interference in Politics but Pakistan couldn't?

Turkey and Pakistan had a similar situation before Erdogan came to power. The military and Judiciary banded together to ban Abdullah Gul from politics. The military staged a coup in 2016. However, ...
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What happened to the previous (2019) buffer zone that Turkey supposedly had in Syria?

Admittedly I'm confused about the renewed demands of Erdogan for a 30-km buffer zone in Syria. Erdogan has repeatedly said over the past weeks that he’s planning a major military operation to create ...
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How would the Istanbul Canal allow Turkey to bypass the Montreux Convention?

According to multiple sources as cited by Wikipedia (such as this, or this), the now-under-construction Istanbul Canal would allow Turkey to bypass the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the ...
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Why has president Erdogan suddenly decided to mend relations with Israel? [closed]

Why has president Erdogan suddenly decided to mend relations with Israel? What kind of advantage is he looking for? Is he looking for a favor from the USA or assistance from Israel's defense industry? ...
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What is the content of the tweets that Canan Kaftancıoğlu was sentenced for?

There are lots of articles writing about the prosecution of Canan Kaftancıoğlu. For example this, this and this all come right after their wikipedia page when I search her name. I'm not doing a very ...
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Could a fast-track migration to NATO-2.0 be a solution to Turkey's veto for Finland and Sweden? [closed]

As you likely know Finland and Sweden have recently applied for NATO membership, in order to be protected from Russia in case they get attacked like Ukraine. But Turkey has announced that they will ...
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What are Turkey's objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

I was puzzled by this move by Turkey to block swift approval of Sweden and Finland to NATO Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday in another step toward the Western military ...
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Turkey getting weapons from Russia [closed]

Why hasn't Turkey been penalized for buying missiles from Russia, despite the fact it is a member of NATO? And is Turkey planning to invade other countries with these weapons?
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To what extent do Scandinavian countries support the Kurds (PKK and YPG)?

Turkish President Erdogan is opposed to Finland and Sweden's inclusion to NATO because of their alleged support of the PKK. He said Scandinavian countries are "guesthouses for terrorist ...
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What is the basic difference between Turkish and Sri Lankan presidential form of democracy?

What is the basic difference between the Sri Lankan and the Turkish system of the presidency? For instance, The Sri Lankan president lost the majority in the parliament. As a result, the political ...
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Is Erdogan using Islam as a political tool to influence the masses or manipulate the government's foreign policy? [closed]

He right now is living like a Emperor, yes the definition here is right. Better than Putin right now. It has been said that he bought his own officials, deputies, judges, advocates etc. The country is ...
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What kind of gain did president Erdogan achieve from Hagia Sophia?

What kind of political or diplomatic gain did president Erdogan achieve from Hagia Sophia's conversion to a mosque? Was it the demand of the majority of Turkish people living in Istanbul or Turkey? ...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

If you have been into Turkish Lira recently, you would be shocked you see that the Turkish Lira's value has been lost more than two times as compare to its value 2 years ago. Now, there have been ...
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How did Turkish media change their tune on al-Sisi (allegedly) in lockstep with the new Turkish foreign policy on Egypt?

It's fairly well known that government/AKP-aligned actors have taken an increased share of control of Turkish media, be it directly through acquisitions or through advertisement revenue. I'm curious ...
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Why couldn't Turkey become a developed country?

Developed country A developed country (or industrialized country, high-income country, more economically developed country (MEDC)) is a sovereign state that has a high quality of life, developed ...
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Which EU member countries are opposed to Turkey's accession to the EU?

As far as I know, France is a strong opposer of Turkey's full membership in the EU. What other EU member countries are opposed to Turkey's accession to the EU?
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

According to the Wikipedia article on the proposed Istanbul Canal, it is said that the Bosporus has nearly 3 times the amount of ship traffic as the Suez Canal. Presumably this ship traffic comes ...
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Why would Turkey leave the Istanbul Convention (now)?

As of today, Turkey appears to have withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention, an effort by the Council of Europe to create a standard legal approach to battling violence against women and domestic abuse....
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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What is the basic difference between Turkey using S-400 vs India purchasing S-400 or Greece using S-300? [duplicate]

See: Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? My above question was closed. So, I am reformulating the question and posting it again. Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO ...
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Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? [closed]

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries According to the above link, the Russian S-300 missile defense system is being used by three NATO countries: Greece, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. the USA ‘...
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Is Turkey an indispensable partner in NATO?

I know that Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO after the USA. Turkey also controls the Bosphorus strait. But, is Turkey an indispensable partner in NATO? Can NATO function properly without ...
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Grey Wolves and NATO

''In the late 1970s, former military prosecutor and Turkish Supreme Court Justice Emin Değer documented collaboration between the Grey Wolves, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Counter-...
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