1 – 15 June – Turkey’s Bulletin

June 1

EU ready to take action against Turkey

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, expressed that the EU is ready for a more positive agenda, but it must be conditional, proportional, and reversible. This means it will only be implemented if progress is made in several areas, particularly in the Greek Turkish relationship, the Cyprus settlement, and human rights.  It will be determined according to Turkey’s actions. However, the EU has seen in the past that Turkey may take one step forward and two steps back. But we are not naive. Turkey is a neighbor and a NATO member, but the EU must ensure that the country takes a more favorable position toward common European interests – including in regions like Libya, Syria, and the Caucasus. Turkey’s position in these past disputes was not in line with Europe’s interests. We are ready to use all the tools at our disposal to influence Turkey’s behavior, Michel states.

Source: 1 lurer https://www.1lurer.am/en/2021/06/01/EU-ready-to-take-action-against-Turkey-Charles-Michel/486059

Access Date: 01.06.2021

Progressive Normalization

A new gradual normalization process has begun in Turkey. Regarding the gradual normalization calendar for June, which was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the Presidential Cabinet Meeting, the Ministry of Interior also announced the details of the changed practices with the circular on “June Normalization Measures” sent to the governorships of 81 provinces. According to the circular, the measures to be implemented during the month of June have come into effect as of today. The curfew has been updated to start at 22:00 on Saturday, to cover the entire Sunday, and to end at 05:00 on Monday. Bakeries and bread sales will continue on the days and days when there is a curfew. Citizens will be able to shop at the markets closest to their homes, provided that they are limited to meeting their essential needs and not driving. Foreigners who are in Turkey for touristic purposes will be exempted from curfew restrictions. Following the circular of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education also made a statement about face-to-face education. Face-to-face training will start on June 1 for primary school students and two days a week for middle school and high school students on June 7. According to the statement made by the Ministry of Education, face-to-face education will start 5 days a week full-time in schools in villages and sparsely populated settlements.

Source: DW https://www.dw.com/tr/kademeli-normalle%C5%9Fme-ba%C5%9Flad%C4%B1/a-57734947

Access Date: 01.06.2021

June 2

Dollar/TL rate broke a record

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan answered journalists’ questions on a live broadcast. After Erdoğan’s statements regarding the Central Bank, the dollar broke an all-time record against TL. After Erdoğan’s words about the economy, the dollar rose sharply and hit an all-time high of 8.77. The previous record of Dollar/TL was 8.61. During his speech, President Erdoğan said, “I met with the President of the Central Bank today. It is imperative that we lower the interest rates once.” In the past, there were differences of opinion between President Erdogan and the Central Bank administration regarding interest policies. The Central Bank has been the scene of frequent job changes in the recent period. Last week, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank was dismissed. The opposition’s “Where is $128 billion?” In response to the question, Erdoğan emphasized that it is used in infrastructure investments. Referring to the work on the new Constitution, Erdoğan stated that they are working on 128 articles. “I will meet with Mr. Bahçeli personally and with my delegation,” he said.

Source: Euronews https://tr.euronews.com/2021/06/02/cumhurbaskan-erdogan-n-merkez-bankas-ve-faiz-ac-klamas-ile-dolar-tl-kuru-tarihi-rekorunu-k

Access Date: 02.06.2021

EU provided reform aid to Turkey

The EU has agreed on a pre-accession financial aid package of 14 billion 200 million euros in total until 2027 to seven EU candidate countries, including Turkey. EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhalyi said in a statement in Brussels that the agreement reached for 2021 and 2027 “will be a positive, welcome and strong message to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. Ana Paula Zacarias, Minister of State for EU Affairs of Portugal, the President of the EU, about the negotiations on the financial package, emphasized that they wanted to support the economic, political, institutional and social reforms in these countries. In the statement made by the EU Commission, it was emphasized that financial aid should be used for reform efforts, and that it was necessary to comply with EU standards, especially in problematic areas such as the rule of law in Turkey. The membership negotiations between Turkey and the EU, which started in 2005, have come to a standstill due to the political and diplomatic crises experienced in recent years.

Source: DW https://www.dw.com/tr/abden-t%C3%BCrkiyeye-reform-yard%C4%B1m%C4%B1/a-57764368

Access Date: 02.06.2021

June 3

Adnan Şeker is decided as Fethullah Gülen’s lawyer

A lawsuit has been filed against lawyer Adnan Şeker, who was arrested by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office after being detained as part of the operation against FETÖ/PDY, on charges of “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order” and “establishing and leading a terrorist organization”. The final hearing of the case at the Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court was held today. While the accused Şeker attended the hearing with the Audio and Visual Information System from the prison where he was detained, his lawyer was present. Şeker, who did not accept the accusations in his defense, stated that the allegation that he leaked the investigation information through UYAP on behalf of the organization in return for a bribe was not true. Claiming that he was on trial for doing his duty as a lawyer, Şeker demanded his acquittal. While the court board sentenced the accused Şeker to 9 years and 9 months in prison for “membership of an armed terrorist organization”, it ruled that there was no permission for “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order” and “establishing and leading a terrorist organization”.

Source: Sputnik https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/202106031044653524-fethullah-gulenin-avukati-adnan-seker-icin-karar-verildi/

Access Date: 03.06.2021

80% of crops dried up in the Southeast

More than half of Turkey’s lands are under the influence of severe drought. The agricultural area, which was 26 million 350 thousand hectares in 2001, decreased by 12 percent to 23 million 137 thousand hectares in 2020. According to the data of the General Directorate of Meteorology, precipitation in the Southeastern Anatolia Region decreased by 40 percent this year compared to the previous year. This situation caused drought in the region, which is an important center especially in the field of cereals. The Southeastern Anatolia Region, which meets a significant portion of the country’s grain needs, also suffered from drought. In the region, which does not receive sufficient rainfall in the spring months, 80 percent of the cultivated areas are already dry. Farmers are worried about their debt. Fertilizer, seed, pesticide and diesel inputs are a serious expense. The farmer cannot achieve production and cannot harvest in the fields. It is necessary to take the water to the farmer’s field so that this drought does not harm. Yozgat deputy Ali Keven suggested, “A solution should be produced, I am asking how the debts to the market, to private banks, not just the debt to the state or public banks, will be structured. “It should be postponed. Registry amnesty should be issued for once. Tractor and harvester liens should be stopped. Pending support payments should be paid immediately.”

Source: DW https://www.dw.com/tr/g%C3%BCneydo%C4%9Fuda-ekinlerin-y%C3%BCzde-80i-kurudu-%C3%A7ift%C3%A7iler-endi%C5%9Feli/av-57654087

Access Date: 03.06.2021

June 4

“S-400 discussion is end for Turkey”

Kılıç, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, stated that the issue regarding the S-400 missiles is ended for Turkey and that NATO rules were not violated with the purchase of these missiles. He also stated that relations with Russia are not an alternative to the USA or NATO. Turkey has taken this step, but this step does not mean that it has not fulfilled its responsibilities to NATO,” he said. Kılıç explained that this point was not reached in one day, with the following words for Ankara: “Due to the attitude of our NATO ally or our allies who did not stand by Turkey and did not give enough support, we took our own decision and walked the path. Why did we do this? For our own security. Any international agreement was violated. While evaluating the Turkey-Russia relations upon questions, Kılıç said that the good course of relations with Russia is not an alternative to the USA or NATO and that the frequent “axis shift” comments are unfair. “Why can’t Turkey, which fulfills its responsibilities as a NATO member, improves its relations with its closest neighbors, namely Russia?” Asking the question, Kılıç reminded that Russia and Germany carry out the Nord Stream-2 project together.

Source: DW https://www.dw.com/tr/tbmm-d%C4%B1%C5%9Fi%C5%9Fleri-komisyonu-ba%C5%9Fkan%C4%B1-k%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7-s-400-konusu-bizim-i%C3%A7in-kapand%C4%B1/a-57774619

Access Date: 04.06.2021

Political consultation meeting with EU in Minister of Foreign Affairs

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sedat Önal met with Ambassador Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General of the European Union (EU) Foreign Relations Service. Regional and international issues were discussed at the meeting. According to the post shared on the ministry’s social media account, political consultations were held today under the chairmanship of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Sedat Önal and Deputy Secretary-General of the EU Foreign Relations Service, Ambassador Enrique Mora. During the consultations, regional and international issues on the common agenda were discussed.

Source: TRT https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/disislerinde-ab-ile-siyasi-istisare-toplantisi-586261.html

Access Date: 04.06.2021

June 5

Greece Has Warned Turkey about that it Will Push for Sanctions if Tensions Persist

Greece has retaliated against Turkey, threatening to press for penalties if it continues to make “provocative threats.” The warning from Athens comes as the presidents of the two NATO members, who have long been enemies, prepare to meet in an effort to speed up negotiations aimed at calming increasing tensions in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean Seas over energy rights. As a reaction, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Turkey was prepared to protect areas and that Greece had participated in a recent string of military drills in the Aegean Sea. Then, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar urged Greece to honor international agreements and remove missiles and military equipment stationed on a series of Greek islands in the Aegean, just kilometers off Turkey’s western coast. Nikos Dendias, Greece’s Foreign Minister, refused the proposal with a stern warning. He stated that Greece has traditionally supported Turkey’s accession to the European Union. But if Ankara did not tone down its “hostile” acts and “provocative” rhetoric, Athens was prepared to revive its request for EU sanctions on its NATO partner.

Source: Voa News https://www.voanews.com/europe/greece-warns-turkey-it-will-push-sanctions-if-tensions-persist

Access Date: 05.06.2021

Turkey’s investments in Algeria are increasing

Turkey is signing important investments and collaborations in Algeria, a North African country. There have been important developments in Turkey-Algeria relations recently. Speaking to the French magazine Le Point, Algerian President Abdulmecid Tebboune stated that he had excellent relations with the Turks, who invested approximately 5 billion dollars in the country without any political expectations. These investments are not new. Algeria Investment Development Agency announced that in 2018, Turkey surpassed France and ranked first in the list of foreign investors in the country. Algeria is actually a relatively stable country in extremely unstable geography. For this reason, it is important for Turkey, which has some problems in its relations with Egypt, Israel, Syria, and Gulf countries, to develop relations with Algeria in order to increase its influence both in the region and in the Arab world. In addition, this country, which has a very long land border with Libya, follows a policy that does not contradict Turkey’s current position in Libya and is technically opposite Haftar. Above all, the development of relations with Algeria, which is one of the influential countries of Africa and the Mediterranean with its important natural resources, population, economic, political, and military power, is an ambitious and ambitious country that has recently played an important role both in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. It is extremely important for a Turkey that pursues a foreign policy.

Source: Sputnik https://tr.sputniknews.com/afrika/202106051044665084-turkiyenin-cezayirde-artan-yatirimlari-nasil-bir-onem-tasiyor-/

Access Date: 05.06.2021

June 6

“Emergency Action Plan” is prepared against mucilage

Mucilage is a slimy, sticky structure that is formed by the combination of many biological and chemical conditions, the overgrowth of plant organisms called phytoplankton, the rise in sea temperature, and the corresponding increase in bacterial activities. In order for mucilage to occur, seasonal temperatures, current, salt level, pollution, etc. There are many different factors. Announcing the Action Plan for the Protection of the Marmara Sea, the Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum said, “We will carry out the biggest sea cleaning in Turkey with all our institutions, municipalities, nature lovers, athletes, artists, all our citizens, with a sense of mobilization.” After the meeting held in Kocaeli, the Minister Institution announced the 21 titled ‘Action Plan for the Protection of the Marmara Sea’ prepared in this context. Plans include establishing a coordination board, converting treatment plants to advanced biological treatment systems, arranging the discharge system to the Marmara Sea, working on the recovery of treated water, working on ships that discharge wastewater at sea, using environmentalist techniques in shipyards, and balancing pollution.

Source: Cumhuriyet https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/cevre-ve-sehircilik-bakani-murat-kurum-musilaj-eylem-planini-acikladi-1842307

Access Date: 06.06.2021

Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries and they will remain as such and that there should be no room for misunderstandings in order not to damage this friendly relationship that they are sincerely attached to. Çavuşoğlu stated that, when looking at the regional issues that have brought each other against each other recently, an increasing number of common views and interests are identified on many issues today. Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that the two countries share the same basic priorities in many important issues such as the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, the protection of the country’s territorial integrity, and the need for progress in the political process. Cavusoglu; stated that stability in Libya, the political unity of the country, support for the National Unity Government and the reunification of institutions across the country, a permanent ceasefire, the fight against terrorism, and irregular migration are common priorities shared with France today. He stated that they are open to dialogue with France on finding issues of common interest in Libya, where its stability affects the region. Stating that the disputes with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean were handled with a calm dialogue within the framework of various mechanisms, Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey had never had expansionist goals and that the dialogue with Greece was a confirmation of this.

Finally, Çavuşoğlu made an assessment: “Turkey and France are two friendly and allied countries and they will remain so. We should not allow any misunderstandings in order not to damage this friendly relationship that we are sincerely attached to.”

Source: TRT https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/bakani-cavusoglu-turkiye-ve-fransa-dost-ve-muttefik-iki-ulke-586559.html

Access Date: 06.06.2021

June 7

The Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office filed a lawsuit against HDP again

The indictment requesting the closure of HDP, which was returned by the Constitutional Court for the completion of deficiencies, was re-prepared by the Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court. The indictment of approximately 850 pages, signed by the Chief Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Bekir Şahin, was sent back to the Constitutional Court. In the written statement made by Şahin, it was stated that “Acts contrary to the indivisible integrity of the State with its country and nation were listed with the evidence presented within the scope of the file, and the defendant Party was included in the indictment without any doubt that it became the focus of these actions.” In the indictment, the demand for a measure to be placed on the bank account of HDP until the end of the lawsuit was remarkable. In this case, if the Constitutional Court accepts the request of the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Cassation to take measures against the bank account along with the new indictment, the HDP will be deprived of its official financial resources with the help of the Treasury during the closure case process. It was also stated in the indictment that at least 500 HDP members were charged and a political ban was requested.

Source: Voice of America https://www.amerikaninsesi.com/a/hdpnin-kapatilmasi-icin-iddiame-yeniden-aymde/5919663.html

Access Date: 07.06.2021

Altun evaluated the EU’s new internet regulation: Cyber Homeland is our sovereign right

Director of Communications Altun evaluated the EU’s new internet regulation. Altun said, “When the EU is in question, ‘removal of terrorist content’ is democratic.” Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun evaluated the entry into force of the legal regulation in the European Union, which stipulates the removal of terrorist content posts on the internet within 1 hour. In his post on social media, Altun stated that according to the new regulation, terrorist content will be removed from all international digital platforms within a maximum of 1 hour at the request of any member country. Stating that if the content is not removed, criminal sanctions will be imposed on the platforms in question, Altun said on his Twitter account:

“When the EU is concerned, ‘removal of terrorist content’ is democratic, but when it comes to the Law No. 5651 on the ‘Regulation of Broadcasts on the Internet and Combating the Crimes Committed Through These Broadcasts’, is it oppression? Cyber ​​Homeland is our sovereignty. “We will protect all their rights against their grievances. It should be known that we will eliminate all kinds of terrorist support, disinformation and perception operations with the same determination.”

Source: Sputnik https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/202106071044679760-iletisim-baskani-altundan-abnin-yeni-internet-duzenlemesine-yorum-siber-vatan-egemenlik-hakkimizdir/

Access Date: 07.06.2021

June 8

Mustafa Şentop: We are determined to protect the interests of the Turkish Cypriot people

KKTC Parliament Speaker Sennaroğlu, who came to Turkey to make official contacts, met with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Şentop. Sentop, who gave a message of determination to protect the interests of the TRNC, said, “The uncompromising attitude of the Greek Cypriot side leaves the negotiations inconclusive.” Şentop stated that the relations between the parliaments of the two countries have been excellent since the first day between the presidents of the councils, the relevant commissions, friendship groups, and administrative organizations. Şentop reminded that the Greek Cypriot side once again showed that they will not share the power and prosperity with the Turkish Cypriot side in Geneva, and continued as follows: “The whole world saw that they were trying to patch the Turkish side to their so-called states. It is obvious that the negotiation processes that have been going on since 1968, unfortunately, could not bring a solution to the Cyprus issue due to this problematic mentality. It is not possible to solve the Cyprus issue with this mentality that does not see the Turkish community on the island as equal or even ignores it. The uncompromising and disconnected attitude of the Greek Cypriot side leaves the negotiations inconclusive. It is unacceptable that they continue to benefit from the status quo by claiming that they still want a new partnership state in this environment. It has been an extremely important step for us.”

Source: TRT https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/mustafa-sentop-kibris-turk-halkinin-menfaatlerini-korumaya-kararliyiz-587067.html

Access Date: 08.06.2021

Fisheries exports exceeded half a billion dollars in 5 months

The aquaculture sector has attracted attention with its export performance in recent years. The sector grew its market by 38 percent in the 5-month period of the year, making foreign sales of 522 million dollars. Turkey, which has occupied the first place in aquaculture, surpassing the EU countries, maintains its position in the first place in exports. The figures were recorded as 377 million 297 thousand dollars in the January-May period of 2020. This year, with the increase in demand, especially in European countries, exports increased by 38 percent and reached 522 million 314 thousand dollars. Sea bass took first place in the export of seafood with 173 million dollars. The export of sea bass, of which Turkey is the leader in production, increased by 30 percent in the said period. Sea bream exports increased by 26% from 119 million 360 thousand dollars to 150 million 286 thousand dollars. The export of trout increased from 47 million 701 thousand dollars to 64 million 312 thousand dollars. The rise of Turkish salmon, whose star has been shining in recent years, has continued. After reaching a certain size in inland waters, the export of Turkish salmon, which is grown mainly in the cool waters of the Black Sea, increased from 4 million 868 thousand dollars in the 5 months of last year to 49 million 198 thousand dollars in the same period of this year.

Source: Anatolian Agency https://www.aa.com.tr/tr/ekonomi/su-urunleri-ihracati-5-ayda-yarim-milyar-dolari-asti/2266917

Access Date: 08.06.2021

June 9

Minister Çavuşoğlu interpreted on relations with USA

“It is possible to see that the USA is willing to cooperate with us not only in Libya and Syria but also in many areas from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and the Caucasus,” Çavuşoğlu said. Çavuşoğlu also said, “It doesn’t necessarily have to be Patriot. If the US does not give guarantees about Patriot, we can also buy air defense systems from our other allies.” There are critical issues in the meeting between Biden and Erdoğan. It is unclear what steps will be taken with the USA in the new period. The problems that started when the Democrats were in charge continued under Trump. Biden has some words about April 24. The S400 issue still continues. We see that the US administration has a desire to work with Turkey in many strategic areas. On the one hand, how will we solve these problems, on the other hand, will we be able to strengthen relations? We also have relations in the economic field. What do we need to do to reach the goals? The USA has to accept that; The Republic of Turkey bought a defense system from another country once. It’s over. From now on, we need this until the day when Turkey starts to produce its own air defense system. It is necessary to cooperate with us and give a guarantee for the products we will purchase in the future. The S-400 will be under our 100% control. There is already training. Our engineers, our soldiers will control it. No Russian soldiers will be in Turkey during the use phase. We did not use a term that would offend the Russians. Our expectations must be met.”

Source: Sputnik https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/202106091044697507-cavusoglu-abdnin-bircok-alanda-bizimle-isbirligi-yapma-arzusunda-oldugunu-goruyoruz/

Access Date: 09.06.2021

Opposition’s reaction to the Istanbul Canal

Opposition to Kanal Istanbul, where Erdoğan announced that the first pickaxe will be struck on June 26, is increasing. Rejecting the criticisms from non-governmental organizations and the opposition regarding the Kanal Istanbul project, Erdoğan said, “Those who try to prevent the Istanbul Canal with so much nonsense, from triggering an earthquake to causing thirst, should first fulfill their minimum duties towards this city and then talk about our projects. “We will continue to compete in charity, regardless of such lies and slanders,” he said. Erdogan continued his words, “We will build the city to the left and right of Canal Istanbul. Istanbul’s change will be significant” Kılıçdaroğlu stated that if they come to power, they will stop the Istanbul Canal projects. Expressing that they want to transform Istanbul into an area of rent, Kılıçdaroğlu also argued that the project will not provide a profit for Istanbul and Turkey. Kılıçdaroğlu continued his reaction by saying, “If we have a winner, Erdoğan will talk about it with balls. Beton economy and forest of Beton policies continue.”

Source: t24 https://t24.com.tr/haber/kanal-istanbul-un-temeli-26-haziran-da-atilacak,957866

Access Date: 09.06.2021

June 10

Mucilage summit and final declaration in Beştepe

At the meeting at the Presidential Complex, President Erdoğan listened to the scientific research and solution proposals of the expert academic committee chaired by the council of higher education President Yekta Saraç on mucilage. The fact that the Marmara Sea is an inland sea, its connection with narrow straits and other seas are limited, the increasing population density in the region, its exposure to domestic and industrial wastes that are not sufficiently treated and discharged partially uncontrolled, sea dredging and unloading activities, and habitat connected to coastal filling areas. These single-celled creatures started to react to changing environmental conditions for themselves due to reasons such as loss of water, excessive and uncontrolled hunting, and increase in seawater temperatures due to climate change, and they preferred to discharge their intracellular organic liquids more than normal and/or rapidly. The concluding statement of the meeting also included recommendations for emergency situations and suggestions for education and research. The entire surrounding of the Marmara Sea should be declared as a protection zone within a certain plan. The difficulties experienced by the fishing sector should be followed immediately. Action plans should be established against accidents that may occur in the Bosphorus. Integration of existing treatment plants with advanced treatment technologies should be ensured. A monitoring committee should be established on the subject.

Source: NTV https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/son-dakika-haberi-bestepede-musilaj-zirvesi-sonuc-bildirgesi-aciklandi,RjLbzK5RZkSroxEfkDzeUQ

Access Date: 10.06.2021

Minister Koca announced: Three more groups were included in the vaccination

Health Minister Koca announced that as of tomorrow, the food production and distribution sector, cafes, restaurants, restaurant workers, barbers, hairdressers, and lawyers will be included in the vaccination program. He stated information on social media: “All lawyers are included in the vaccination program without age restrictions. As of tomorrow, all of our lawyers can be vaccinated. As part of the vaccination program, barbers and hairdressers also start to be vaccinated. You can get your appointments from tomorrow. Our professional groups continue to be defined in our vaccination program. Starting tomorrow The food production and distribution sector and cafe, restaurant, and restaurant employees are also included in the program. Trust this power.”

Source: TRT https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/kafe-calisanlari-ve-berberler-asilanacak-587732.html                                                                                                                                                           

Access Date: 10.06.2021

June 11

Turkey is the country that pollutes the seas the most with river litter in Europe

According to a study, Turkey is the country that causes the most marine pollution in Europe with garbage drifting from rivers. Researchers pointed out that the main factor causing marine pollution is the use of plastic. Data from a study of litter going into the oceans from 42 European rivers was published in the environmental journal Nature Sustainability. According to the research, the results of which were reported in the British newspaper The Guardian and the German news portal Spiegel, 16 percent of the garbage drifted from the rivers to the sea originates from Turkey. In the source country ranking, Italy ranked second with 11.3, England third with 8.4 percent, and Spain fourth with 8.21 percent, after Turkey. Germany, which has fewer coastlines, is responsible for about 2 percent of the litter drifting from rivers to the sea. Noting that a large part of the pollution in the seas is caused by plastic, researcher Daniel González-Fernández from the University of Cádiz in Spain said that cleaning the rivers will not be enough to reduce this pollution, but the use of plastic should be reduced to dry the source of the litter.

Source: DW https://www.dw.com/tr/avrupada-nehir-%C3%A7%C3%B6p%C3%BCyle-denizleri-en-%C3%A7ok-kirleten-%C3%BClke-t%C3%BCrkiye/a-57856832

Access Date: 11.06.2021

Parliamentary diplomacy is being implemented with Egypt

A parliamentary diplomacy move is added to the new era between Turkey and Egypt. İsmet Yılmaz, Head of the Egypt Friendship Group of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, gave information on the details of the parliamentary diplomacy carried out with Egypt. Saying that a new bridge has been established with Egypt, Yılmaz said that the group formed with representatives from each party plans to implement parliamentary diplomacy in addition to public diplomacy when this platform is established on the Egyptian side. Relations at the level of charge affairs will be raised to the level of the embassy and foreign ministers. In the meantime, visits will be made between parliamentary groups,” he said. It is expected that the friendship group will also contribute to the economy.

Source: TRT https://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem/misir-ile-parlamenter-diplomasi-hayata-geciriliyor-587767.html

Access Date: 11.06.2021

June 12

Support for the tradesmen from Mansur Yavaş: ‘Taste of Ankara’ application by 0 percent commission

Ankara Metropolitan Municipality launched a food ordering application called ‘Taste Ankara’ to contribute to business owners. Metropolitan Mayor Mansur Yavaş announced that restaurants can register for the application free of charge and no commission will be charged. He announced the app on Twitter. He used his statement in his post: “There is ‘Taste Ankara’ with 0% commission in order to protect the sweat of our shopkeepers. We are excited to bring you our portal together after the menus of our businesses are entered into the system.” After the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality announced its project, Yemeksepeti (Food Basket), which received the title of Turkey’s most valuable initiative at that time in 2015, received a response. Nevzat Aydın, who first conveyed his congratulations in his post, reacted to the initiative in Ankara by saying, “State was the only non-rival corporation.”

Source: HaberTurk https://www.haberturk.com/ankara-da-yemek-savaslari-haberler-3101839-ekonomi

Access Date: 12.06.2021

High-level visit from Turkey to Libya

Before critical meetings, Turkey is making an official visit to Libya with a high-level delegation. A delegation consisting of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler, Head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Head of Communications Fahrettin Altun, and Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın went to Libya on Saturday. “During the visit, it is envisaged to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional issues,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its official Twitter account. The Presidency’s Directorate of Communications also issued a statement on the subject, stating that the said visit was made “with the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before the NATO summit.” Before the NATO summit, the issue of Libya and Syria will also be discussed by President Erdogan and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. There have been frequent political and diplomatic tensions between the two countries since last summer.

Source: Euronews https://tr.euronews.com/2021/06/11/nato-zirvesi-oncesinde-turkiye-den-bir-heyet-libya-y-ziyaret-edecek

Access Date: 12.06.2021

June 13

Biden’s oil company decision

While Syria is expected to be one of the main agenda items in the Erdogan-Biden and Biden-Putin talks to be held this week, a decision by Joe Biden is considered as a “gesture” to Turkey. Oytun Orhan, from Middle East Studies Center (ORSAM) Levant Studies, said that Biden’s decision could be interpreted as a “show of goodwill” against both Turkey and Russia before the Erdogan and Putin meetings. Orhan said, “It is known that YPG is the first problem in Turkey’s relations with the United States. It does not seem very possible to make progress in relations without overcoming this problem. It is a question that these talks should be a step taken before the talks as a gesture against Turkey.” Arguing that this development, however, should not be read as the US will make radical changes in Syria and self-government/SDF policies, Orhan said, “These steps are a decision for tactical purposes.” According to the source, who argued that the negotiations between the self-government and Damascus were blocked due to the policies and steps of Damascus, the course of the next process is expected to be shaped after the Biden-Putin and Erdogan talks.

Source: T24 https://t24.com.tr/haber/biden-in-petrol-sirketi-karari-turkiye-ye-jesti-mi,958758

Access Date: 13.06.2021

Member of a radical terrorist organization wanted with a Red Notice has caught

It was announced that 12 people were caught trying to cross into Turkey illegally at the Hatay border, and one of them was wanted with the Red Bulletin. In the statement made by the Ministry of National Defense, it was emphasized that the struggle for the security of the borders continues. In the statement, it was stated that 12 people were caught trying to cross into Turkey illegally at the Hatay border, and it was stated that “One of the arrested persons was determined to be a member of a radical terrorist organization sought at international level with a red bulletin”.

Source: CNN Turk https://www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/son-dakika-kirmizi-bultenle-araniyordu-sinirdan-gecmeye-calisirken-yakalandi

Access Date: 13.06.2021

June 14

NATO Summit

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with many leaders, especially US President Joe Biden, at the NATO Summit to be held in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on June 14. Erdogan, who will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of NATO member countries, will hold one-on-one meetings with US President Biden, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausea, Latvian President Egils Levites, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Erdogan is also scheduled to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In addition to the alliance in NATO, bilateral relations and regional issues are expected to be on the agenda during the talks. The priority agenda of the Turkish delegation led by President Erdogan at the NATO Summit will be respect for Turkey’s sovereignty and security sensitivity regarding developments in its region. At the summit, Turkey’s determination on these issues will be emphasized. It will be underlined that Turkey is a member country that fulfills its responsibilities within the scope of the alliance, and cooperation offers will be repeated to the interlocutors in the fight against terrorism and effective intervention in humanitarian crises. At the summit, where the opinion that the individual support of NATO and its allies should continue, will be conveyed to the addressees, it will be emphasized that Turkey will fulfill its responsibilities for the successful conduct of the peace process in this context.

Source: Hurriyet https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/galeri-nato-zirvesi-nedir-2021-nato-zirvesi-konulari-neler-nato-zirvesinin-detaylari-41831746

Access Date: 14.06.2021

After 24-hour silence, Sedat Peker reveals he was with ‘UAE authorities’

Following Sedat Peker’s disappearance from social media yesterday, reports circulated that he had been assassinated, kidnapped by Turkish intelligence personnel, or jailed by the UAE government. Peker said in his first Twitter in 24 hours, at 12.30 a.m., that “we had a talk with authorities” regarding several allegations against him. Peker claims to expose illegal crimes involving previous and present government leaders and entrepreneurs in his films and tweets, which are seen by millions of people. Political assassinations, international drug smuggling, sexual assault, and corruption are among his claims. “As there is no Interpol warrant for me, they said, I’m a visitor in Turkey like everyone else,” he said, denying allegations that he was apprehended in an operation by “intelligence officials and commandos.” “In any case, I am not a sought person under international law. As a result, our great state is unable to conduct an official operation against me. They treated me as cordially as they would any other regular individual ” Peker expressed. “We won’t stop telling this narrative if we don’t die and stay alive,” also he added in another tweet, adding that he will keep making videos.

Source: Bianet https://bianet.org/english/politics/245632-after-24-hour-silence-sedat-peker-reveals-he-was-with-uae-authorities

Access Date: 14.06.2021

June 15

President Erdogan’s visit to Shusha

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to the city of Shusha in Nagorno-Karabakh. Erdogan was welcomed here by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, yesterday evening, after the NATO Leaders’ Summit, which he attended in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. President Erdoğan and his wife Emine Erdoğan were welcomed by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Fuzuli prior to their program in Shusha. Erdogan and Aliyev then moved to Shusha together. As part of his two-day visit to Azerbaijan, Erdoğan went to the city of Shusha, the Cultural Capital of Azerbaijan, together with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in Shusha. Erdogan, who will be welcomed with an official ceremony by Aliyev at the Shusha Governorate, will hold talks with Aliyev. Within the scope of the visit, it is expected that some documents will be signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Tomorrow, Erdogan will meet with the President of the Azerbaijan Milli Majlis Mistress Gafarova and will address the Milli Majlis. President Erdogan will then watch the Turkey-Wales Euro 2020 Group A match, which will be played at the Baku Olympic Stadium with Aliyev, from the stands.

Source: Sputnik https://tr.sputniknews.com/asya/202106151044738344-cumhurbaskani-erdogan-susada/

Access Date: 15.06.2021

Joint statement after the EU-US Summit: We aim for a relationship with Turkey based on cooperation and mutual interest

A joint statement was issued between US President Joe Biden and the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen after the EU-US Summit held in Brussels, Belgium. The Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey were also included in the part of the international relations of the statement. The statement included the following: “We are determined to work hand in hand for a sustainable de-escalation of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, where differences must be resolved in accordance with good-faith dialogue and international law. We aim for a relationship with a democratic Turkey based on cooperation and mutual interest.” In the statement, China and especially Russia were given wide space. Expressing the intention of close consultation and cooperation in approaches to China, the statement said, “We are concerned about our common concerns, including human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet, erosion of autonomy and democratic processes in Hong Kong, economic pressure, disinformation campaigns, and regional security issues. We want to continue the coordination”. While the statement emphasized “unity” in the attitude towards Russia, it was announced that there was a plan to establish an EU-US high-level dialogue on Russia in order to coordinate the policies and actions of the USA and the USA. In the statement, it was emphasized that communication channels were kept open, that the EU’s eastern partners such as Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia would continue to be supported, and that they were in solidarity with the Belarusian people.

Source: HaberTurk https://www.haberturk.com/ab-abd-zirvesi-nin-ardindan-ortak-aciklama-3105335

Access Date: 15.06.2021

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