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FarsNews Agency Armenia to Replace Turkey with Iran for Import of Over 2,000 Goods – FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) said Armenia has announced that it will replace 2,250 Turkish products with Iranian goods in reaction to the recent Turkish sanctions. “Due to Turkish sanctions, Armenia has planned to replace Iranian goods with 2,250 products imported from Turkey,” the Iranian official said, adding that this will be …

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China’s new Silk Road outlook includes Pakistan-Iran-Turkey railways networks – IRNA

The 10th meeting of high ranking Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Railway Project workgroup, better known as the ECO Train was recently convened aimed at the urgent revival of this major regional economic plan. The spokesman of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry expressed certainty during his last week’s press conference that the ECO Train project will be put to use …

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Turkey, Iran, Pakistan rail link to China’s Belt and Road – Nikkei Asia

KARACHI — The governments of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan will revive a transnational rail service linking Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad in 2021. The ITI transnational railroad is expected to enhance connectivity with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by providing a rail connection between China and Turkey, Nikkei Asia has learned. The roots of this …

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The Turkish Offensive Against the Syrian Kurds – the Lost War of the West in Syria – Institut Montaigne

Before the Turkish offensive in Northeast Syria on 9 October 2019, the United States and its allies had already undoubtedly suffered a series of defeats in Syria: the man they had seek to remove, Bashar al-Assad, was still in place; the countless crimes perpetrated by his regime and supporters had gone unpunished; declared opponents of the …

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Thanks to Erdogan, Turkey hasn’t been this isolated for 50 years – Haaretz.com

Not since Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus has Ankara been so internationally isolated.  Last week, Washington slapped Turkey, a fellow member of NATO, with CAATSA sanctions for purchasing, receiving and testing Russian S400 missile defense batteries. Meanwhile, the EU hit Ankara with moderate sanctions of its own, a move akin to a final written warning before more hard-hitting measures are taken.   The …

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Arab States Against Turkey – Polish Institute of International Affairs

In September, Egypt called on Arab states to create common, assertive policy against Turkey. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco began to boycott Turkish imports. These moves stem from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly interventionist policy towards Arab states and the Mediterranean region. The escalating dispute puts the EU in …

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Europe Hopes Biden Will Reset on Iran and Tame Turkey – The German Marshall Fund of the United States

[…] In pre-Trump times, disputes between Turkey and Greece were typically resolved by a firm U.S. hand, most recently in 1996 when frenetic shuttle diplomacy by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke diffused the risk of military escalation. Over the last couple of years, however, long-standing disputes in Aegean Sea morphed into a complex bundle of intersected conflicts involving various sovereignty issues, gas exploration, the Libyan civil war, and broader geopolitical dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the face of this metastasizing challenge directly involving two of its member states, the EU has been scrambling over the best strategy to get Turkey in line without putting at risk the 2016 migration deal with Ankara or the integrity of NATO.

Concerned over any erosion of NATO’s ability to deter Russia, the Biden administration might seek to take a more hands-on approach on the conflict between Athens and Ankara in the context of a reviewed Turkey policy. Biden’s advisors have underlined the resolution of the Eastern Mediterranean quagmire as a fundamentally transatlantic problem that must be tackled jointly. […]

Naguib Sawiris says Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be ‘new Ottoman emperor’ – CNBC

In strongly worded criticism, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris this week said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making a “very big mess” in the Middle East by interfering around the region. A Turkish official said, “President Erdoğan leads our Nation accordingly and claims to the contrary are baseless.” Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris leveled strongly worded …

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Analysis: Putin draws Erdogan a red line on Russia’s southern flank with Karabakh deal – Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has brokered a Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal that locks in territorial gains for Turkey-backed Azerbaijan. In doing so, he has thwarted a stronger Turkish presence in a region Moscow views as its backyard. Six weeks of heavy fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave have tested …

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Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts? – The Jerusalem Post

The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might happen. Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the world what might …

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Proxy Wars: How Turkey and Iran Employ Militias Abroad – The National Interest

On October 17 protestors stormed the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Baghdad, attacking Iraq’s largest Kurdish political party. The protestors are linked to the Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).  Two days later, the bodies of ten people from Iraq’s Sunni majority Salahuddin province were discovered. The kidnapping and murder of these …

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Zarrab Was Not the Only Iranian Ringleader to Exploit Turkey’s Permissive Jurisdiction – Radio Farda

Reza Zarrab, the Turkey-based ringleader of Iran’s sanctions-evasion network who laundered over $20 billion in the biggest sanctions-evasion scheme in recent history, continues to make headlines. A series of deeply researched exposés published in September by a global network of investigative journalists show that Tehran’s Turkish operations “started earlier, lasted longer, extended further, and involved …

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