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Turkey: U.S. and EU Sanctions Developments – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – JDSupra

Key Points On December 14, 2020, in response to Turkey’s procurement of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia in 2019, the Trump administration imposed new sanctions on the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and four of its officers pursuant to the CAATSA sanctions provisions enacted by Congress against Russia in 2017. This follows …

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Turkey’s year of belligerence – Politico

Paul Taylor, a contributing editor at POLITICO, writes the Europe At Large column.  PARIS — It’s time to talk Turkey. A joint approach to reining in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dangerous adventurism in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Caucasus should be high on the European Union’s priority list for collaboration with the incoming …

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US and Turkey target each other in NATO meeting – Politico

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Turkey during a virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, accusing Ankara of stoking tensions with fellow allies in the Mediterranean and of giving a gift to the Kremlin by purchasing a Russian-made anti-aircraft system. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu fired back, accusing Pompeo of phoning …

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Turkey says Azerbaijan achieved ‘sacred success’ in Nagorno-Karabakh – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Tuesday that a deal to end more than a month of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh had secured important gains for its close ally Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia. The agreement, signed by Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, follows six weeks of heavy fighting and advances by Azeri forces. On Sunday, …

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Penny-pincher or deal king? Arnault gets his discount in Tiffany takeover – Reuters

Some observers said Arnault’s determination to win a discount from his pre-Covid offer price may cost LVMH, which has built an empire now comprising 76 brands, the ability to court future takeover targets in a highly fragmented sector boasting a large percentage of family-controlled companies.

Others however disagreed, saying Arnault – who is betting the French giant can restore Tiffany’s lustre by investing in stores and new collections – had still managed to get what he wanted. Tiffany also did not want to get bogged down in a potentially drawn-out judicial process whose outcome remained uncertain.

Putin calls for Turkish involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh talks – Reuters

Putin said on Thursday that “many countries, including Turkey and a host of European states” should work together to find consensus. Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, has demanded a greater say in talks.

“The first stage is to stop the fighting, stop the killing,” Putin told an online Russian investment forum.

Pentagon condemns Turkey S-400 test, Erdogan dismisses US criticism – DefenceTalk

“The US Department of Defense condemns in the strongest possible terms Turkey’s October 16 test of the S-400 air defense system — a test confirmed today by Turkish President Recep Erdogan,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

“We object to Turkey’s testing of this system, which risks serious consequences for our security relationship,” Hoffman said.

“We have been clear and unwavering in our position: an operational S-400 system is not consistent with Turkey’s commitments as a US and NATO ally.”

“Turkey has already been suspended from the F-35 program and the S-400 continues to be a significant barrier to progress elsewhere in the bilateral relationship,” Hoffman said.

Lobbying firm cuts ties with Turkey under pressure – Politico

Turkey and Azerbaijan aren’t bereft of lobbying power now without Mercury, which Turkey hired in January on a contract scheduled to run through the end of the year, according to a copy filed with the Justice Department. The firm was charged with helping to organize events that would let Turkey “connect with public policy stakeholders” and with advising the Turkish government on media relations.

Turkey also retains the lobbying firms Capitol Counsel and Greenberg Traurig while Azerbaijan’s government retains BGR Group, according to disclosure filings. The countries’ lobbyists include former Reps. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Charles Boustany (R-La.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Albert Wynn (D-Ma.).

Turkey Puts Missiles Spat at NATO’s Door on Eve of Key Meeting – Bloomberg

The S-400 row is just the latest flashpoint in Turkey’s relations with its allies in recent years. Others are rooted in the war in Syria and Washington’s refusal to extradite the Islamic cleric who Erdogan says orchestrated a failed coup in 2016.

But the Russia link has sparked concerns that Turkey’s determination to play a bigger role in its neighborhood is loosening its bonds to the West. Akar said the Russian missiles were a necessity and didn’t mean Ankara was drifting away from NATO.

Turkey’s fulfilling all the responsibilities expected of members, he said, including spending 2% of its GDP on defense. But it wants allies to “understand and address its security concerns.”

Analysis: Biden risk looms for Turkey’s Erdogan and beleaguered lira – Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey stands to lose more than most other countries if Joe Biden is elected president since he is expected to toughen the U.S. stance against President Tayyip Erdogan’s foreign military interventions and closer cooperation with Russia. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) meets with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan at Beylerbeyi Palace in …

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Turkey Moves Closer to Activating Its Russian Air Defense System – New York Times

With the firing of a test missile, Turkey appeared to ignore an agreement with the Trump administration to delay putting the S-400 system into operation. ISTANBUL — Turkey fired a missile as a test of its Russian-made air defense system on Friday, a United States official confirmed, a move that breaks an agreement with the …

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U.S. slams Turkey’s renewed seismic survey push in eastern Mediterranean – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday slammed Turkey’s renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, accusing Ankara of unilaterally stoking tensions and “deliberately” complicating the resumption of talks with Greece. “The United States deplores Turkey’s October 11 announcement of renewed Turkish survey activity in areas …

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