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Afghan children drown as asylum boat capsizes off Turkey

Posted December 09, 2015 06:30:45

At least six Afghan children have drowned following a rubber dinghy carrying asylum seekers sank off Turkey’s Aegean coast.

Turkey’s coastguard recovered the bodies of the kids but was nonetheless seeking for two other men and women reported missing, the country’s official state news agency mentioned.

The asylum seekers were apparently hoping to make it to the Greek island of Chios but their boat capsized in sturdy winds and high waves.

1 of the kids drowned was reportedly a child.

Turkey has stepped up efforts to cease asylum seekers leaving by sea, final week arresting three,000 folks who have been believed to be waiting to make the journey to Europe.

In a separate incident on Monday, the physique of a five-year-old girl washed up on a beach in Turkey.

In September the drowning death of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi sparked an international contact for a lot more to be accomplished to help folks fleeing conflict.

Germany is now the leading European destination for individuals fleeing conflict, repression and misery in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

It registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year.

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Turkey to keep troops in Iraq in spite of Baghdad’s protests

Posted December 08, 2015 06:18:40

Turkey says it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq regardless of being ordered by Baghdad to pull them out within 48 hours.

Essential points

  • Turkey will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers deployed to northern Iraq without having permission
  • Iraq says it will take case to UN Safety Council if troops were not withdrawn
  • Turkish presence a key embarrassment for Iraq’s prime minister
  • Turkey claims its troops are on a coaching mission

The sudden arrival of such a massive and heavily armed Turkish contingent in a camp close to the frontline in northern Iraq has added yet an additional controversial deployment to a war against Islamic State (IS) fighters that has drawn in most of the world’s significant powers.

Ankara mentioned the troops have been there as element of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight against IS.

The Iraqi government said it never invited such a force, and would take its case to the United Nations if they had been not pulled out.

Washington, which is major an international coalition against Islamic State that contains Turkey, Arab states and European powers like Britain and France, has told Ankara and Baghdad to resolve the standoff, and says it does not support deployments in Iraq without Baghdad’s consent.

The Turkish troops’ presence is an embarrassment for Iraqi prime minister Haidar Abadi, below sturdy stress from effective Iran-backed Shiite political groups to kick them out.

Shiite parties linked to militia groups armed and funded by Iran have also complained about US plans to station particular forces in Iraq to conduct raids and guide bombs against Islamic State.

Political stress on Mr Abadi could make these plans far more difficult to carry out.

Turkey claims presence ‘not a secret’

The troops arrived on Thursday with tanks and armoured personnel carriers at a camp in territory held by Iraqi Kurds near the Islamic State-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Ankara mentioned they were there to aid shield a training mission close to the front line.

“It is our duty to supply security for our soldiers supplying education there,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 television.

“Everyone is present in Iraq … The purpose of all of them is clear. Train-and-equip advisory support is becoming supplied. Our presence there is not a secret,” he added.

Mr Abadi has known as the Turkish deployment a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi stated Iraq was nevertheless waiting for Turkey to respond officially.

“In case we have not received any good signs ahead of the deadline we set for the Turkish side, then we keep our legal appropriate to file a complaint to the Security Council to quit this significant violation to Iraqi sovereignty,” he said.

A senior Turkish official stated Baghdad’s objections had come as a surprise: “There was no single improvement … that happened without having informing the central government.”

“The military personnel for training will keep. Not due to the fact we want them [there] especially, but since there is a demand from the Iraqi side,” the official added.

“The discussion with the central government nevertheless continues.”

He stated the total quantity of Turkish troops across Iraq was a lot significantly less than 1,000 soldiers, with some getting arrived from Turkey and other folks sent to the base from other parts of Iraq.

Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraq’s principal northern city and residence to around two million folks, in June 2014. An anticipated counter-offensive by Iraqi forces has been repeatedly postponed because they are involved in fighting elsewhere.

Reuters

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Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent more than the border

Posted December 05, 2015 19:48:32

The Iraqi government has demanded Turkey withdraw soldiers it sent over the border to an region in the country’s north controlled by Islamic State militants.

Turkish media reported that around 150 Turkish soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks had been sent by road to the Bashiqa region north-east of Mosul, the city that is the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group’s main hub in Iraq.

Peshmerga forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish area are deployed in the location, and Turkey’s Anatolia news agency said the troops have been there to train them.

The Iraqi premier’s workplace named on Ankara to “right away” withdraw the troops and tanks, saying they had been deployed without Baghdad’s consent.

“The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to … right away withdraw from Iraqi territory,” the statement mentioned.

“We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one particular armoured regiment with a quantity of tanks and artillery, entered Iraqi territory … allegedly to train Iraqi groups, without having a request or authorisation from Iraqi federal authorities.”

The deployment “is deemed a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

IS overran swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad last year, and Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes are battling to drive the jihadists back.

The Peshmerga are 1 of the most successful Iraqi forces in the anti-IS fight, but coordination in between them and the federal government in Baghdad has normally been poor.

AFP/ABC

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Erdogan says Turkey has ‘proof’ of Russian involvement in IS oil trade

Posted December 04, 2015 01:00:31

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he had proof Russia was involved in illegal oil trade with the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, countering “immoral” Russian allegations that his own loved ones was importing oil from the jihadists.

The Russian defence ministry on Wednesday accused Mr Erdogan and his household of involvement in the illegal oil trade with IS jihadists following Ankara’s downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes final month which plunged the two countries’ relations into a crisis.

“We have the proof in our hands. We will reveal it to the world,” Mr Erdogan mentioned in a televised address in Ankara.

“Appear, Russia has to prove that the Turkish republic buys oil from Daesh, otherwise this is a slander,” he stated, employing an Arabic acronym for IS extremists.

“The immoral side of this concern is involving my loved ones in the affair.”

Mr Erdogan repeated that he would resign if Moscow proved the allegation and mentioned it was in fact Russians who were involved in oil dealings.

“Who is buying oil [from IS]? Let me say it. George Haswani, holder of a Russian passport and a Syrian national, is one particular of the biggest merchants in this enterprise,” Mr Erdogan stated.

Russian officials hold a press conference Photo: Russian officials sit under a display displaying the Turkish-Syrian border throughout a briefing in Moscow. (AFP: Vasily Maximov)

In November, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Haswani, who was also placed on an European Union sanctions list, for serving as a middleman for oil purchases by the Syrian regime from the IS group.

Mr Erdogan stated “a popular Russian chess player” was also involved in the oil business with IS, with out giving a name.

“He’s also in this race,” he mentioned.

The new US sanctions also apply to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a wealthy Russian businessman and lengthy-standing president of the Planet Chess Federation (FIDE) who was formerly president of the southern Russian region of Kalmykia.

AFP

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Is Turkey acquiring oil smuggled by Islamic State?

Posted December 01, 2015 19:29:01

Oil infrastructure hit by bomb Photo: Aerial footage appearing to show rows of trucks near the Turkish-Syrian border becoming blown up surfaced in November. (AFP/Russian Defence Ministry)

A war of words has broken out amongst Russia and Turkey more than accusations that Turkey is buying oil smuggled by Islamic State (IS).

Essential points:

  • US Treasury official says Islamic State brings in $ 500 million per year in oil revenue
  • Safety analyst says there is massive black marketplace for IS oil in the West
  • Former Iraqi MP backs up claims by Turkish opposition MP that IS smuggled $ 800 million worth of oil into Turkey from Syria and Iraq

Russian president Vladimir Putin has accused Turkey of shooting down a Russian warplane last week out of a desire to shield these oil supply lines.

“At the moment we have received extra information confirming that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on an industrial scale,” he mentioned on the sidelines of the climate adjust summit in Paris.

“We have every single reason to think that the decision to down our plane was guided by a wish to make sure security of this oil’s delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers.”

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has attacked the claims as slander, and stated if there was proof that Turkey was co-operating with IS he would resign.

“We are not that dishonest as to acquire oil from terrorists. If it is confirmed that we have, in truth, done so, I will leave workplace,” he was quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency as saying.

“If there is any evidence, let them present it, we’ll take into account [it].”

So is there evidence Turkey is getting oil smuggled by IS?

It is no secret that IS rakes in a fortune from oil fields it now controls in Syria and Iraq. A US treasury official recently told a security conference in Aspen that IS brought in $ 500 million a year in oil revenues.

“Earlier this year [IS] made about $ 40 million in 1 month off of the sale of oil. So if you want to extrapolate that out, you can get to about $ 500 million in the course of a year, and this is all internally generated,” David Glaser, assistant secretary of the US treasury for terrorist financing, stated.

Safety analysts say Western black marketplace exists for IS oil

In September 2015, IS seized the last significant oilfield beneath Syrian government manage in a desert area north-west of the ancient city of Palymra and a area that holds Syria’s major all-natural gas fields and multi-million dollar extraction facilities.

Since taking manage of crucial locations of Syria and Iraq last year, IS has developed an illicit trade in oil sales.

Buyers are readily located in the West and tanker trucks are permitted to attain ports where oil tankers are waiting to load it.

Dr Norman Bailey, Haifa University’s Centre for National Security Studies and Geostrategy

Several safety analysts believe there is a large black industry for IS oil in the West.

“Islamic State’s barbaric conquests are financed by collaborators among the business and monetary circles of the West,” wrote Dr Norman Bailey, of the Centre for National Safety Studies and Geostrategy at Haifa University in Israel.

“Purchasers are readily found in the West and tanker trucks are permitted to attain ports where oil tankers are waiting to load it.

“All this requires prepared, willing and in a position collaborators among the company and financial circles of the West as well as surrounding nations.”

Dr Bailey was reluctant to name the ports or countries involved.

“This is not the place to name names, but the buyers and the facilitators and the financiers are not that hard to identify, so that if the opponents of Islamic State were really serious about carrying out anything about it, along with the occasional bombing raid, the IS could be starved of funds,” he wrote.

Turkish opposition politician claimed IS smuggled $ 800m of oil

In June 2014, a member of Turkey’s parliamentary opposition, Ali Edibogluan, claimed that IS had smuggled $ 800 million worth of oil into Turkey from Syria and Iraq, according to the Al Monitor web site.

He cited oil fields at Rumaila in northern Syria and other folks near Mosul in Iraq, saying that IS had laid pipes enabling it to “transfer the oil to Turkey and parlay it into money”.

“Turkey’s cooperation with thousands of guys of such a mentality is extremely dangerous,” he stated, according to the Al Monitor report.

Cash and dollars generated by selling Iraqi and Syrian oil on the Turkish black industry is like the oxygen supply to [Islamic State] and its operation.

Mowaffak al Rubaie, Iraqi MP

“Comparable pipes exist also at [the Turkish border regions of] Kilis, Urfa and Gaziantep … they take the oil from the refineries at zero expense.

“Using primitive signifies, they refine the oil in locations close to the Turkish border and then sell it by way of Turkey.”

Now, a former Iraqi member of parliament claims Turkey has backed up those claims.

“In the final eight months [IS] has managed to sell what is $ 800 million worth of oil in the black market place of Turkey. This is Iraqi oil and Syrian oil, and these are carried by trucks from Iraq, from Syria, by way of the borders to Turkey and sold … [at] less than 50 per cent of the international oil price tag,” Mowaffak al Rubaie said in an interview with the Russian channel RT.

“It has often been sold in the area of $ 21-22 for the barrel.

“Now this either gets consumed inside, the crude is refined on Turkish territory by the Turkish refineries, and sold in the Turkish market place. Or it goes to Jihan and then in the pipelines from Jihan to the Mediterranean and sold to the international market.

“Funds and dollars generated by promoting Iraqi and Syrian oil on the Turkish black market is like the oxygen supply to [IS] and its operation.

“After you cut the oxygen then [IS] will suffocate.”

‘No shadow of a doubt’ Turkey knew about smuggling

The former Iraqi MP mentioned there was “no shadow of a doubt” that the Turkish government knew about the smuggling operations.

“The merchants, the businessmen [are getting oil] in the black marketplace in Turkey below the noses, beneath the auspices if you like, of the Turkish intelligence agency and the Turkish safety apparatus,” he told RT.

Mr Rubaie also accused Turkey of offering health-related remedy to IS terrorists in Turkish hospitals along the border with Syria and even in “Istanbul itself”.

Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there — empty.

Russian president Vladimir Putin

“There are safety officers who are sympathising with [IS] in Turkey,” he stated.

“They are enabling them to go from Istanbul to the borders and infiltrate … Syria and Iraq.

“There is no terrorist organisation which can stand alone, without a neighbouring nation helping it — in this case Turkey.”

The Iraqi politician urged Turkey to come clean and join the international efforts to destroy IS.

Vladimir Putin meets Tayyip Erdogan Photo: Turkish president Tayyiip Erdogan (L) has labelled Russian president Vladimir Putin’s accusations as “slander”. (Reuters: Ivan Sekretarev, file photo)

The Russian news outlet said Mr Putin himself noted that it was “hard to think, but is theoretically feasible” that the Turkish leadership knew practically nothing about oil flowing into Turkey illegally.

“Cars, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” Mr Putin reportedly mentioned as he compared the views noticed by Russian pilots and drones to a “living oil pipe” stretching from IS and rebel-controlled locations in Syria into Turkey.

“Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks usually go there loaded, and back from there — empty.”

The RT site has photographs that appear to show aerial photographs of rows of trucks close to the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkey’s president Mr Erdogan has called claims that Turkey buys oil from IS “slander”.

“I will say anything very powerful right here. If such a factor is confirmed, the nobility of our nation would require that I would not keep in office,” he stated.

“The countries from which Turkey buys oil are effectively identified.”

Russia has imposed a series of financial and trade sanctions against Turkey in retaliation to the choice to shoot down the Russian war plane.

Subjects: terrorism, oil-and-gas, globe-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, syrian-arab-republic, turkey, russian-federation, iraq

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Turkey will not apologise for downing Russian fighter jet, PM says

Posted December 01, 2015 00:58:33

Turkey will not apologise for downing a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border, but Moscow need to reconsider retaliatory sanctions, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says.

“Protection of our airspace, our border is not only a right but a duty for my government and no Turkish premier or president … will apologise [for] undertaking our duty,” Mr Davutoglu told a joint press conference with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance’s headquarters.

Mr Davutoglu added that “we hope Russia will reconsider these measures in both our interests”, referring to the sanctions that Moscow imposed right after the shooting down of the jet last week.

“If the Russian side wants to speak, we are ready if they want much more information, we are ready if they want to normalise relations, we are prepared to speak,” he said.

Mr Davutoglu made the announcement right after Russian president Vladimir Putin rejected an invitation to meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Paris worldwide climate conference.

Mr Erdogan had known as for face-to-face talks with Mr Putin as Moscow and Ankara trade furious charge and counter-charge more than who was responsible for downing the plane.

Russia’s government on Monday laid out a lot more specifics of retaliatory financial sanctions aimed at denting Turkey’s important tourism and agricultural sectors as Ankara said that it had returned the physique of the pilot to Russia.

Moscow announced it will halt fruit and vegetable imports from Turkey soon after Mr Putin signed a decree over the weekend banning charter flights and the sale of package holidays, and scrapping Russia’s visa-free of charge regime with the country.

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev called the moves a “initial step” as Moscow also stated it would limit Turkish transport firms and tighten controls on construction contracts.

NATO chief Stoltenberg said that while Turkey had each appropriate to defend its airspace, the concentrate now had to be on avoiding any escalation as the allies attempt to forge a frequent front — possibly which includes Russia — against Islamic State (IS) jihadist fighters in Syria and Iraq in the wake of the Paris attacks.

“I welcome Turkish efforts to establish contacts with Russia to de-escalate … it is crucial to stay calm,” Mr Stoltenberg said.

“I urge Russia to play a constructive function in Syria by targeting IS, our widespread enemy,” he added, referring to criticisms by Western nations that Russia has been targeting non-IS opposition forces in Syria.

AFP

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Top Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci shot dead in Turkey

Posted November 29, 2015 ten:18:09

A leading Kurdish lawyer has been shot dead in south-east Turkey right after unknown attackers opened fire on a gathering in the primarily Kurdish province of Diyarbakir, neighborhood officials say.

The unknown assailants shot at Tahir Elci, head of the bar association in Diyarbakir, and 40 other activists as they were providing a press statement close to a mosque in the city’s Sur district, according to witnesses.

The police right away returned fire, they said.

South-east Turkey has been rocked by a new wave of unrest that has left many hundred individuals dead because a two-year-old truce in between Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fell apart in July.

Elci, who had been detained in October for alleged “terrorist propaganda” on behalf of the PKK, died at the scene of gunshot wounds, hospital sources told AFP.

Diyarbakir governor’s office said that one particular policeman was also killed and two police have been injured in the shootout.

“Elci lost his life throughout clashes that erupted at the identical place,” the statement said.

A hunt for the attackers was beneath way whilst clashes had been continuing all through the Sur district, where authorities have declared a curfew, an AFP correspondent reported.

State-run Anatolia news agency claimed that members of the PKK had been behind the incident, while the Dogan news agency, quoting witnesses, stated a bearded man had opened fire on the group.

In video footage released by Dogan, a man hiding behind the minaret of the mosque is seen shooting at Elci, 49.

Considering that June there have been three deadly attacks on pro-Kurdish activists blamed on the Islamic State (IS), like the October 10 suicide bombings at a peace rally in Ankara that killed 103.

Speaking right after the incident in western Balikesir province, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated he was saddened by the death of Elci.

“This incident shows how Turkey is proper in its determination in the fight against terrorism,” he stated.

Elci was released pending his trial more than an interview in which he mentioned the PKK, which has killed dozens of Turkish soldiers since the resumption of hostilities, was not a terrorist organisation.

“The PKK is a political movement which has critical political demands and which enjoys widespread help, even if some of its actions are of a terrorist nature,” he had told CNN Turk tv, sparking anger.

He had risked up to seven years in prison.

The separatist PKK, which launched an uprising against the Turkish state in 1984, is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, Australia, the United States, the European Union and a number of other countries.

The government began peace talks in 2012 with the imprisoned head of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, but the negotiations fell via in the run-up to the basic election in June.

Ankara unleashed a new air war against PKK rebels following a wave of attacks blamed on the group, destroying a 2013 truce and hopes of fresh talks to finish a conflict that has claimed 45,000 lives since 1984.

Since then, Kurdish fighters have staged nearly daily attacks against members of the safety forces, killing much more than 150 Turkish police and soldiers.

Kurds accuse his government of collaborating with the IS group, but Ankara denies the charges and has lately stepped up raids against IS suspects.

Crowds gather in the streets of Diyarbakir. Photo: Folks collect outdoors a hospital morgue right after Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci was killed. (AFP: Ilyas Akengin)

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Russia adopts retaliatory economic measures against Turkey over jet downing

Posted November 29, 2015 08:23:07

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory financial measures against Turkey more than the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.

The sanctions are “aimed at making sure national security and that of Russian citizens” and incorporated a ban on charter flights between the two countries and on Russian organizations hiring any new Turkish nationals as nicely as import restrictions on particular Turkish goods, according to a text of the decree released by the Kremlin.

Earlier, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had expressed “sadness” more than an incident which has severely strained relations, saying that “we want it had never occurred”.

The new measures come into effect from January 1, according to the decree which adds that “organisations below Turkish jurisdiction” will also locate their capability to operate in Russia curtailed.

Additionally, particular varieties of goods from the Turkish republic will be topic to “bans or limitations”. The list of impacted goods has not but been created public.

The Kremlin’s press service said Mr Putin had also instructed the government to “define a list of goods and solutions to which the financial measures against [Ankara] do not apply.”

It added that alongside “measures banning charter targeted traffic amongst Russia and Turkey” Mr Putin urged Russian tour operators to “refrain from proposing goods to Russian citizens involving a pay a visit to to Turkish territory”.

In addition, Turkish airlines will have to undergo increased controls in Russia “for safety causes”.

The decree also officially confirms that Turks will have to apply for visas to check out Russia, a move which foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had announced Friday.

Tuesday’s downing of a Sukhoi 24 jet on the border with Syria has caused a crisis in bilateral relations.

NATO member Turkey blasted the Russian jet out of the sky soon after claiming it crossed into its airspace and ignored several warnings to change course, but Mr Putin furiously denied the claims and demanded an apology which Mr Erdogan has rejected.

Mr Putin, whose government supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad whereas Ankara backs rebels fighting to topple him, described the incident as a “stab in the back committed by accomplices of terrorists”.

AFP

Map comparing conflicting flight path of the downed Russian jet Photo: Map comparing Turkey and Russia’s conflicting flight path of the Russian aircraft that was shot down, which Turkey says violated their airspace. (Reuters: SIN07)

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Turkey charges journalists with spying over Ankara arms supply claims

Posted November 27, 2015 11:45:38

A court in Istanbul has charged two journalists from the pro-secular Cumhuriyet newspaper with spying following they alleged Turkey’s secret solutions had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.

Do not worry, this ruling is nothing but a badge of honour to us.

Cumhuriyet newspaper editor-in-chief Can Dundar

Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and “divulging state secrets”, Turkish media reports said. Both men had been placed in pre-trial detention.

According to Cumhuriyet, Turkish safety forces in January 2014 intercepted a convoy of trucks close to the Syrian border and discovered boxes of what the day-to-day described as weapons and ammunition to be sent to rebels fighting against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

It linked the seized trucks to the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT).

The revelations, published in May, caused a political storm in Turkey, with an enraged president Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing Dundar would spend a “heavy value”.

He personally filed a criminal complaint against Dundar, demanding he serve several life sentences.

Turkey has vehemently denied aiding Islamist rebels in Syria, such as the Islamic State group, though it desires to see Mr Assad toppled.

“Don’t worry, this ruling is practically nothing but a badge of honour to us,” Dundar told reporters and civil society representatives at the court just before he was taken into custody.

If these two journalists are imprisoned, it will be added evidence that the Turkish authorities are prepared to use methods worthy of a bygone age in order to suppress independent journalism in Turkey.

RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire

Reporters With no Borders (RSF) had earlier urged the judge hearing the case to dismiss the charges against the pair, condemning the trial as “political persecution”.

The Cumhuriyet daily was awarded the media watchdog’s 2015 Press Freedom Prize just last week, with Dundar travelling to Strasbourg to obtain the award.

“If these two journalists are imprisoned, it will be extra evidence that the Turkish authorities are prepared to use approaches worthy of a bygone age in order to suppress independent journalism in Turkey,” said RSF secretary general Christophe Deloire in a statement.

Reporters Without having Borders ranked Turkey 149th out of 180 in its 2015 press freedom index final month, warning of a “unsafe surge in censorship”.

AFP

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Russia orders retaliatory economic measures against Turkey over jet downing

Updated November 27, 2015 00:59:06

Russia says it is preparing a raft of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey more than the downing of one of its warplanes, as tensions among the two nations heat up.

Turkey said its F-16 jets shot down the Russian plane under its guidelines of engagement, even though Moscow says the act was a “planned provocation”.

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev promised a hard response from Moscow, a key trade partner of Ankara.

“The government has been ordered to perform out a program of response measures to this act of aggression in the financial and humanitarian spheres,” he told a cabinet meeting in televised comments.

He said the broad punitive actions could incorporate halting joint economic projects, restricting economic and trade transactions and changing customs duties.

Measures would also target the tourism and transport sectors, labour markets and “humanitarian contacts”, Mr Medvedev stated.

“I propose undertaking all this in a period of two days so that we can move to setting up the proper procedures as quickly as possible,” he told government ministers.

Moscow has currently warned its nationals against going to Turkey and stepped up controls of Turkish agricultural imports.

Russia accuses Turkey of purchasing oil from Islamic State

The downing of the jet on Tuesday was one particular of the most critical publicly acknowledged clashes in between a NATO member and Russia for half a century, and additional complex international efforts to battle Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Mr Medvedev’s comments came as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied a Russian charge that Ankara buys oil from IS militants.

Mr Erdogan stated Turkey does not purchase any oil from IS, insisting that his country’s fight against the jihadist group is “undisputed”.

Protesters outside Turkish embassy in Moscow Photo: Protesters hold a placard and shout slogans in front of the Turkish embassy in Moscow. (AFP: Kirill Kudryavtsev)

“Shame on you. These who claim we get oil from Daesh (IS) are obliged to prove it. If not, you are a slanderer,” Mr Erdogan mentioned.

“There is no query mark right here. Nobody has the proper to dispute our country’s fight against Daesh or to incriminate us.”

Earlier the Turkish military released what is says are a series of audio recordings of warnings issued to the Russian jet shot down close to the Syrian border.

The crew ejected and 1 pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted to the ground.

A Russian marine sent to recover the crew was also killed in an attack by rebels.

The surviving pilot stated no warning had been offered and the aircraft did not violate the Turkish air space, though Turkey insists that it gave ten warnings in 5 minutes.

Mr Erdogan produced no apology, saying his nation had simply been defending its own safety and the “rights of our brothers in Syria”.

He created it clear that Turkish policy would not alter.

Russia has sent an sophisticated missile method to Syria to safeguard its jets operating in Syria and pledged its air force would maintain flying missions near Turkish air space.

Russia also released what it claims is the flight path the jet took, directly contrasting with Turkey’s version of events.

AFP/Reuters

External Link: Turkish military releases audio of warning sent to Russian jet

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