The Pentagon will go ahead with the first deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, despite the Senate voting to block sales of state-of-the-art aircraft to Turkey.
Zekine Türkeri, Marga Zambrana and Austin Davis, USA TODAY
Turkish voters head to the polls June 24 to decide whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even more control, in what is being called his biggest power grab yet.
In addition to Turkey’s deal with Russia on the purchase of S-400 air defense systems, Ankara has revealed hopes for the joint production of the next generation S-500 missile defenses. Sputnik has spoken with retired Turkish Air Force lieutenant-general Erdoğan Karakuş on the issue.
By CANSU ÇAMLIBEL, Hurriyet Daily News
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won every election in Turkey for the past 16 years. The current economic crisis means he is now in danger of losing his parliamentary majority — and re-election as president is far from certain.
By RFE/RL's Balkan Service
SKOPJE, - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Macedonian capital, Skopje, after the foreign minister signed a landmark agreement with Greece over the country’s name, suggesting a long road ahead before the 27-year dispute is finally settled.
By greek City Times
In the Prespes Lake district in northern Greece, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his counterpart from FYROM, Nikola Dimitrov, on Sunday, June 18, signed an agreement to change the Balkan country’s name in the presence of their Prime Ministers and foreign officials, to “The Republic of Northern Macedonia.”
The U.S. Senate has passed a major defense bill that would block the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter jets to Turkey unless it abandons a deal to buy S-400 missile-defense systems from Russia, drawing criticism from Ankara.