2016: Turkey’s year of mega-projects

27 December 2016 0

With the completion of Istanbul’s third transcontinental bridge, the Istanbul-Izmir Highway Project — the world’s fourth longest suspension bridge — plus the Eurasia and Ilgaz Mountain tunnels, 2016 was Turkey’s year of mega projects. Ilgaz tunnel opens: Dec. 26 The Ilgaz Mountain project, consisting of two tunnels — one 5,370 meters long and the other 5,391 meters long — was constructed to connect Turkey’s West Black Sea and Central Anatolia regions. The tunnel will significantly Read More

Russian plane missing from radar crashes in Black Sea

25 December 2016 0

A Tu-154 aircraft of the Russian Defense Ministry has crashed in the Black Sea after it disappeared from radar, regional emergency service said Sunday. “The debris of the Tu-154 found in 1.5 km from Sochi coast,” the service was quoted as saying by the country’s official TASS news agency. With 91 people on board, the aircraft disappeared from radar shortly after leaving Russian city of Sochi, it said. The aircraft was en route to Syria’s Read More

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree on joint Syria declaration

20 December 2016 0

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia, Turkey, and Iran agreed on a “joint declaration” to find a solution in Syria. Lavrov’s remarks came following a trilateral meeting on Syria with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow. He said a joint declaration was agreed on to find a solution in Syria. “Turkish-Russian-Iranian cooperation ensures the evacuation of civilians and armed groups from eastern Aleppo,” said Lavrov.  He said Read More

Erdogan calls Russian envoy’s murder a ‘provocation’

19 December 2016 0

The shooting dead of Moscow’s ambassador in Ankara is a provocation designed to destroy Turkish-Russian normalization, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Anadolu Agency late on Monday.  Erdogan “strongly” and “vehemently” condemned the assassination of Andrey Karlov on Monday evening. “Both Turkey and Russia have the will not to be deceived by this provocation,” Erdogan said.  “I believe this is an attack on Turkey, the Turkish state and the Turkish people, and also a clear provocation Read More