POLICE ARREST 12 SUSPECTS IN ALLEGED PLOT AGAINST MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER
Police in Istanbul detained 12 suspects including deputy mayor of Istanbul's Sisli district Osman Sefket Aslan in an alleged plot to assassinate Deniz Baykal, the outgoing leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Suspects, including the alleged hitman, Mithat Yilmaz, and Seref Yilmaz, who tipped-off the plot, are under interrogation.
ASH CLOUD CANCELS FLIGHTS IN TURKEY
Volcanic ash plume from Iceland has briefly cancelled flights in Turkish airspace over the Canakkale Strait and in the west of Istanbul to the Thrace region. The airspace remained closed for four hours.
PRICE OF RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS TO GO DOWN
One of the most important topics that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Turkish officials will discuss in Ankara on Wednesday is energy. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who is accompanying Medvedev in Turkey, said that they were working so that Russia's Gazprom made a reduction in the price of natural gas sold to Turkey. Sechin said that the amount of price reduction will be determined in talks with Turkish officials.
RUSSIA TO IMPORT 150,000 TONNES OF CHICKEN FROM TURKEY IN 2011
Russian Minister of Agriculture Yelena Borisovna Skrynnik said Tuesday Russia would import 150,000 tonnes of chicken from Turkey in 2011. Russia currently imports 57,000 tonnes of chicken from Turkey per year.
MEDVEDEV ARRIVES IN TURKEY WITH FOUR PLANES
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev began his visit to Turkey with a crowded delegation. More than 2,000 police officers were on mission in Ankara to guard Medvedev. During his visit to Turkey, Turkish and Russian officials will sign 12 memorandums of understanding. President Abdullah Gul hosted a dinner in honor of Medvedev at Cankaya Presidential Palace on Tuesday.
COMEBACK CAMPAIGN FOR BAYKAL
After Deniz Baykal resigned as the chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), a "comeback" campaign was launched for Baykal. Chairmen of the provincial branches of the party collected signatures to choose Baykal as the chairperson of the party. Some members went on hunger strike.
POLICE ARREST WOMAN SUSPECTED OF PLANNING BOMB ATTACK
Police have arrested a woman who is suspected of planning to blow up their headquarters in Istanbul. 20-year-old woman, identified as Dilan Sonsuz, reportedly received explosives training in PKK's terrorist camps in northern Iraq's Qandil Mountain and she was sent to Istanbul on the order of PKK head Murat Karayilan to stage the attack. Sonsuz was caught while doing reconnaissance around the police headquarters on the Vatan Avenue. She was sent to jail by an Istanbul court.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT IN TURKEY
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara on an official visit which is expected to see several deals between the two countries. Twelve agreements are set to be signed including those on construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey, mutual liberalization of visa and reduction in the price of natural gas Turkey buys from Russia.
MEDVEDEV IN ANKARA
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Ankara on Tuesday evening. Medvedev will sign 12 agreements with Turkey including one on energy. Turkey and Russia will also sign an agreement that will liberalize visa for stays up to a month.
KILICDAROGLU TO MEET WITH BAYKAL
All eyes have been turned on the deputy chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP) group Kemal Kilicdaroglu after Deniz Baykal resigned as the chairman of the CHP. Kilicdaroglu is expected to request an appointment from Baykal to learn about Baykal's road map for the upcoming CHP convention. Kilicdaroglu is among names considered for the chairmanship of the CHP.
FISCAL RULE READY
State Minister & Deputy Premier Ali Babacan announced that "fiscal rule" bill including an action plan for financial targets has been completed. Babacan said the fiscal rule had several parameters. The bill's main target will be to attain a budget deficit as 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Public deficit will fall by 0.33 percent every year. Growth rate will be 5 percent for every year.
MEDVEDEV IN ANKARA
Rapprochement between Turkey and Russia will yield favorable results today. President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia who arrived in capital Ankara on Tuesday and Turkish authorities will sign several important agreements today. Critical steps will be taken during Medvedev's formal talks in Ankara. Turkish and Russian officials are expected to sign agreements on establishment of nuclear power plant in Turkey and liberalization of visa between the two countries.
AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO BE SIGNED TODAY
President Dmitriy Medvedev of Russia arrived in capital Ankara on a formal visit. Medvedev was welcomed by Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and officials at Esenboga Airport in Ankara. Turkish authorities and Russian President Medvedev will sign significant agreements. Yildiz said there was no problem regarding an agreement on nuclear power plant that would be established in Turkey and it would probably be signed by Turkish and Russian authorities.
NEED FOR NEW BEGINNING
In an interview with daily HURRIYET, Deniz Baykal who resigned as chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said that he would not be candidate at the convention of CHP. Replying to a question on expectations that he could return to his post, Baykal said, "I have made a decision. The party needs a new beginning in accordance with this decision." Answering a question on his future contributions to the party, Baykal said he was ready to extend any kind of support to CHP.
FORMER OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS WANTS FRESH START FOR HIS PARTY
Deniz Baykal, former leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who resigned as chairman after a video tape allegedly featuring him having an affair with a fellow CHP lawmaker, said he wanted "a young and dynamic cadre" to assume the leadership of the party. Baykal said he would extend any help to such a leadership. "I want my party to make a new and a fresh start. The ideal thing is that a single candidate is shown but it might be two as well," Baykal reportedly told his aides.
TURKEY, RUSSIA SET TO SIGN NUCLEAR DEAL
An agreement is expected to be signed on Wednesday between Turkey and Russia on construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said there was "no problem" regarding the agreement to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant. "We are working to get results. I hope we would sign an agreement on Wednesday," Yildiz said.
VERY SPECIAL DINNER FOR MEDVEDEVS
Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has arrived in Ankara on Tuesday with a delegation of 224 people in three airplanes. President Abdullah Gul hosted Dmitriy Medvedev and his wife at a dinner in the Residence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Medvedev will hold talks on Wednesday. Medvedev said Turkey was Russia's most important economic partner.
FIRST CRITICAL MOVE COMES FROM ANKARA
After the protocols between Turkey and Armenia were suspended, the first critical move came from Ankara. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan on May 17. The Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) joined diplomatic efforts in the Caucasus. PACE President Mevlut Cavusoglu will begin a tour of Armenia, Georgia and Russia to strengthen the relations between the parliaments of these three countries and the PACE. Cavusoglu will give the message in Yerevan that "dialogue is needed for peace and stability in the Caucasus".
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