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Yasar Yakis

Yasar Yakis is a former foreign minister of Turkey and founding member of the ruling AK Party.

Twitter: @yakis_yasar

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Turkey, Armenia, and why Biden used the ‘G’ word

Every year, as April 24 draws near, hasty preparations are made in Turkey to counter what the countries with strong Armenian communities will do to commemorate the day. This date is the anniversary of the relocation in 1915 of Armenians living in the eastern Ottoman provinces.

May 02, 2021

Turkey slides down the EU’s agenda

In an effort to improve its relations with EU countries, Turkey last year withdrew its seismic exploration ship from the eastern Mediterranean, while claiming that this withdrawal was only for maintenance purposes. However, it is unclear what will happen when the maintenance is complete.

April 04, 2021

Erdogan’s eye on next Turkish election

The Turkish government has taken several initiatives in an attempt to increase its support ahead of the general election to be held in 2023.

March 28, 2021

New warmth in Ankara and Cairo

Turkey this month sent the strongest message yet indicating its desire to improve relations with many Arab countries, particularly Egypt.

March 21, 2021

Russia tightens its grip on Armenia

A crisis was expected in Armenia after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, and it did not take long to arise. It started as an arm-twisting exercise between the civilian and military authorities of Armenia but evolved to further consolidate Russia’s influence in the country.

March 07, 2021