#AceFinanceNews – ANKARA – April 18 – Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz has said Turkey would like to discuss possible discounts for the Russian gas current price at the upcoming talks scheduled for next week.
“The agreement, we signed with the Russian side, offers to us a right to request revision of gas prices. We shall pass the request to Gazprom’s representatives,” Yildiz said on Friday.
Russia was Turkey’s biggest gas supplier, he said.
#AceFinanceNews – TURKEY – March 28 – Turkey has sacked Murad Bayar, Defence Ministry under-secretary for the state-run defence industries, Reuters said.
The ministry did not give a reason for the decision, but Bayar had been influential in Turkey’s negotiations with China over the procurement of a missile defence system.
NATO allies voiced concern when Ankara said in September, it had chosen China’s FD-2000 missile defence system over rival offers from the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T and US-listed Raytheon Company.
#AceFinanceNews – TURKEY – March 25 – A compensation deal for Turkish victims of a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza aid flotilla four years ago will soon be signed, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Tuesday.
“We have received a final agreement document from Israel,” Arinc was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper.
After next Sunday’s local elections, “our first job will be making sure the compensation is bound by a legal document,” the official added.
Talks on compensation over the nine Turks killed in the raid began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Ankara.
Background to the Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised to the Turkish people for “any errors that could have led to loss of life” during the commando raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip on 31 May 2010. Nine activists were killed and dozens wounded, when Israeli troops boarded the lead ship as it attempted to breach the naval blockade of the Palestinian territory. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10203726
The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” on 31 May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_flotilla_raid
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