Peskov did not confirm there would be a telephone conversation between Putin and Erdogan

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not confirm a possible phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as the possibility of discussing a large exchange of prisoners of war from Russia and Ukraine, APA’s Moscow correspondent reports.

Peskov said that they did not announce Putin’s international phone calls in advance.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Ankara urges US to preserve balance in ties with Türkiye, Greece

The US should take care to keep its relations between Ankara and Athens balanced, Türkiye’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

The US had “a balanced policy (in the relations between Türkiye and Greece). An ally like the US needs to pay attention to (preserve) these balances,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu, referring to media reports on the possible US sale of F-35 fighter jets to Athens, while speaking at a joint press conference with the foreign minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bisera Turkovic, in the capital Ankara.

Cavusoglu underlined that this balance had started to deteriorate, as had that between Turkish and Greek Cypriots on Cyprus.

Emphasizing that Ankara was not interested in “who is selling weapons to which side,” he said: “What matters to us is our strength, what we do, what steps we take for our interests. This is what matters to us.”

At an upcoming visit to Washington on Wednesday, Cavusoglu said he would hold the second ministerial-level meeting of the Türkiye-US Strategic Mechanism with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In its efforts to procure new F-16 fighter jets and modernization kits, Ankara has reached “an agreement with the US administration in every sense. We expect it to pass (in Congress) uneventfully.”

If the US administration stands firm, “there will be no problem,” he said, adding: “We do not want to buy products from any country conditionally.”

Ankara’s pursuit of F-16 jets is “important not only for Türkiye but also for NATO,” he added.

The US State Department sent Congress its decision on the potential sale of F-16 fighter jets to Türkiye for tiered review, sources told Anadolu on Friday.

The notification on the sale has been conveyed to the chairs and ranking members of relevant committees in the House of Representatives and Senate, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The State Department is expected to officially announce its notification next week. The congressional notification of the sales will start a 15-day window for lawmakers to raise objections.

Ankara requested F-16s and modernization kits in October 2021. The $6 billion deal would include 40 jets and modernization kits for 79 warplanes that the Turkish Air Force already has in its inventory.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijani sector of Caspian Sea has 157 gigawatt of wind energy

“27 gigawatt of wind and solar onshore, 10 gigawatt of wind and solar energy in the territories which have been liberated during the Patriotic War of 2020, and 157 gigawatt of wind energy in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea – almost 200 gigawatt of potential,” said President Ilham Aliyev as he addressed the official opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, APA reports.

“Of course, we need to have enough export routes. And of course, to implement all of these projects in stages,” the head of state noted.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Postage stamp marking “Year of Heydar Aliyev” issued in Estonia

The Estonian national postal service (Omniva) has issued a postage stamp marking the “Year of Heydar Aliyev”, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Tallinn told AZERTAC.

The postage stamps, which read “Haidar Alijevi aasta – 100” (Year of Heydar Aliyev – 100) in Estonian language, has officially been put into circulation in Estonia.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Türkiye’s Consul Generals to Ganja and Nakhcivan presented their credentials to Azerbaijan’s MFA

Türkiye’s new Consul General to Nakhchivan, Asip Kaya and newly appointed Consul General to Ganja, Recep Oztop presented their credentials to Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), APA reports citing Türkiye’s Embassy in Azerbaijan.

“Our Consul General to Nakhchivan, Asip Kaya and Consul General to Ganja, Recep Oztop who are on a visit to Baku for presenting their credentials to Azerbaijani MFA’s Protocol Department paid a visit to our ambassador Cahit Bagci. The ambassador wished them succes in their duties,” reads the Embassy’s information.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency