26.06.2024

Zelensky goes to Turkey with his son without a wife

Dad is preparing his son for a vacation in Turkey without a mom. How to behave properly, if dad wants to «come off», you need to go to the buffet hungry and with a bag and how much beer your son should bring to dad if the «aunt» is ugly.

Without Russian gas: TANAP gas pipeline launched in Turkey

On Tuesday, June 12, the first section of the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP) was officially opened in the Turkish city of Eskisheher, through which Azerbaijani gas will be delivered through Europe to Turkey.

The ceremony was attended by the presidents of five countries: Turkey — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Azerbaijan — Ilham Aliyev, Ukraine — Petro Poroshenko, Georgia — Georgy Margvelashvili, Ukraine — Petro Poroshenko, Serbia — Alexander Vuchich.

The TANAP project was implemented in three years with a budget of less than $ 8 billion. The total length of the pipeline amounted to 1850 kilometers. The pipeline is being built up to the Ipsala region on the border with Greece in the Turkish province of Edirne, where it will be connected to the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP).

TANAP gas pipeline launch ceremony

The initial throughput of the TANAP pipeline is expected to be 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year. About six billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey, and the rest to Europe. Over time, the capacity of the pipeline will double.

In the TANAP project, 51% belongs to the Azerbaijan Southern Gas Corridor CJSC, 7% to SOCAR Turkey Energy A.Ş, a subsidiary of SOCAR, 30% to Turkish BOTAŞ and 12% to BP.

Elections in Turkey were dishonest — OSCE

The presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey were dishonest, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said.

During the election campaign, the opposition was put at a disadvantage, while government political associations — the Justice and Development Party and the Nationalist Movement Party — were given undue advantage.

This is stated in an OSCE statement released on Monday, June 25, based on reports from observers.

A similar unequal situation was observed in the media when covering the election race. “The outcome of these elections was affected by the restriction of fundamental rights that we identified,” said one of the OSCE observers, Ignacio Sanchez Amor.

Nevertheless, OSCE observers are of the opinion that on election day, the rules were generally followed, with some exceptions.

According to the results of the vote count in the presidential election in Turkey on Sunday, June 24, the incumbent head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won with 52.5% of the vote. For his main rival, Muharrem Inje, 31.5% of the voters voted.

Life-long journalist released in Turkey

Mehmet Altan was in a pre-trial detention cell for a long time. The verdict in his case was issued in February. Turkish journalist Mehmet Altan, sentenced to life imprisonment in February, was released on Wednesday, June 27. According to the non-governmental organization P24, the reporter left the prison after almost two years in the pre-trial detention center before the verdict was issued.

“After 21 months, I finally regained my freedom, although I should never have been behind bars,” he said, adding that a successful outcome gave him hope for the triumph of “law and democracy.”

The Court of Appeal of Turkey earlier ruled to release Altan. Back in January, the country’s Constitutional Court concluded that his lengthy stay in pre-trial detention violated the rights of a journalist.

The sentence to Altan was handed down on the day of the release of Die Welt newspaper reporter Deniz Yücel. Together with his brother, the former editor-in-chief of the now-closed Taraf newspaper, Ahmet Altan, and the famous journalist Nazli, Ilychak Mehmet was found guilty of ties to the movement of the radical preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom authorities in Ankara accuse of organizing a coup attempt in 2016.

The verdict was sharply criticized by human rights activists, including the organization Reporters Without Borders.

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