I got goosebumps reading this.
Talk about an October surprise and a divine curveball - hmmm...
Turkey, Ukraine sign military cooperation agreementsTurkey and Ukraine signed military cooperation agreements in Istanbul on Friday, deepening a defense partnership seen as an effort to counterbalance Russia’s dominance in the Black Sea region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw the signing of a “goodwill” agreement concerning the defense industry and a “military framework agreement,” officials said, although details of the agreements were not immediately known.
“Turkey sees Ukraine as a key country for the establishment (of) stability, security, peace and prosperity in the region,” Erdogan said following the signing ceremony between the two Black Sea nations that have been enhancing military ties in recent years.
Zelenskiy said the agreements pave the way for “new opportunities.”
“Cooperation in the defense industry is important for the development of our strategic partnership and I am happy that we are strengthening it today,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.
Last year, Ukraine reached an agreement for the purchase of Turkish-made drones. The two countries are also reportedly engaged in discussions to develop an aircraft engine.
The signing of the agreements comes as the conflict in the Caucasus over Nagorno-Karabakh is putting a strain on Turkey’s relations with Russia. Turkey has backed Azerbaijan in the dispute, while Russia has a military base in Armenia and a security pact requiring Moscow to intervene if its ally is attacked.
In a delicate balancing act, Russia also has sought to maintain warm ties with Azerbaijan and avoid upsetting relations with Turkey.
Although Ankara and Moscow have developed strong economic ties and are accommodating mutual interests in Syria and Libya, the two have an often uneasy relationship and remain geopolitical rivals.
Erdogan on Friday reiterated Turkey’s refusal to recognize Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
“Turkey has not recognized Crimea’s illegal annexation and it never will,” Erdogan said.
Zelenskiy meanwhile, presented Erdogan with a state medal for his support for Ukraine’s “territorial integrity.”
< note > Is Turkey doing this to annoy Putin? Is Turkey doing this to ease Ukraine's fears about Russia? Is Turkey doing this to force Russia's hand?
Is Turkey doing this as "controlled opposition"? Is Turkey inching closer to expulsion from NATO and EU? Erdogan is clearly a madman on a mission.
Trust nothing Turkey ever does. They are fork tongued and prone to backstabbing playing both sides of the coin. As the saying goes, "The only friend of a Turk is another Turk."
It's a bit ironic that the head of the research division for their military has the surname Shalom
Could we soon be approaching the complete fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1???
Israel considers Bashar Al-Assad an enemy, ‘he should have been killed’: security officialAn Israeli security official told a newspaper this week that “Tel Aviv is not interested in assassinating the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah,” stating that “if we wanted to kill him … we would have actually killed him.”
The head of the Research Division in the Israeli Military Intelligence, Dror Shalom, said that Nasrallah is fully aware that Lebanon will lose if he opens fire on Israel.
“Iran is the source of unrest and crises in the region directly, through its nuclear project and precision missiles, and through its arms in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza,” the Israeli security official said in an interview with Elaph newspaper.
Shalom said that Israel considers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be its enemy, considering that “he should have been killed when he used chemical weapons,” as he claimed.
The security official’s comments came a week after Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad commented on the prospect of peace talks with Israel.
The Syrian President told the Sputnik Agency that he is not interested in peace talks until Israel returns the occupied Golan Heights to the Arab Republic.