World Bulletin / News Desk
Two Russian warships on their way to the Black Sea have passed through Istanbul's Bosphorus staits.
Russia's 'Saratov' and 'Yamal' ships sailed unaccompanied through the Marmara Sea before entering the Bosphorus straits at 07:30 local time (05:30 GMT).
The two ships, which were usually based in the eastern Mediterranean to monitor developments in Syria, are now on their way to Crimea due to the latest situation there.
At the same time a Ukrainian ship called 'Hetman Sahaidachny' entered the straits at Canakkale (Gallipoli) on its way to the Marmara Sea.
Thousands of Russian troops have been deployed to the Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, after Russia’s Parliament passed a motion on Saturday.
Due to prior agreements, the Bosphorus straits are recognized as international waters despite cutting through the middle of Turkey's most populated city, Istanbul.
The Bosphorus is a key strategic passage between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkish F-16s intercept Russian jet
Eight Turkish F-16 fighter jets intercepted a Russian reconnaissance plane that had flown parallel to Turkish coast in international airspace on Tuesday.
Turkey's General Staff said on its website that an IL-20-type reconnaissance jet had flown parallel to Turkey's Black Sea coast in international airspace.
The Turkish Air Force responded by sending eight F-16 fighter jets to intercept it, the statement said.
Turkish FM: We will always stand by Crimean Tatars
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday that Turkey will always stand by the Crimean Tatars, as he met with nearly 50 representatives of Crimean Associations.
Turkey supports and encourages the return of Tatars in their homeland Davutogllu said, adding that the current Turkish President and Prime Minister are saying that do not even think that we can stay indifferent to any matter related to our compatriots in Crimea or anywhere in the world.
“Wherever our brothers and sisters are suffering we will be the first to help them,” Davutoglu said.
The Crimean Tatars fear exile again if the Crimea region of Ukraine is going to stay occupied by Russia. The 280,000 Crimean Tatars living in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea constitute close to 13 percent of the total population, according to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.
Muslim minority Tatars are manning the streets and mosques as they fear a repeat of the exile they faced in 1944 under Stalin, which saw them scattered in labor camps across the barren steppes of Central Asia.
Turkish Deputy PM: Stability in Ukraine important for Turkey
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler said on Monday that Turkey respects Ukraine's territorial integreity and stability.
Isler spoke at a visit to the Ankara Organized Industrial Region for local election campaigns.
“Ukraine’s territorial integrity, stability and prosperity are crucial for Turkey’s foreign policy,’’ Isler said.
''Ukraine’s political stability is very important for the other eastern European countries because they face the risk of separation due to ongoing political turmoil.”
He also emphasized that Crimea is part of Ukraine's territory and said consensus could help solve the problems.
Turkish Airlines has decided to suspend its Tel Aviv flights for a 24-hour period
The US again slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks in which he compared Israel’s military attacks on Gaza Strip to the acts of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Muslims can no longer be unified under the rule of a single ruler like a caliph but could emulate political blocs like the European Union, Gormez said
Turkish president calls for urgent ceasefire as country starts three days of mourning for Gaza dead.
At least 76 officers were detained in 22 provinces around the country on suspicion of forming a criminal organisation and illegally bugging phones
Turkish dailies on Tuesday continued to give wide coverage to the Israeli offensive in Gaza, the upcoming Turkish presidential election and a Malaysian airliner which was downed over eastern Ukraine.
Turkey's government announced a three-day period of national mourning, starting on Tuesday, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
The attack on southeastern Sanliurfa city leaves twoTurkish soldiers on border duty dead and injured two others late on Monday.
A man died and another 65 people were injured in a gas truck explosion on Diyarbakir-Bingol highway.
Turkey's telecoms regulator has blocked access to 110 web sites over last five years for providing illegal online gambling.
'We strongly condemn this massacre, which has reached the cruelest level in collective punishment,' says Turkey's foreign ministry.
Erdogan said he will not act according to conventions. Rather, he will act according to the constitution.
Turkish dailies on Monday focused on Israel’s military operation in Gaza plus Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the upcoming presidential elections.
Erdogan criticized Egypt's al-Sisi, accusing him of blocking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The Kurecik early warning radar system in eastern Malatya province does not share information with non-NATO members, the Foreign Ministry said.
Turkish government has not sold jet fuel to Israel, Energy Ministry said