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The Trajectory of Turkish-Western Relations after S-400s - Mensur Akgün | Al Sharq Forum

It is well known that Turkey has long sought to purchase long-range anti-ballistic missiles and American Patriot missiles had been on its shopping list since the early 1990s. However, Turkey could not reach an agreement with the United States and as far as I am concerned, technology transfer was the main hurdle in reaching a deal. Turkey showed interest in alternative Chinese manufactured systems, but mostly due to stiff opposition from the United States and some other NATO allies, Ankara decided to postpone the procurement.

Turkey-US deal: End to Turkish ambitions for an offensive into Syria? - Yasin Küçükkaya | Arab News

Yasin Kucukkaya, a Syria expert from the Global Political Trends Center think tank in Istanbul, said Turkey preferred an “unarmed diplomacy” with the US for a certain time in northern Syria.

“I think all relevant parties, including the Syrian Democratic Forces which include the YPG, were satisfied by the outcome of the negotiations between American and Turkish delegations, because any unilateral move of Turkey would bring damage on the ground,” he told Arab News.

Tensions Overshadow U.S. - Turkey Talks on Syria Safe Zone - Mensur Akgün | The Jerusalem Post

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations at Istanbul Kultur University and director of the Global Political Trends Center think tank, called it legitimate for Turkey to express fears over the YPG near its border.

“For any country… this would be a serious security concern,” he told The Media Line.

Akgun believes that Ankara is willing to go into Syria on its own if it cannot come to an agreement with the US, but that it prefers to avoid that option.

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Tensions Overshadow US-Turkey - Mensur Akgün | The Media Line

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations at Istanbul Kultur University and director of the Global Political Trends Center think tank, called it legitimate for Turkey to express fears over the YPG near its border.

“For any country… this would be a serious security concern,” he told The Media Line.

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US and Turkey seek to avoid rupture with Saudi Arabia - Mensur Akgün | Financial Times

A direct confrontation by Ankara would “would serve neither Turkey’s national interests nor be a solution to the problem”, according to Mensur Akgun, chair of the department of international relations at Istanbul Kultur University. He predicted that the outcome would be “a kind of political settlement — a compromise formula that will satisfy the Saudis as well”. 

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Khashoggi's reported killing: 'No state can ignore such a move' - Mensur Akgün | Al Jazeera

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations at Kultur University, said that the mild reaction to the incident coming from Trump was not unexpected. "Trump's track record, performance and relations with Saudi Arabia suggest that Washington is likely to merely use the Khashoggi case as a tool to get concessions from Riyadh in areas such as arms deals or convince them to pursue US policies."

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Tahran Zirvesi Sonrasında Türkiye-Rusya İlişkileri: Nasıl Bir Gelecek? - Mensur Akgün | ANKASAM

Gazeteci Mensur Akgün, Erdoğan’ın Rusya ziyaretini olumlu bir gelişme olarak yorumlayarak iki ülke arasındaki görüşmelerin sürdüğünü belirtti. Akgün, “Belli ki İdlib’de bir şekilde orta yol bulunacak. Hepimiz biliyoruz ki Rusya’nın Esad rejimi üzerinde ciddi bir ağırlığı var.

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Mensur Akgun, chair of the international relations department at Istanbul Kultur University, said the move would not affect Turkey’s power to acquire weapons it needs, but would bring a new crisis in bilateral ties. “Turkey has been producing its own weapons more and more as time goes by. Other high-technology weapons that cannot be produced in Turkey can be supplied by other countries. And Turkey is gradually increasing its weapon purchases from Russia,” Akgun told Al Jazeera from Istanbul.

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