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Newsline: Germany summons Turkey’s ambassador over activists’ arrests

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Berlin over the arrests of human rights activists, including German citizen Peter Steudtner. The Foreign Ministry issued a sharply worded statement. The German Foreign Ministry said it had summoned Turkey’s ambassador in Berlin to protest the pre-trial detention of six human rights activists, particularly that of German citizen Peter Steudtner. “The Turkish government needs to immediately and directly hear the German government’s outrage and incomprehension as well as its crystal-clear expectations in the case of Peter Steudtner and, this time, without diplomatic niceties,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said. Schäfer said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had interrupted his summer vacation to attend government consultations over the Turkish court’s decision to jail Steudtner, a human rights trainer who was taken into custody earlier this month.

http://www.dw.com/en/germany-summons-turkish-ambassador-over-activists-arrests/a-39750214

Newsline: US lawmaker wants to block F-35 sales to Turkey over embassy brawl

A Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island is seeking to block the U.S. sale of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over an attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington two months ago. Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has proposed the ban as an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by the House Armed Services Committee last month. The House is expected to take up the bill and deal with amendments next week. Any approved amendments would then need House approval to join the bill, which would have to be reconciled with the Senate version after it passes the House.

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/us-lawmaker-wants-to-block-f-35-sales-to-turkey-over-embassy-brawl

Newsline: Turkish president condemns US decision to charge bodyguards after embassy brawl

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan furiously condemned the United States for charging two of Erdogan’s bodyguards for the bloody May brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. In a statement, Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs said the arrests of Erdogan’s bodyguards are “wrong, biased and lacks legal basis” following the melee that sent nine protesters to the hospital. “That the brawl in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s Residence was caused by the failure of local security authorities to take necessary measures; that this incident would not have occurred if the US authorities had taken the usual measures they take in similar high level visits and therefore that Turkish citizens cannot be held responsible for the incident that took place,” the ministry’s statement reads, according to reports. In televised remarks Thursday night, Erdogan furiously attacked his NATO ally for the arrests. He explained that his bodyguards’ presence at the brawl was merely to protect him, despite video that shows him watching from a nearby car while his guards are fighting. “Why would I take my guards to the United States if not to protect myself?” Erdogan asked. D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said that the violence at the embassy was unprecedented, and that the Turkish Embassy’s “self-defense” explanation wouldn’t fly.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/338093-erdogan-condemns-us-decision-to-charge-bodyguards-over-embassy-protester

Newsline: Turkish guards charged in embassy protests in Washington

D.C. authorities announce criminal charges Thursday against 12 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and the police force who authorities say attacked protesters outside the ambassador’s residence last month, according to two officials familiar with the case. Police officials say arrest warrants have been issued and that the suspects, all believed to be in Turkey, are now wanted in the United States. The charges come nearly a month after the clashes at Sheridan Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row. Police and other officials say various members of Erdogan’s visiting security team, some of them armed, attacked a group protesting his regime as police struggled to restore order. People injured in the May 16 attack and U.S. lawmakers have criticized the initial response, which was complicated by issues of diplomatic immunity and relations with Turkey, which is sure to be angry over the warrants. Officials at the Turkish Embassy in Washington could not be reached. Some critics were angry that police did not make more arrests on the spot. The U.S. State Department ordered a federal police agency to release two presidential guards taken into custody, saying they had diplomatic immunity.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/turkish-guards-will-be-charged-in-embassy-protests-officials-say/2017/06/14/fecee1ea-46d1-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html

Newsline: Turkish Police Identify 5 Suspects Connected to Russian Ambassador Killing

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has identified five suspects in connection with the murder of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov and is pursuing the possibility that one of the five might have ordered the assassin police officer to kill the envoy. Details continue to emerge regarding the assassination of Karlov, who was killed late on Dec. 19, 2016, as the prosecutor’s office has been conducting an extensive investigation to determine who was behind the murder. Prosecutors have determined five suspects who might have been in contact with the assassin.

http://plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=14098&SEO=turkish-police-identify-5-suspects-connected-to-ambassador-killing

Newsline: Turkey Summons US Ambassador Over Embassy Brawl

Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara on Monday to lodge a formal complaint with the U.S. for how it handled a brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week. Protesters who were demonstrating against the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were beaten by members of his security detail, though it’s still unclear how the fight started. Nearly a dozen people were injured, and the incident has threatened an already tense diplomatic relationship. Turkey’s complaint comes days after the U.S. summoned the country’s ambassador to Washington, and after several prominent U.S. lawmakers, including Arizona Senator John McCain, called on the U.S. to kick out the Turkish envoy. “We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged,” McCain said. Summoning the U.S. ambassador John Bass is a way for Turkey to lodge a formal complaint, but it also threatens to make an already-tense situation worse. A statement from the Turkish embassy in Washington called for a full investigation into the violence.

https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/05/turkey-summons-us-ambassador/527637/

Newsline: Calls to get Turkish ambassador ‘the hell out’ the US

Sen. John McCain said the US should toss the Turkish ambassador “the hell out” after a demonstration outside the envoy’s home in Washington turned violent and several protesters were beaten bloody. “We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America,” the Arizona Republican told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “This is the United States of America. This isn’t Turkey. This isn’t a third-world country. And this kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically.” The clash between the peaceful protesters and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s armed security guards took place after he appeared at the White House for his fist face-to-face meeting with President Trump. He said there should be repercussions against Turkey for allowing such a violent put-down of a peaceful demonstration and called for the attackers to be identified and criminally charged. The Turkish Embassy, in a statement on Wednesday, described the protest as “unpermitted” and “provocative.” Police in Washington broke up the melee, arrested two men and are pursuing charges against several others they are trying to identify with the help of the State Department and the Secret Service.

http://nypost.com/2017/05/18/mccain-turkish-ambassador-should-get-the-hell-out/