Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has warned that all military and economic measures are on the table against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), arguing that Masoud Barzani’s decision to go ahead with the vote was “betrayal to Turkey.” “Frankly, we did not give credence until the last moment that Barzani would make a mistake like this,” Erdoğan said on Sept. 26 in Ankara, once again noting that the referendum is “null and void” regardless of the result. Source Hurriyet Dailynews
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday it was important for Turkey to remain part of the NATO security alliance and continue its orientation toward Europe despite current tensions between the two countries. Source: Daily Sabah
China’s GDP rose from 54 trillion to 80 trillion yuan (about 12.1 trillion U.S. dollars) over the past five years, Xi Jinping said Wednesday. Source: People’s Daily
Turkey’s overseas assets rose by 5.1 percent in the first eight months of 2017, the Central Bank said on Oct. 17. The country owned external assets worth $226.5 billion at the end of August, compared to $215.5 billion at the end of last year. Source: Hurriyet Daily News