Withdraws US rates amid conflict between Boeing and Airbus

The United Kingdom has made a move and has done so to distance itself from the European Union and side with the United States in the commercial dispute that both parties maintain on account of the aid to Boeing and Airbus. London has announced that will suspend the tariffs imposed on American products in retaliation for that struggle starting on January 1, when the post-Brexit transition period will have concluded and the British are de facto outside the EU.

The British Department of Commerce has been the one that has made the announcement and blamed its decision on an attempt to reduce the escalation of an international trade conflict that hurts everyone. But the truth is that the decision represents a first divergence with Brussels in its commercial policy and points towards a possible movement of Downing Street to forge closer ties with Washington.

“Ultimately, we want to reduce the escalation of the conflict and reach a negotiated settlement so that we can deepen our trade relationship with the United States and draw a line on all of this.” It has been the explanation given through a statement by the Minister of Commerce, Liz Truss. A pronouncement that until now has not received a response from either of the other two parties involved.

London, which left the EU in January but remains in that transition period until December 31, joined the community bloc to apply tariffs to US products worth 4,000 million dollars in November. The measures were authorized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which had previously also given the go-ahead for the Americans to impose duties on European products worth 7.5 billion dollars.

However, London is now taking a turn of the wheel and suspending these tariffs on North American products and it does so, in addition, in the process of leaving the Trump Administration and in what The experts also interpret it as a gesture towards the president-elect, Joe Biden, with whom the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was not so aligned in principle. Meanwhile, US and European officials are holding meetings to try to resolve the dispute over the aircraft subsidies.

In 2018, Washington imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum sourced from the European Union, citing national security concerns. The EU, including the UK, retaliated with its own set of fees, arguing that the US concerns were unfounded. The London decision also comes in the middle of negotiations with the EU to try to reach a trade agreement to regulate their relationship from next year..


Macron and the Wrath of the Fishermen

Dhe threat is clear: “If the agreement is not good and does not meet our interests, especially the interests of the fishermen, we, France, like any other member state, could veto.” French European Minister Clément Beaune announced. President Emmanuel Macron gave him the stage on the issue of access to UK waters after the end of the transition period. But the President is closely monitoring the situation. The fishermen are an important reservoir of voters in France. A million people live from the sea. Like farmers, they stand for traditional France, which can hardly boil if it feels ignored.

Every president makes a pilgrimage to Boulogne-sur-Mer, the port city on the English Channel coast, during the election campaign. The location sees itself threatened by Brexit. Most of the fishing trawlers that bob in the harbor fish regularly in English waters. The previous offers of the British negotiators on future fishing rights are not enough for the fishermen.

400,000 tons of fish are processed every year

Boulogne-sur-Mer already boasts on the entrance signs that it has “the largest French fishing port”. Much more important for the city with 42,000 inhabitants is the fish processing industry with more than five thousand jobs. Around 400,000 tons of fish are processed every year in the large halls that stretch along the port basin. Around thirty percent of the fish comes from Great Britain.

That is why the chairman of the regional fisheries association, Olivier Leprêtre, fears above all a hard Brexit without an agreement: “We definitely need an agreement. Without an agreement, our fishermen face catastrophe. ”He therefore only supports the threat of veto as long as it remains a negotiating instrument. The fisheries processing industry was dependent on an agreement.

An employee in a fish processing plant in Boulogne-sur-Mer

An employee in a fish processing plant in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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For years the rulers in Paris have feared the anger of the fishermen in Boulogne-sur-Mer. The fronde of men and women from the coast feeds Euroscepticism. The region is a stronghold of the Rassemblement National. President Nicolas Sarkozy tried to calm the protesting fishermen with right-wing national theses.

A question of identity

In 2008 he questioned the EU’s fisheries policy. “Fishing is part of the French national identity”, he said at the time and refused to let the EU and its Scientific Advisory Council decide which fish stocks need protection and how the catch quotas are distributed. “It has to end with the fact that you have scientists on one side and fishermen on the other,” said Sarkozy.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex (center) together with the Mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Frederic Cuvillier (left), during a visit to the city last week

French Prime Minister Jean Castex (center) together with the Mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Frederic Cuvillier (left), during a visit to the city last week

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His successors, too, have always tried to calm the fishermen with subsidies. The French fishing fleet has around 8,000 ships. New cold stores have already been completed in Boulogne-sur-Mer, in which the hygiene and customs controls required for British fish will be carried out after the end of the transition period. To avoid long waiting times, the branch of the State Food Inspection Agency was expanded. But all planning does not threaten to appease fishermen’s anger if there is no agreement on fishing rights in British waters.


Ansarolá to Riyadh: London cannot protect you from Yemeni retaliation

Ansarolá rules out that the alleged deployment of British troops in Saudi Arabia could protect this regime against retaliatory attacks from Yemen.

“The deployment of UK forces in Saudi Arabia does not change anything”said Muhamad al-Bujaiti, a member of the Political Council of the Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá, in an interview with the Qatari network Al Jazeera, published on Saturday.

Al-Bujaiti made such a comment in reaction to a report published on Friday by the British newspaper. The Independent which reveals that the British Ministry of Defense, without notifying Parliament or the public, deployed soldiers from the 16th Royal Artillery Regiment on the territory of Saudi Arabia to provide support in the protection of oil fields from aircraft attacks unmanned (drones) from Yemen.

In fact, London and the Saudi Ministry of Defense and other international partners studied how to strengthen the defense of Riyadh’s economic infrastructure, after the oil facilities of the Saudi company Aramco were the target of an attack, with 10 Yemeni drones, on September 14, 2019, the report states.

For Al-Bujaiti, the United Kingdom, together with the United States, are basically members of the aggressor ‘coalition’, led by the Arab kingdom, against Yemen, which has plunged this country into a catastrophic humanitarian situation, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded.

Faced with this situation, Yemeni troops have promised to reinforce their military might and launched several attacks, with drones and domestically made missiles, against various Saudi targets, including its airports, bases and oil areas.

In this regard, the Yemeni official alerted the attackers to the continuation of retaliatory attacks by the Yemeni Army and Ansarolá. “All facilities [de los enemigos] they have become a legitimate target of the attacks, “he added.

For his part, the spokesman for the Yemeni popular movement Ansarolá, Mohamad Abdel Salam, warned, through a message on Twitter, that “Neither American and British weapons, nor any other force are capable of providing an umbrella to protect the aggressor Saudi regime”.

Abdel Salam emphasized that Riyadh will regain its security once it ends its bombing and blockade campaign against the poorest country in the Arab world.

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Erdogan: A painful fate awaits Turkey’s enemies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens Turkey’s enemies with a “painful fate” if they dare to approach their country’s soldiers.

“Whoever is trying to undermine our homeland, our flag, (…) must realize that a painful fate awaits him in the hands of our forces”Erdogan has indicated in a speech given this Friday during a military ceremony.

The Turkish leader praised the level of awareness and combat readiness of the Turkish Army commandos, then underlined that “the flag of any Turkish Army unit will not fall, unless the last soldier dies.”

These Erdogan statements come at a time of high tension in the region due to the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, where on September 27 the confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed.

Both parties have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1988, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, decided to become independent from the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1994, a ceasefire put an end to the conflict between these countries – with a death toll of 30,000 – but it did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.

Both parties signed a “total ceasefire” agreement last Tuesday to end the war in the disputed area. Turkey has been the only country to openly express its support for Azerbaijan since the start of hostilities in the region.

Ankara accused Yerevan of occupying Azerbaijani lands and promised “full solidarity” with Baku. In addition, there were reports of the transfer of terrorists through Ankara to Nagorno Karabakh, which could lead the region into a “full-scale war”, according to experts.

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Erdogan: Turkey will monitor truce in Nagorno Karabakh

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces that his country will participate in the supervision of the truce achieved in the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh.

The presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliev, respectively, as well as the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, signed an agreement of “total ceasefire” to end the war in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh from Tuesday .

Through a statement, the Turkish Presidency reported that Erdogan, in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, declared that Ankara will control, together with Moscow, the ceasefire in the disputed area between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

“Erdogan declared that Turkey will carry out together with Russia the control and supervision of the ceasefire on the platform of a joint center to be created (…) in the territory liberated from the Armenian occupation”, it reads in the text.

According to the note, Erdogan also emphasized that “a correct step” had been taken towards the solution of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, where on September 27 the fighting resumed.

It is important, according to the Turkish leader, that the Azerbaijanis return to Nagorno Karabakh and that a corridor be opened between Azerbaijan and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan.

Turkey, which has been the only country to openly express its support for Azerbaijan, since the beginning of hostilities in the region accused Armenia of “occupying” Azerbaijani land and promised “full solidarity” with Baku. Furthermore, there were reports of the transfer of terrorists through Ankara to Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1991, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, became independent from the then Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1994, a ceasefire ended the war between these countries, but did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.



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Lebanese analyst reveals why Turkey ignites conflict S. Caucasus – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

Sarkis Abu Zeid said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is adopting the policy of attacking more than one axis at the same time, such as in the southern Caucasus, the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Libya and Greece.

He noted that Erdogan is trying to expand Turkish influence and have a role in all these areas, so that he can make settlements and have interests on more than one level.

Abu Zeid explained in an interview with the Hawar news agency that Turkey is recently trying to stoke the conflict to profit from the conflict and disagreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan due to the presence of Turkish interests with Azerbaijan regarding oil and oil pipelines and other Economic interests. , and because Armenia has alliances with powers that have conflicts and differences with Turkey.

The Lebanese writer and political analyst pointed out that Ankara is trying to strengthen Azerbaijan’s role and provide human aid and weaponry, so that it can be in a position of strength when regional and international settlements approach, so that Turkey has an important role. and be able to negotiate on places that you are forced to withdraw in particular. In Syria, in exchange for profit in other countries that have a special strategic interest, Armenia.

Abu Zeid noted that the Turkish role aims to restore the glories of the defunct Ottoman Empire and is trying to intervene on more than one front to make it in a position capable of regional and international settlement, saying: “Therefore, all these Issues will expand and await the next arrangements, especially after the end of the US elections and knowing the US trend in the region.



Turkey withdraws from base in northwestern Syria

Turkey is withdrawing troops from a military post in northwestern Syria that was surrounded by the forces of the Arab country’s Army last year.

Ankara is pulling its troops out of an observation post in the town of Morek in Hama province, established by Turkish soldiers in 2018, but is consolidating its presence in other parts of the region, sources familiar with it reported Monday. the topic.

“The dismantling of the base has begun”, a senior Syrian opposition figure close to Turkey told the British news agency Reuters, adding that the withdrawal will last several days.

The source claimed that the withdrawal is part of Turkey’s attempts to “consolidate ceasefire lines” in an agreement reached last March between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the northwestern province. from Idlib, the last stronghold of Takfiri extremists.

Two other sources familiar with the operation, who preferred anonymity, said the recall began on Monday. “The Turkish Armed Forces are not considering evacuating another observation post at this stage”added one of them.

As indicated Reuters, said Turkish post and several others were surrounded last year by the advance of Syrian forces, which consider the Turkish troops as invading in their territory.

However, earlier this month, the Turkish president assured that Ankara will not cease the military operations that began in 2016 in the north of Syrian territory, despite the rejection of the Government of Damascus, chaired by Bashar al-Asad.

Ankara has repeatedly violated the ceasefire agreement, sending military reinforcements to Syria, attacking Syrian positions and even supporting terrorists. According to the latest figures from the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), Turkey has sent 6,280 military vehicles with thousands of soldiers to this Arab country since the truce on March 5.



Video: Turkey sends large numbers of tanks and artillery to Syria

Turkey is again sending another large military convoy to Idlib province, following further clashes with Russian troops in the northwestern region of Syria.

As reported on Thursday by the web portal South Front, a column of Turkish Army armored vehicles and trucks, loaded with weapons, logistics equipment, M60 Sabra MK II battle tanks Y self-propelled howitzers model T-155 Firtina, entered Syrian territory on Wednesday through the Greater Idlib region, located in the north of the province of the same name.

The outlet, which cites local sources on condition of anonymity, adds that the convoy headed directly to the city of Maratah, in southwestern Idlib, where the Turkish Army and terrorists from the so-called Syrian National Army maintain a large military presence.

The aforementioned city is also under the control of terrorist factions led by the so-called Levant Liberation Board (Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, in Arabic), affiliated with the Al-Qaeda gang.

So-called armed opponents describe this deployment as preparation for a possible military conflict with Russian Army forces in the region. “Russians usually start military operations in winter. As a matter of being prepared for any eventuality, we, with our Turkish allies, are taking all kinds of preventive measures.“Said a militiaman.

On October 4, Turkish troops, affiliated with armed and terrorist groups, exchanged fire with Russian forces in northwestern parts of Syria. Russia, in response, bombed several of its targets in the southern Idlib countryside.

The Turkish Government, which sponsored armed and terrorist groups from the beginning, is in direct confrontation with the Syrian Army and its allies since March 1, when he announced the start of a military operation in Idlib province.

Although said military intervention ceased on March 5 as a result of the ceasefire reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has repeatedly violated the agreement, sending military reinforcements to Syria and attacking Syrian positions.

The Government of Damascus, headed by Bashar al-Assad, condemns the illegitimate presence of Turkey in Syria, as the Turkish forces and the terrorists supported by Ankara frequently attack Syrian troops, that fight to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country and to eradicate terrorism.



Greeks and Turks: a difficult friendship | Europe | DW

My grandmother lived in the city of Ioannina, in the north of Greece. She was a wonderful woman who loved me very much and enjoyed cooking. However, every time I preferred to play soccer instead of having lunch, she would throw a strange threat at me: Eat that dish, if the Turk won’t bring you!

It was not until later that I began to understand the meaning of this threat: Ioannina was not ceded to Greece until 1913, following the Balkan Wars. Until then, my grandmother was a citizen of the Ottoman Empire. But “citizen” is not the correct word. The ruling Osmanli dynasty needed not self-assured citizens, but obedient subjects.

One of the apples of Greek-Turkish contention: Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, once an Orthodox church, is now a mosque.

At some point, the Greeks no longer wanted to accept it and rebelled against the Ottoman power. The uprising was not only successful, it became the founding myth of the modern Greek nation.

Obviously, every nation exaggerates its founding myth. People prefer to ignore their own atrocities and show off their achievements. That was probably also the case at the founding of the Republic of Turkey in 1922 or the proclamation of the German Empire in 1871, not to mention the Swiss creatives who simply invented the legend of the apple on the head of William Tell’s son.

Common Ottoman History: The Fethiye Mosque in the city of Ioannina, which only belongs to Greece since 1913.

Common Ottoman History: The Fethiye Mosque in the city of Ioannina, which only belongs to Greece since 1913.

Myths and historical facts

In Hellas, the myth says that the brave Greek soul triumphed over the Turks, who outnumbered them, with the support of the Orthodox Church. And, if you look at the result, that seems to be true. But every enlightened citizen should know that Greek independence would hardly have been possible without external support, without the destruction of the Turkish-Egyptian fleet by the great powers, at the Battle of Navarino in 1827, for example.

Perhaps that is why Ankara politicians today believe that Greece has always been the spoiled child of the West. Although in Athens it looks the other way around: Turkey is so spoiled that NATO still supplies it with arms, despite the fact that it occupies half of Cyprus militarily, has invaded neighboring countries, has elected a nationalist leader as majority attorney in Parliament and, on top of that, there is a dispute with Greece, another NATO partner, over gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean.

With military escort: the Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis, on its way to the eastern Mediterranean.

With military escort: the Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis, on its way to the eastern Mediterranean.

Clichés and politics

The cliché phrase ensures that Greeks and Turks have always wanted to live in peace with each other, but politicians do not let them. I don’t know if that is true. But I’ve often seen that many people on both sides of the Aegean feel a kind of longing for each other and find each other easily, be it through music, food, humor, or shared dreams.

In his highly acclaimed film “Politiki Kouzina” (“The Salt of Life” in Argentina, “A Touch of Cinnamon” in Spain; “Bir tutam Baharat” in Turkey), director Tassos Boulmetis tries to portray the suffering of the Greeks of Istanbul, without ignoring the Turkish sensibilities. Its symbolic figure is the Greek Fanis, who was expelled from Istanbul during the Cyprus crisis in the 1960s and who seeks social connections in Athens, but is insulted by his own compatriots as “Turk”, that is, as someone who ” does not belong”.

Longing and bitterness

The individual becomes the toy of political interests, the majority is silent. Everyone is saddened by what happened, but they don’t do much to change the course of fate. At Hellas, “Politiki Kouzina” was celebrated as a bittersweet emotional tape, mixing longing and bitterness. Perhaps with a reverse message for politicians: less emotion and more reason, please.

In the recent past, great emotions have not brought bilateral relations to fruition. In the early 1970s, for example, just during the military dictatorship, all of Greece sang the story of two friends, Jannis and Mehmet, who drink wine together in Istanbul and philosophize about the human and the divine. “You believe in God, I believe in Allah, and yet we both suffer,” Mehmet reflects.

The Green Line in Nicosia separates the Republic of Cyprus from the north of the island, occupied by Turkey.

The “Green Line” in Nicosia separates the Republic of Cyprus from the north of the island, occupied by Turkey.

A little later, the Athenian military staged a coup in Cyprus, Turkey felt called to intervene and occupied half of the island, in a clear violation of international law that continues to this day. And Jannis and Mehmet were left with nothing more to say (se).

Politicians instead of nationalists

Today, if the Greeks and Turks were to enter a military conflict again, both peoples would be the big losers.

Even the former arch enemies Eleftherios Venizelos and Kemal Ataturk did not hesitate to negotiate a Greek-Turkish confederation in the eastern Mediterranean. The concept is unlikely to be implemented, if only because it awakens the old Turkish fear of the division of the homeland.

However, developing new visions of the future is always better than the noise of military sabers. For this, however, talented politicians are needed, not pro-majority nationalists. And last but not least, enlightened and confident citizens are needed on both sides of the Aegean.

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