Daily Memo: Russia-Turkey Talks, Palestinian Drills

Moscow and Ankara have plenty to discuss.

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Russia and Turkey talk. In the Russian resort city of Sochi, the foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey met to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including the situations in Libya, the Middle East and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as preparations for an upcoming meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Russia’s blacklist. Moscow has expanded its list of individuals prohibited from entering Russia to include high-ranking German security and intelligence officials. The move is a response to sanctions imposed on Russia after it allegedly hacked the Bundestag in 2015. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Germany could expect additional countermeasures if Berlin continues to take a confrontational line. Palestinian military drills. About a dozen Palestinian groups, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, conducted military exercises in the Gaza Strip to mark the anniversary of the 2008 conflict with Israel. The drills are ostensibly meant to demonstrate Palestinian preparedness for potential Israeli aggression. Pakistan talks to the opposition. Pakistan’s minister of information and broadcasting said the government has presented an agenda for a dialogue with “serious minded leadership” of the opposition. He noted that talks would be limited to those in parliament; non-officeholders would be excluded. Pakistani opposition forces have been […]

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