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Salil Shetty - Amnesty International
Over the last 24 hours we have seen the twin hands of Turkey's fickle justice system at play. While one grants liberty, the other, confronted with no less baseless charges, takes it away. [Last night's verdict] restored some faith in Turkey's justice system. Today, that faith has been washed away. Turkish authorities have repeatedly and publicly presumed Taner Kılıç's guilt, on the basis of innuendo and unsupported allegations.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
“Whoever drinks alcohol is an alcoholic.” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking about Turkey. It’s one of the 809 quotes about Turkey you can find on this page. 424 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Angela Merkel and Sigmar Gabriel. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This is ostensibly a trial of 10 human rights defenders attending a workshop on an island in Istanbul, but in fact it is the Turkish justice system and the Turkish authorities that are on trial here today.feedback

Ali Garawi

I have devoted my life to alleviating the effects of war because of the trauma I went through as a young child, only to come here and experience extreme pain for the last three and a half months.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Tonight we take a brief moment to celebrate but tomorrow we will continue our struggle to ensure that Taner, İdil and their colleagues are acquitted of these baseless charges. We will not stop until the charges are dropped and all of them are free.feedback

Özlem Dalkıran

I have dedicated my life to truth and justice and that is all I ask of this court.feedback

Ahmet Agaoglu

In the history of Antalya, there isn't a single person who has been injured because of terrorism.feedback

Ahmet Agaoglu

If you took out the fences between them, you could start from the National Golf Club and you could end by Nautilus Golf Club, 15 kilometers away.feedback

Andrew Chubby Chandler

As I walked out of the meeting, they said, We must have Tiger Woods.feedback

Andrew Chubby Chandler

They presumed because it was Turkey it would be a 1 million euro event and we'll stick them in the middle of March when the best are off competing in Florida. Well, you would, wouldn't you?feedback

Ahmet Agaoglu

The Turkish people may not know much about golf but they know all about Olympic medals.feedback

Ahmet Agaoglu

Ask anyone on the street in Turkey, What do you know about golf?' Basically you will get the answer, We know Tiger Woods.feedback

Ahmet Agaoglu

To play a role in it was the greatest achievement of my life.feedback

Wanda Ramirez

It was like coming out of a cloud. It was like I was waking up. I quit cold turkey. I didn't want to leave one addiction for another. I wanted to make that change. I was ready to make that change.feedback

Ozlem Dalkiran

I dedicated my life to truth and justice, and that is all I ask of this court.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

There is not a shred of evidence against the 11 human rights defenders on trial today. At the very least, our expectation and our hope is that they will be released from prison. It's been a very difficult situation for all human rights organizations in Turkey for some time. But for 11 human rights defenders to be . picked up after a routine human rights seminar is an escalation and repression in Turkey.feedback

Andrew Anglin

After being sought for questioning by MI-5 in connection to the bombing, Obeidallah caught a flight to Turkey and was smuggled across the border into Syria by the . . . military.feedback

Saadi Pire

I don't imagine this is the right time to prepare voter lists and pick polling stations.feedback

Karza Nabil

We used to go through 1,000 loaves every day. Now, it's only 200.feedback

Gina Sanchez

The biggest driver for emerging markets has been the global recovery in growth in many key emerging market countries. We've seen significant catch-up recoveries in Brazil, Russia and Turkey.feedback

Ryan Dillon

Furthermore, the Coalition does not approve of the display of divisive symbols and imagery at a time in which we remain focused on the defeat of Daesh (IS) in Syria.feedback

Inan Demir

Given the level of tensions with the U.S., the market is still skeptical about this denial and they would want to hear a denial from the U.S. to really calm down. The numbers mentioned are large ... the largest fine mentioned was $5 billion and that would be a very large fine in comparison to any bank's equity in Turkey.feedback

Bulent Aliriza

The U.S.-Turkish relationship needs to be reviewed. It was born in the Cold War when both sides, for different reasons, wanted to cooperate against the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. Well, the Soviet Union is no more. Turkey is cooperating with Russia. The U.S. does not need Turkey for the same reasons that it did during the Cold War.feedback

Stuart Jones

A: The KRG is not economically viable. B: The political conditions were simply not prepared. We're seeing that. There's a very sharp reaction from Iran. There's a sharp reaction from Turkey. A sharp reaction from Baghdad. So the neighbors weren't prepared for this. They weren't willing to go along. There were a lot of issues that were not resolved.feedback

Mahmoud Osman

He was definite that it should be done and could be done and it's good and a new situation would arise and they would deal with it. Maybe he thought America would be different, maybe he thought Iran and Turkey would not be as bad. Maybe he got different reports from his advisers. His evaluation of the situation was different.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

We will cooperate if their demands meet the rules of our constitution. But we will not succumb to impositions, and we will reject any conditions that we cannot meet.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I don't think that this is a problem that will drag on. This delegation is here to finish it. The talks are ongoing. My wish is for a result as soon as possible, leave the visa issue behind and that relations return to its normal situation.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They think we are strategic partners and that we will obey everything.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

They thought they would make further gains – they didn't. They thought they would unite the Kurds. On the contrary it has unfortunately divided Kurds in Iraq. There is huge chaos and confusion.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

What right do you have to lay claim on Kirkuk? What history do you have in Kirkuk? What business do you have in Kirkuk?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I would like to hear a clear declaration. If you want to accept Turkey, just do it. If you don't want to, just tell that.feedback

Andrzej Duda

Poland has supported and supports today Turkey's efforts to join the European Union. Turkey is an especially important EU partner in the area of security.feedback

Bianca Cruz

We are on track to receive final approval from the NRC in the coming months, and we intend to complete the licensing process such that the option of new nuclear power is available for our customers for many years into the future.feedback

Hasan Huseyin Dogancay

We just released the frogs back to nature because they were caught without permission and outside permitted hunting areas.feedback

Donald J. Trump

With every step (Washington) emboldened Baghdad, Iran and Turkey … each one of them thinking: 'Well, so the Kurds are on their own, we can do whatever we like.feedback

Nicholas Burns

Considering all the problems with Turkey, Greece is a relatively stable ally in south-eastern Europe.feedback

Nicholas Burns

This is an important meeting for both countries. Relations are better now than they were in decades past when strident anti-Americanism dominated Greek politics.feedback

Alec Mally

If they can get Trump to say debt relief in public it will be a huge coup. Up to now the Trump administration has been content to leave the debt relief issue totally in the hands of Greece's European creditors and the IMF.feedback

Nicholas Burns

A central question for the US is whether to urge long-term debt relief for Greece by its European and international creditors. It is difficult to see Greece climbing back to prosperity and growth without it.feedback

Halima Nur

My last time to speak with my brother was some minutes before the blast occurred. By then he told me, he was on the way to meet and was passing at K5. I am afraid he was among the unrecognized charred bodies that were buried yesterday. I have no hope of getting him alive or dead. But I cannot go home.feedback

Angela Trofymova - Good Housekeeping

Supermarkets understand that consumers tend to trade up over Christmas and many have focused on their premium ranges. M&S has proved that shelling out a little more where possible can take your festive dining experience to the next level, while budget supermarket Aldi shows you can get cost-effective quality without breaking the bank.feedback

Hasan Huseyin

They were blindfolded and boarded an unmarked flight for Istanbul in the morning.feedback

Ibrahim al Idlibi - Free Syrian Army

The Turks will be taking up positions 40 km deep inside Idlib as agreed.feedback

Abdul Jabar Akaidi

The Turks presented the factions of the FSA the military and logistical support so that Idlib escapes the fate of Deir Zor or Raqqa.feedback

Ibrahim al Idlibi - Free Syrian Army

Nearly 200 troops are now stationed in areas that separate territory under control of Kurdish groups and opposition groups.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They say, Give us this certain pastor. You have another pastor in your hands; give him to us. Give him to us and we will put yours through the judiciary: we will give him to you.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We said we may come unannounced one night, and tonight our armed forces started the operation in Idlib with the Free Syrian Army. We are the ones with the 911 km border with Syria, the ones who are constantly under threat.feedback

Moritz Kraemer - Standard & Poor's

The wall of liquidity that's been going to emerging markets may be somewhat less benevolent to them ... time will tell who's actually exposed to that.feedback

Moritz Kraemer - Standard & Poor's

That's partly explained by the fact that conditions are so benign globally now that you get away with it. There's quite a bit of runway left for countries to continue accumulating debt while rates are so low, and that's a concern for us.feedback

Halit Akalp

We had the necessary meeting with my client. There were no restrictions on our meeting.feedback

Hugh Williamson - Human Rights Watch

The evidence indicates that torture in police custody has returned to Turkey. The government urgently needs to investigate and order it to stop. Given the dark history of enforced disappearances in Turkey, authorities have to locate missing persons and ensure that anyone arrested by state agents has access to a lawyer and that their family knows where they are.feedback

Binali Yıldırım

We hope that this issue will be resolved and the relations between our two countries will normalize between allies Turkey and US as soon as possible. While the crisis on the global and regional level is increasing, we as Turkey, will continue to use our common sense in dealing with the situation.feedback

Peggy Goldman

We can wait this out. I am not going to worry about it until the end of November.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

We demand a fair trial based on the rule of law. Most of all, it has to be fast so that Mesale Tolu will be released as soon as possible and can come back to Germany.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

An ambassador in Ankara taking decisions and saying he is doing so in the name of his government is strange. If our ambassador did this, we wouldn't keep him there even a minute.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Turkey is not a tribal state, we will retaliate against what has been done in kind. Who are you punishing? You are making your citizens and ours pay the price. ... We call on the United States to be more reasonable. The issue must, of course, be resolved as soon as possible.feedback

Binali Yildirim

The reason for our activities is to prepare the groundwork and prevent a potential migrant wave into our country and lower tensions.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

When we don't go to Syria, Syria comes to us. If we didn't take our measures, bombs would fall on our cities.feedback

Abdulhamit Gül

If it's an issue regarding the arrest of the consulate employee, then this is a decision the Turkish judiciary has made. Trying a Turkish citizen for a crime committed in Turkey is our right.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

For the [US] embassy in Ankara to take such a decision and implement it, it is upsetting.feedback

Ayla Albayrak

The decision shows the extent to which the authorities did not want the operations that were going on in Turkey's southeast to be reported on.feedback

Nina Ognianova

We call on Turkish authorities not to contest Ayla Albayrak's appeal and to drop all charges against her. Dozens of journalists are imprisoned for their work in Turkey and this conviction is a signal that conditions for the press are continuing to deteriorate. Rather than dispensing justice, Turkey's judicial system has become an instrument of persecution.feedback

Gerard Baker - The Wall Street Journal

This was an unfounded criminal charge and wildly inappropriate conviction that wrongly singled out a balanced Wall Street Journal report. The sole purpose of the article was to provide objective and independent reporting on events in Turkey, and it succeeded.feedback

Heather Nauert

Ambassador Bass has our full backing, not only here at the State Department but also at the White House as well.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We did not start this problem. The problem is the United States itself.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

How did these agents infiltrate into the American Consulate? If these agents did not infiltrate the American Consulate, then who put them there? We need to focus on them. No state would allow such agents to threaten it from the inside.feedback

Binali Yildirim

So what? Is it a privilege to be in the U.S. mission? Should we get permission from those gentlemen?feedback

Heather Nauert

Being able to have close security cooperation, especially with a NATO partner, is incredibly important. And when they start arresting, detaining our people, our people who are responsible for law enforcement coordination, that is a ... major concern of ours. And so that is why we took these steps.feedback

Heather Nauert

Our ambassadors tend not to do things unilaterally. We have a very close coordination and cooperation with our ambassadors.feedback

Aydan Karamanoglu

We have applied this measure because we have been subject to the same measure from the U.S.feedback

Aydan Karamanoglu

Right now, it is impossible for U.S. residents to come to Turkey if they need a visa and are applying for it in person because it is not possible to apply for a visa in person.feedback

Misty Belles

In unforeseen circumstances, such as this one, it's an adviser's job to liaise with your hotels, airline and ground tour operators to help you get your money back, but a refund isn't a guarantee.feedback

Aydan Karamanoglu

If the U.S. government revokes its measure, we will revoke ours.feedback

Sinan Ülgen

This harshness is a result of a build-up. We should not consider this as solely a reaction to the detentions of consulate employees.feedback

Timothy Ash

This looks like a really serious situation. The [Turkish central bank] CBRT will need to move very quickly to calm market sentiment – if the lira continues to see selling pressure, the CBRT will have to move quickly to hike policy rates in defence of the lira.feedback

Inan Demir

Turkey already stood apart from its peers .... If coupled with high political risks, its isolation would be further amplified. We need to see either a lowering of the risk premium by defusing the tensions or an increase in the risk premium offered by the lira by raising interest rates.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

There's is the possibility of eliminating this virus completely through the vaccination.feedback

Binali Yildirim

We will ensure safety in Idlib, and will cooperate with Russia.feedback

Kubra Golge

He is very sad. He says, I feel a lot of pain in my heart, but I know it is going to pass.feedback

Rose Kowalski

Not having a vote makes it difficult to be part of the discussion, but standing by and seeing both sides make huge mistakes is becoming less of an option. What I can't bear is the slogans saying 'We vote to be free'. I find it absolutely insulting to claim that we're not free at the moment. Look at Turkey, look at Myanmar, look at Catalonia's own history under Franco – that's a denial of freedom.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There's a serious operation in Syria's Idlib today and it will continue. Now this step has been taken, and it is underway.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Whoever comes to Turkey as foreign minister will meet the same respect as he shows us.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

When you enter a boxing match, you don't count how many punches you throw.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

For now Free Syria Army is carrying out the operation there. Russia will be protecting outside the borders (of the Idlib region) and we will handle inside. Russia is supporting the operation from the air, and our armed forces from inside Turkey's borders.feedback

Mevlut Cavusoglu

If you take one step towards us, we will take two towards you. Yes. And I am ready to make an effort towards that.feedback

Ihsan Ozbek

Andrew was a normal American Christian; he is not a spy. I know him; I know his wife and kids. It's very sad.feedback

Clyde Forsberg

I was arrested because I was an American. The only reason I was released was because I got lucky. It was very early in the game.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If a decision will be made on closing oil taps in the region, that will be made by us. Turkey, Iran and Iraq's central government will do so together.feedback

Piotr Matys - Rabobank

We think it is a corrective rebound after the market adopted a way too bearish view.feedback

Piotr Matys - Rabobank

Emerging market currencies are under broad-based selling pressure against the dollar, which is benefiting from growing market expectations that the Trump administration will finally make some progress on tax reforms, and some hawkish comments from Fed policymakers.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We don't want any aggression or confrontations but the federal authority must be imposed in the disputed areas. I call on the peshmerga to remain an integral part of the Iraqi forces under the authority of the federal authorities, to guarantee the security of citizens so that we can rebuild these zones. We respect the aspirations of all citizens, including the Kurds, I respect those aspirations, but we must work together. We are in one country.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I think the President has made many comments on that front. I think the point is that ESPN has been hypocritical. They should hold anchors to a fair and consistent standard. ESPN suspended longtime anchor Linda Cohn not too long ago for expressing a political viewpoint. The network's public editor has that said there's a perception that ESPN has become political and that has harmed the network. This is clearly a political statement. They should be consistent in whatever guidelines they have set themselves in that front.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

The Iraqi Kurdish secession vote is an act of betrayal toward the entire region and a threat to its future.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There is not a single country that recognises them aside from Israel and any decision taken with MOSSAD sitting by them at a table can not be legitimate and this is illegitimate. Turkey, Iran and Iraq have no choice but to take serious and necessary measures to protect their strategic goals in the region.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

People of Iraqi Kurdistan are our good neighbors and we do not want to put pressure on them. However, the secession leaders of Kurdistan need to reconsider their decisions.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

During our meeting today, we agreed to widen our economic ties ...Turkey will import more gas from Iran ...meetings will be held next week to discuss the details.feedback

Cemil Karabayram

We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now. We will reach the ground and maybe we will find the untouched body of Saint Nicholas.feedback

Cemil Karabayram

We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have already said we don't recognise the referendum in northern Iraq... We have taken some measures already with Iran and the Iraqi central government, but stronger steps will be taken. There is no country other than Israel that recognises it. A referendum which was conducted by sitting side by side with Mossad has no legitimacy.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

America and Israel benefit from the vote ... America and foreign powers are unreliable and seek to create a new Israel in the region.feedback

Ryan Crocker

And you can be sure that if Kurdistan declares independence Iran will attack, Turkey will attack, Syria will attack–and Iraq will not accept it. We cannot resist all these countries. He was keenly aware that while there could be some debate on what the worst of times was in the modern period–because there Kurds in Iraq had an awful lot of bad times–there was no question in his mind that the post-'03 situation was the best of times for the Kurds–and he wouldn't take action that would jeopardize it.feedback

Tom Petty

You start losing your soul. You realize one day, S–, I've lost myself. I'm hanging out with people I wouldn't be seen with in a million years, and I have to get out of this.' Using heroin went against my grain. I didn't want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn't work. Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work. It's an ugly f–ing thing.feedback

Nihat Zeybekci

We're talking about a $8-9 billion trade and the interests of Turkey.feedback

Asli Aydintasbas

A forever fight with Kurds everywhere all the time will rattle Turkey in more ways than one.feedback

James Williams

The big short-term risk is obviously the pipeline. So far Turkey hasn't closed the Kurdish pipeline.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They are not forming an independent state, they are opening a wound in the region to twist the knife in. To ignore this reality benefits neither us, nor our Kurdish brothers in Iraq. We don't regret what we did in the past. But since the conditions are changed and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), to which we provided all support, took steps against us, it would pay the price.feedback

Bin Yildirim

From now on, our relationships with the region will be conducted with the central government, Baghdad. As Iran, Iraq and Turkey, we work to ensure the games being played in the region will fail.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

A punition against the citizens of the region, it is a constitutional measure decided by the government in the interest of the residents of Kurdistan.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

With its independence initiative, the northern Iraq regional government has thrown itself into the fire.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

(There is) an increasingly positive view from the supply side, with potential Kurdish production disruption, and a plethora of energy agencies suggesting global demand is increasing. The technical picture still looks positive for both contracts with the consolidation and gentle pull-backs thus far suggesting oil is pausing for breath at these levels.feedback

Binali Yildirim

In no way we will make the civilian residents there pay the price of the referendum. All the measures we will take will be against those who took the decision to hold the referendum.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

We are not ready to discuss or have a dialogue about the results of the referendum, because it is unconstitutional.feedback

Mathias Eick

This project brings together the international humanitarian principles and the effectiveness of the existing state structures. So this has enabled us to develop a very effective project on such a large scale so quickly. This card can be a platform for different kinds of aid that we want to give to the beneficiaries. So that we can provide cash assistance to children who are going to school, or for special events. This really breaks the mould of traditional humanitarian assistance.feedback

Per Hammarlund

That does worry the market as it would be ill-advised for Turkey to intervene – it could really stir domestic violence as well.feedback

Per Hammarlund

The market is over-reacting – he will have a tough time getting everything through Congress.feedback

Sarah Sanders

We hope for a unified Iraq to annihilate ISIS (Islamic State) and certainly a unified Iraq to push back on Iran.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

[They] will be left in the lurch when we start imposing our sanctions. It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey could not take any steps. Those trying to establish new states in Iraq and Syria should not be surprised when they are tossed aside by those who use them. This referendum decision, which has been taken without any consultation, is treachery.feedback

Koon Chow

Even if they do deliver on the threat to blockade oil exports from the Kurdish region that will have more of an impact on the Kurdish region and Iraq than on the Turkish economy. Turkey can always get their oil elsewhere.feedback

Shakil Begg - Thomson Reuters

According to our trade flows research, exports of Kurdish crude have ramped up in the last few months, reaching multi-year highs of 520,000 bpd in August.feedback

Bilal Wahab

Oil is the main source of revenue in the region and all of that falls into the government's coffers. So that's it–the KRG's economy depends on one pipeline that sells oil to international markets and the pipeline goes through Turkey. You shut down that pipeline, you choke the Kurdish economy.feedback

Fathi al-Mudaris

Daily, thousands of trucks are passing–thousands of trucks–and at the same time, don't forget, Turkish people, Turkish companies, and the Turkish government get a lot of benefit from this activity. Even if the Turkish government closes the border, they cannot do it for a long time.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If [KRG President Masoud] Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Until the very last moment, we weren't expecting Barzani to make such a mistake as holding the referendum; apparently we were wrong. This referendum decision, which has been taken without any consultation, is treachery.feedback

Amer Abdullah

Everything is imported. If the borders are closed, in one month everything would be finished.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The moment that [Turkish] trucks do not work in northern Iraq, they [Kurds] will not be able to find food and clothes.feedback

Shukr Ali

We are worried. You don't know what will happen tomorrow.feedback

Boris Johnson

The priority must remain the defeat of Daesh and returning stability to liberated areas.feedback

Tomomichi Akuta - Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting

The high compliance of producers in jointly curbing output as well as the news of (Turkey's response to) the referendum helped oil prices.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Our military is not (at the border) for nothing. We could arrive suddenly one night. After this, let's see through which channels the northern Iraqi regional government will send its oil, or where it will sell it. We have the tap. The moment we close the tap, then it's done.feedback

Hashim al-Mouasawi

We as Popular Mobilisation would be fully prepared to carry out orders from Abadi if he asks to liberate Kirkuk and the oilfields from the separatist militias.feedback

Ali Ozcan

Closing the border gate, cancelling international flights and, at the final step, cutting the pipeline can be discussed. Military pressure can be used directly or indirectly.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We will continue to take determined steps and the Kurdistan Regional Government must take a step back. It is an absolute must.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Our energy, interior and customs ministries are working on [measures]. We are evaluating steps regarding border gates and air space. We will take these steps quickly.feedback

Tomomichi Akuta - Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting

The high compliance of producers in jointly curbing output as well as the news of (Turkey's response to) the referendum have helped oil prices. Brent prices could top $60 (a barrel), supported by the short squeeze.feedback

Maruf Ari

If the border is closed it will harm all of us. I'm doing this job for 20 years. I'm not making a lot of money. Around 1,000 lira ($285) a month. But if the gate is closed, we will go hungry.feedback

Nechirvan Barzani

The referendum does not mean independence will happen tomorrow, nor are we redrawing borders. If the 'Yes' vote wins, we will resolve our issues with Baghdad peacefully.feedback

Gene McGillian - Tradition Energy

It's [the rally in oil prices] all driven by the idea that the production cut is starting to work and the rebalance is underway.feedback

Khalil Hassan

I voted for Kurdistan because the Shiites, the Iraqi government, destroyed our homes and had no mercy for anyone. No one has ever insulted me here. We support Masoud Barzani with our voices and our blood.feedback

Bashar Warda

Voting is such a peaceful event. In the Middle East, usually when a group wants to gain something, it is through violence. As a church, we will support a peaceful, mutual dialogue.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

After this let's see through which channels they will send their oil through... and who they will sell to. The valve is with us. It's finished the moment we close it. In Iraq, when necessary, we will not shy away from taking these types of steps. We are taking and will take all the steps on political, economic, trade and security fronts. The armed forces did not take necessary steps in Silopi for no reason. There is no compromise.feedback

Massoud Barzani

From World War I until now, we are not a part of Iraq. It's a theocratic, sectarian state. We have our geography, land and culture. We have our own language. We refuse to be subordinates. The parliament in Baghdad is not a federal parliament. It's a chauvinistic, sectarian parliament. Trust is below zero with Baghdad.feedback

Rashid Ali

When I voted, I didn't think for one second of Turkey or Iran and their threats – I'm not worried about them.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

New crises in the region, such as bids for independence, could spark new conflicts and must therefore be avoided at all costs ... We urge Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government to abort the steps they have taken in that direction.feedback

Sinan Ülgen

Turkey can, in the long run, position itself as a major beneficiary of this situation.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Naturally, it is a question of timing as to when security, economic and security options are implemented. Developing conditions will determine that.feedback

Omar Khoshnau

The region is already not stable. The war against ISIS is going to be more effective if Kurdistan is an independent state, because it is an ally for the international community, and we are the first who fought ISIS.feedback

Heather Nauert

The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's referendum on independence. The costs of proceeding with the referendum are high for all Iraqis, including Kurds. Already the referendum has negatively affected ... coordination to dislodge ISIS from its remaining areas of control in Iraq.feedback

Marianna Charountaki

The reality is that there's already de facto independence and now we're just talking about the outward appearance and official titles.feedback

Suzanne Barakat

They assassinated them in a foreign land. For 40 years her headlines occupied front pages. She sought out criminals and exposed them. And today, her name and Halla's name are on the front page. She came to Turkey to be closer to her country, hoping that once the war ends she would be able to return to her homeland. Halla joined her mum in her fight against the Syrian regime, and became a loud voice in defending the rights of Syrians and documenting the crimes against them.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They went crazy because we made the S-400 agreement. What were we supposed to do, wait for (them)? If we have difficulty in obtaining any defense element from some places, if our initiatives are often frustrated by obstacles, what will we do? We will sort it out on our own.feedback

Nick Taranto

My dad is an immigrant from Turkey and my mom's family still runs a farm in South Dakota, and it has been a hell of a ride the last five years.feedback

Mohammed Shibli

Even if it was a criminal case, this just shows how vulnerable Syrians are here. I do not feel safe anymore. I think it is better to leave Turkey.feedback

Philipp Thiel

I'm afraid about the future. I don't expect a third world war but maybe something like that, with North Korea, Turkey, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Trump.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Without any further delay, we are going to discuss in detail what kind of sanctions should be imposed. It is not right for me to unveil them right now but at National Security Council and cabinet meetings we will discuss when these sanctions will be imposed and what the road map will be.feedback

Halla Barakat

She dedicated her life to give voice to the voiceless, until the Syrian regime exiled her in the '80s. But still she continued to defend her rights and the rights of others.feedback

Nour Sheikh Ibrahim

She was everything in my life, she was like my aunt. She helped me a lot.feedback

Halla Barakat

Since threats by the regime have become a common thing, she didn't pay much attention to them.feedback

Karima Attiyah

We have always lived peacefully and don't want problems. I don't support the referendum.feedback

Umit Pamir

Germany is our most important supplier of weapons after the United States.feedback

Mustafa Kibaroglu

I don't think there is any debate about Turkey leaving an alliance it has invested so much in. Are we going to bring down U.S. planes with our S-400s? There is no backbone to these comments, it is purely political polemics, and we are not the ones doing this.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

Part of the reason Erdogan is doing this S-400 deal is he's angry with the U.S. over the indictment of the former economy minister as well as continued U.S. cooperation with the YPG. He's using the S-400 as a lever, in terms of bargaining, to convince Washington to change its mind on a number of issues.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

The good relations Turkey has developed with Russia are not an alternative to the good relations it has with the West, they complement each other.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The ones who have been sentenced, who have been imprisoned, are not journalists. Most of them are terrorists. Many have been involved in burglaries and some have been caught red handed as they were trying to empty ATM machines.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction. Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government of even the opportunities it currently enjoys.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The protection of refugees is a moral and political duty in which France has decided to play its role: In following the high commissioner [on refugees] wherever it is necessary. By opening legal resettlement channels for those closest to conflict zones, to Libya, Jordan, Turkey, and also to Niger and Chad. By defending the right the right to asylum and the absolute respect for the Geneva Conventions.feedback

Pratyush Kumar

Look at Turkey, look at Japan, look at Brazil - look at multiple countries. In all cases there is a fine balancing act of co-opting the capabilities of both public and private enterprise.feedback

Ali Shamkhani

Any damage to this strategic principle (of Iraq's unity) would lead to the revision of and serious alteration in the existing cooperation between Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan region.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

Turkey's neighbors are not Luxembourg or Belgium but the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, so it is risky to promote jihad because of the region Turkey is in and the rising jihadist recruitment trend globally.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

This is no less than a revolution to alter public education and assure that a conservative, religious view of the world prevails. The reason Turkey is not Pakistan is that generations have been exposed to a secular public education. But for Erdogan, who comes from the other side of the tracks and feels religion was marginalized for decades, this is his revenge.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Those who are looking forward to their dreams of having an artificial state in Syria and Iraq should be well aware that any attempt that threatens our national security from inside and outside the country will be responded to immediately.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are going to discuss it during the (UN) National Security council meeting which we moved forward from (September) 27th to the 22nd. We are going to hold a cabinet meeting on the same day. Our stance will be discussed and the decision will be made. Thus Turkey will announce its ultimate position (on the referendum). This will also be an item on the agenda during my meeting with (US President) Trump.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

He still faces terrorism-related charges but is free. The judicial process is still ongoing in Turkey.feedback

José Emeterio Gutiérrez

In Turkey we are working with SNPTC. Hopefully we will have some news very soon.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

Brexit is not the be-all-and-end-all, we will move on. Our union is not a state but it's still governed by the rule of law. And that rules out membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

A judicial investigation has been launched into those individuals who are responsible for these ugly scenes. They will be prosecuted for what they did.feedback

Matthew McConaughey

This new TV spot demonstrates the cool ease and authenticity of this brand. I met Wild Turkey's Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell years ago, and I immediately knew something was special about this brand – they're not afraid to do things the right way, even if that's not the easiest way, never changing the formula to follow consumer trends. And if you live your life with the same principles, Wild Turkey will find you.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

They've gone crazy just because we made a deal on the S-400. What were we supposed to do, wait for you forever? We are taking and will take all our precautions and fend for ourselves.feedback

Gabriela Leu - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Sea crossing are dangerous and the fact people are putting children on these boats shows they have to be very desperate. People need more safe ways [in addition to the Turkey-EU deal] to get to Europe and because they don't have legal means they have to find new routes.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

No candidate is ready yet. But thereafter the European Union will be greater than 27 in number. Accession candidates must give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights utmost priority. This rules out EU membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

For some considerable time, Turkey has been moving away from the European Union in leaps and bounds. I appeal to the Turkish authorities: Release our journalists. Stop insulting our leaders by calling them fascists and Nazis. Europe is a continent of mature democracy. Those who knowingly offend it pull up all drawbridges. Sometimes I have the impression that there are those in Turkey who want to pull up all the drawbridges and later blame the EU for the failure of accession talks.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Our friends have already signed an agreement on the S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. Vladimir Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue. It's us who will make decisions regarding our independence. We are responsible over taking security measures for the defense of our country. We'll save ourselves if we face difficulties in procuring defense systems.feedback

Mark Sanders - NATO

No NATO ally currently operates the S-400. NATO has not been informed about the details of any purchase.feedback

Mark Sanders - NATO

It is up to Allies to decide what military they will buy. What matters for NATO is that the equipment Allies acquire is able to operate together. Interoperability of our armed forces is fundamental to NATO for the conduct of our operations and missions.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia. A deposit has also been paid as far as I know. Nobody has the right to discuss the Turkish republic's independence principles or independent decisions about its defense industry. We make the decisions about our own independence ourselves – we are obliged to take safety and security measures in order to defend our country.feedback

Erdem Gul - Cumhuriyet

Turkey holds a record, a record of imprisoned journalists, 170 journalists. Everyone who is not with the government is a terrorist in Turkey. They can accuse you of being in any terror organization. But it is journalism, freedom of thought and expression that are on trial.feedback

Erdem Gul - Cumhuriyet

It is journalism, freedom of thought and expression that are on trial.feedback

Yonca Sik

Ahmet always told me: 'Don't hope, they won't let me free.' But I think: why not? I will have hope. I will dream about your release, and I will make plans for our future.feedback

Octavia Spencer

I think women are sexy when they are confident. I think trying to wear nine inch heels and tights trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey, those days are gone [for me].feedback