The FETO case
An investigation of crimes bythe Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) continues. The Turkish authorities received warrants for the arrest of 51 members of the terrorist organization headed by the religious preacher Fethullah Gülen who is currently living in the USA.
Last week, a decision was made on the dozens of the people involved in the murder of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov (on Dec. 19, 2016).
On Friday, the prosecutor’s office of Turkey revealed that there was a previous attempt on the life of the Russia’s ambassador to Ankara before his assassination. 28 people have been declared guilty, including Fethullah Gülen.
Karlov was assassinated at an art gallery in the Turkish capital by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty police officer linked to FETO. Altıntaş was shot dead by police during the ensuing standoff.
Protests continue in France
The “yellow jackets” in France continue to protest an increase in fuel prices. The protesters ensured a day of chaos on the Champs Elysée.
According to official numbers, 106.3 thousand people participated in protest actions against tax increased and fuel prices.
On the Champs Elysée, the unauthorized action transformed into all out conflicts with destructive consequences.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that in total 1619 actions were organized where 130 people are detained and taken into custody.
Leaders of 27 countries of the European Union approved the draft agreement on the conditions of Brexit, the chairman of the board of the EU Donald Tusk reported on Twitter.
The sides needed less than an hour to reach a decision. Before the special summit in Brussels, leaders of EU countries said that it the agreement was the best one possible and that there were no serious alternatives.
The last possible obstacle disappeared after the prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, received assurances from the government of Great Britain concerning Gibraltar and withdrew Spain’s threat to boycott the summit.
On the ground, however, the decision had provoked political crisis in the government along with the people`s fury.
Conflict in Azov sea
Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko declared martial law following an incident which resulted in three Ukrainian ships being detained by the Russian navy. The incident happened in the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water separating the Black and Azov Seas near Crimea.