Gül, Medvedev take up a variety of issues

President Abdullah Gül met Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in Russia.

Turkish President began the meeting by expressing his sadness over the crash in Yaroslavl that killed 43 people.

Turkey-Russia relations which were elevated to strategic partnership are on the leaders’ agenda. Extending the period of visa-free travel and increasing the trade volume are other items discussed at Gül-Medvedev meeting.

Energy is also among topics to be taken up. Latest developments regarding the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, Samsun-Ceyhan oil pipeline and authorization from Turkey in South Stream natural gas project are addressed.

President Gül and President Medvedev will also exchange views on Upper Karabakh dispute, Iran’s nuclear programme and the Arab Spring.

Turkish scientists’ great discovery in Black sea

Turkish researchers succeeded in obtaining hydrogen gas from hydrogen-sulphide found in the deep waters of the Black Sea.

The current potential in the Black Sea, unveiled by a system developed by Turkish scientists, promises an electricity generation that could be enough for 100 years.

Conducting research and development work on hydrogen energy, Dr. Mükerrem Şahin and his team were able to obtain hydrogen gas through a catalyser system that processed hydrogen-sulphide water and turned it into hydrogen gas.

Şahin said after five years, they concluded their R&D work that aims at generating electricity by separating hydrogen from hydrogen sulphide, found in deep waters of the Black Sea.

Pointing out that the resultant hydrogen is more economical than producing hydrogen from water, Şahin said “The resultant hydrogen can be used in thermal plants.”

According to the scientists, the Black Sea can generate hydrogen gas that could be used for the generation of electricity for 100 years.

SARP system to protect Turkish borders

SARP does not miss any targets with its laser distance finder and automatic target tracing systems.

Turkey’s leading defense industry company ASELSAN has added a new item to its remote-control weapon systems.

ASELSAN which earlier developed STAMP (Stabilized Machine Gun Platform) and STOP (Stabilized Naval Gun System) for warships, now added SARP (Stabilized Advanced Remote Platform) for land operations.

As a remote rifle sentry watch system, SARP is controlled from a safe location day and night. It can carry 12.7 mm and 7.62 rifles and 40 mm grenade launcher as well as thermal and TV cameras.

SARP does not miss any targets with its laser distance finder and automatic target tracing systems. The new system will be attached to Leopard 2A4 tanks and ALTAY tanks.

Developed especially for border security, SARP will allow troops in border regions to give a quick response to any arm attack.

Did you know?

I quote some information:

The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman for more than 2,000 years.

St Nicolas – the original Santa Claus – was born in Patara in Turkey and has a church dedicated to him in Demre.

The Virgin Mary spent her last days in Selcuk, İzmir, near the ancient city of Ephesus.

Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for a bridge over the Golden Horn, an inlet at mouth of the Bosphorus, that was never built.

The first known University in history is in Harran, Southeast Turkey.

The Seven Churches referred in the Book of Revelation are all found in Turkey: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

The first man ever to fly was Turkish. Using two wings, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi flew from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar in the 17th century.

The Amazons originated in Turkey’s Northeastern region.

Gypsy girl waits for visitors

The world’s biggest mosaic museum will officially open in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will inaugurate the “Zeugma Mosaic Museum” at a former factory in Gaziantep on Friday.

Building of the museum by the Gaziantep Municipality began in April 2008. It cost about $50-55 million.Some 1,700 square metres of mosaic unearthed in the ancient city of Zeugma, will be on display in the museum.

The biggest museum in the history of the Republic of Turkey also outpaced the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which was considered the world’s biggest mosaic museum. The three-storey museum has an exhibition area of 30,000 square metres.

The museum also includes the special room built for Mainad Mosaic, which has been etched into people’s minds as the “Gypsy Girl”.

The special room takes place in the first section on the second floor. It is shaped like a labyrinth. The lighting inside specifically emphasizes the melancholy gaze of the Gypsy Girl.

The museum was opened to visitors on July 18 drawing a number of Italian, French, German and Japanese tourists.

Yours sincerely,


PS. Musée d’Orsay (I was very happy to discover Claude Monet’s paintings there. They are available here (“Your search:” Claude Monet)).

PPS. Louvre (The Egyptian antiquities were a great adventure).

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