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Turkey and Russia to launch first Nuclear Power Plant in Akkuyu

Russia and Turkey plan to launch the first reactor at Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2023, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday. Speaking alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Putin said the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom would begin work at the Akkuyu site in the near future. Putin …

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Turkish President Erdogan to visit Athens beginning of December

The official visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Athens is reportedly scheduled for Thursday and Friday, December 7th and 8th 2017. According to Sunday newspaper real.gr, the date of the visit have been finalized via the usual diplomatic channels. Erdogan will meet with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime …

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Turkey fuels tension with Greece with outrageous statements and actions

For one more time, Turkey has been fueling tension with Greece with a series of outrageous statements and actions. During a visit to North-East Greece, a Turkish Deputy Prime Minister claimed that the Muslim minority in Thrace were “Turkish citizens.” At the same time, Ankara sent a military helicopter over …

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FM Cavusoglu tells Greek counterpart Kotzias to handover 995 “coup supporters”

Defying the rules of diplomacy, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Greece to handout several hundreds alleged coups supporters the regime in Ankara describes as “Gulenists”. “We don’t want Greece to become a safe haven for FETÖ [Fetullahist Terrorist Organization],” Çavuşoğlu told reporters speaking at a joint press conference …

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Ankara lifts ban on Turkish-flagged ships sailing to Greece

A ban on Turkish-flagged passenger ships and ferries sailing to Greece from Turkey has been abolished as of today, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said during a visit to Athens last week. Speaking after his meeting with Greek Maritime Minister Panagiyotis Kouroumplis on Oct. 12, Arslan said a delegation from Greece …

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Turkish Coast Guard vessels harass Greek vessel rescuing migrants off Lesvos

The rescue operation of a migrants boat turned into a serious incident between the Greek and the Turkish Coast Guard and set lives at risk, as the latter sailed closed to the port of Mytilene without permission. According to local media from the island of Lesvos, a Greek Coast Guard …

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Anarchist group Ruvikonas attacks offices of Turkish Airlines

Armed with sledgehammers, a group of anarchists from Ruvikonas attacked the offices of Turkish Airlines on Poseidonos Avenue in Alimos suburb of south Athens on Wednesday morning. According to police, the attack took place at 6:30 in the morning. The group went to the 3rd floor of the building where …

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Two men perform prayers inside Hagia Sophia to protest its closure to Muslim worship

Two people have performed prayers inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in order to protest its closure to prayers, comparing it to measures taken by Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The two identified as Halil Akyaman and Mahmut Alan arrived at the museum and suddenly began to pray inside. …

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Greek President warns Erdogan “Provocations are sign of weakness, Come and Take them!”

Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos sent a sharp worded message to his Turkish counter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a series of provocations accompanying his tour to the islands of the eastern Aegean Sea. “The brave do not provoke,” President Pavlopoulos told Greek soldiers safeguarding the remote island of Ai Stratis. “Provocations, …

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Turkey escalates tension, harasses helicopter carrying Greek President Pavlopoulos

Turkey’s boldness has no limits. Two times in two consecutive days, Turks harassed the helicopter carrying Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on a tour visiting several remote islands and islets in the eastern Aegean Sea. While Pavlopoulos’ helicopter was heading to islet Panagia, pilots received warning calls and threats from the …

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Cyprus talks stall as Turkey insists on EU freedoms for Turkish settlers, no troops withdrawal

UN-sponsored Cyprus talks at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, stalled on Thursday as the Turkish side insists to promote EU freedoms for the Turkish settlers in the occupied north part of the island. The issue triggered the intervention of  Maarten Verwey, Director General of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission, …

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Turkish police chief, businessman arrested while trying to escape to Greece

A former police chief and a businessman from Istanbul have been detained near the borders as they were trying to escape Turkey purge and flee to Greece. M.G., a former police chief in Van province who was dismissed as part of post-coup crackdown on Gülen movement, was detained near Turkey’s …

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For one more time, Turkish authorities use Hagia Sophia as a mosque (video)

For one more time, Turkish authorities allowed Koran recitations and Ramadan prayers in Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, challenging the religious sentiment of Greek Orthodox Christians around the world. The night prayers were broadcast live via the Turkish state broadcaster on June 21. It is the third attempt of such …

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Erdogan claims Greece hosts terrorists, as Tsipras, Yildirim meet in Athens

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim  in Athens on Monday morning, amid tension over Turkish military personnel seeking asylum in Greece. Hours before the visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that ‘Greece hosts ten terrorists.’ “Neighbors must support each in difficult times,” Tsipras told Yildirim and stressed …

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