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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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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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Russia and Turkey claim they have signed S-400 contract

Money sent, contract signed. The contract for S-400 missiles systems has been allegedly signed between Russia and Turkey. The military aide for military-technical cooperation of President Vladimir Putin announced the deal signature, said the contract was now about to be executed. On the Turkish side, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced …

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Merkel conveys Germany’s veto to Customs Union update with Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Aug. 30 that her country would veto an update of the Customs Union agreement with Turkey, daily Hürriyet has learned. One day before their meetings in Berlin, Merkel announced they will convey the German government’s position to Juncker regarding …

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Bitter row between Erdogan and Germany is getting tenser

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has further strained his country’s relationship with Germany by describing the main German political parties as “enemies of Turkey”. Speaking after Friday prayers to his supporters gathered in a mosque in Istanbul, the Turkish President criticised those who he said had an aggressive or disrespectful …

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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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