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Turkey formally opens the magnificent Church of Chora as a mosque

Of all things on Easter Monday, the Turkish government decided to announce the formal opening of another Byzantine church into a mosque. After Hagia Sophia, the Chora church is the second magnificent heritage of Greek Orthodoxy that Turkey converts into a mosque and opens for prayers to Muslim faithful. The …

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Marine parks challenge Greek-Turkish relations

Greece’s Foreign Ministry affirmed its commitment to safeguarding its sovereign rights, while accusing Turkey of attempting to “politicize” an environmental conservation issue, that of marine parks to be established in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. Greece reaction comes after Turkey challenged on Tuesday Greek sovereign rights and criticized Athens …

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Greece refutes reports claiming “islands demilitarization”

Greece categorically refuted on Wednesday Turkish media reports claiming the “demilitarization” of several Greek islands. Government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis called these demilitarization reports “fake news.” “We make this clear once more: there is absolutely no change of strategy regarding the distribution of forces and the defensive protection of the country,” …

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Mitsotakis – Erdogan agree on a road map for dialogue

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in New York, on the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly meeting. A statement by the PM’s office said both leaders confirmed the positive climate in Greek-Turkish relations and the strong commitment to maintaining it. …

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Erdogan urges UN members to recognize illegally occupied territories in Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the global community to recognize the independence of the illegally occupied territories of Northern Cyprus. Reiterating his call made at the UN General Assembly last year, Erdogan asked the global community to recognize the independence of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, to establish …

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Turkish nationals arrested for espionage in Navy station on Poros

Two Turkish nationals were arrested for espionage after they were seen flying a drone over a Navy station on the island of Poros, south of Athens, last Saturday, police sources said Monday. The two suspects then left the island but police located and arrested them in Monemvasia, a town in …

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European Parliament on Turkiye-EU accession: Process cannot resume under the current circumstances

“Turkiye’s EU accession process cannot resume under the current circumstances,” the European Parliament’s (EP) said in its annual report for 2023. The EP also urged Turkiye and the EU institutions and member-states to “break the current deadlock” and seek a “realistic framework” for EU-Turkiye relations. In matters of Greek interest, …

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Greek, Turkish FMs talks to prepare Mitsotakis-Erdogan meeting

Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis’ meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan  was concluded in Ankara on Tuesday. The main objective the private meeting that lasted two ours was the preparation of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the context of the …

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Turkish fighter jets infringe Athens FIR

A pair of Turkish F-16s entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) on Wednesday without having submitted a flight plan, said the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS). The fighter jets flew over the northeastern region of the Aegean and were intercepted by Greek fighter jets, per international protocols. The …

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UN Peacekeepers assaulted by Turkish-Cypriots in buffer zone (video)

UN peacekeepers on Friday were assaulted while trying to block the unauthorised construction of a road from the Turkish Cypriot side inside the buffer zone near Pyla, UNFICYP said. In an announcement, the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) reported assaults against peacekeepers and damage to UN vehicles “by …

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Τurkey denies liturgy at the historic Panagia Soumela Greek Orthodox monastery

The Turkish authorities’ decision to forbid a liturgy at the historic Orthodox monastery of Panaghia Soumela on the  August 15 religious holiday is an extremely disappointing development for all the faithful and the pilgrims that expected to visit it this year, Greek diplomatic sources said on Friday. The same sources …

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Turkish F-16 fighter jets infringe Athens FIR

A pair of Turkish F-16s entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) on Friday without having submitted a flight plan, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDG) said. They were intercepted by Greek fighter jets, per international protocols. The last time that Turkish military aircraft entered the Athens FIR without …

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Turkey insists on demilitarization of Greece ‘s islands

Omer Celik, the spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling AK Party, has reiterated Ankara’s demand for Greece to demilitarize its eastern Aegean islands. He issued a bellicose warning, stating that there would be consequences if Greece fails to comply. In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haberturk following the meeting between the leaders …

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