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Turkey claims airspace violations in the Aegean are “legal”

Turkey has claimed that airspace violations in the Aegean are “legal” and “no threat to Greece.” Calling Turkish flights over Aegean “a threat” is incompatible to good neighborly ties, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in response to a Greek Foreign Ministry statement. This is the latest “war of words” between …

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Greek FM sharply criticizes Erdogan defending airspace violations

The Greek Foreign Ministry sharply criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his comments about flights of the Greek Air Force over the Aegean. “Whenever Greek military aircraft takes off in the Aegean, Turkish jets will follow suit,” Erdogan said during an interview with private broadcaster Haberturk. Equating …

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Turkish citizens fleeing Erdogan find safe stopover in Greece

Thousands of Turkish citizens have fled to Greece after the failed coup in summer 2016, seeking a safe stopover before they move further, to other European countries. Turks in exile although majority of them entered illegally to Greece are clear to distinguished from the countless migrants from Syria and Afghanistan …

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“Crete belongs to Turkey”: Historical unfounded claims and fake maps

Turkey’s propaganda and unfounded claims towards Greece have reached a new level: no need to try a geopolitical analysis or bring historical facts to dismiss such claims. The case of the Turkish nationalist mindset must now be handed over to psychiatrists. Turkish newspaper Sozcu published an article claiming that only …

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EP Rapporteur calls for suspension of EU-Turkey accessions talks

European Parliament Rapporteur Kati Piri proposes the formal suspension of accession negotiations with Turkey reiterating her call on Ankara to refrain from threatening Cyprus. Dutch socialist MEP Kati Piri presented on Wednesday to the European Parliament in Strasbourg her draft report on Turkey`s accession progress. Her report said that continuing …

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Turkey to seek extradition of footballer Arif Erdem from Greece

A Turkish court has begun extradition proceedings for Turkish former international football player Arif Erdem, who faces a possible 15-year prison sentence in Turkey for alleged membership of the outlawed Gülen religious movement, Ahval reports citing Turkish news site Diken reported. A warrant to detain Erdem was issued in July …

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Turkey in paranoia: “Greece, Israel, Egypt are part of Khashoggi’s murder plot”

A very new Turkish narrative based on paranoia and conspiracy theories: “Greece, Israel and Egypt are part of the murder plot of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Istanbul. This unbelievable allegation has been claimed by Erdogan’s close aide Yigit Bulut, who is famous for his delirium …

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Threats against Greece as Turkey launches its first oil, gas drilling in Mediterranean

Turkey has launched it first drilling for oil and gas in East Mediterranean, a move to spark new tensions with neighboring Greece and Cyprus. Right at the drilling start on Wednesday, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez warned Greece and Cyprus saying “We will do everything necessary if …

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US warns to sanction Turkey over S-400 missiles purchase from Russia

The United States has warned Turkey over the purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia. In an exclusive statement to a Greek news website Hellas Journal, a representative of the State Department expressed Washington’s concerns over the purchase and threatened with sanctions and repercussions in defense trade. “an S-400 …

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Bulut: “Greece will be destroyed in 3-4 hours if wages war against Turkey,”

He is beyond control and any possible fantasy. Yigit Bulut, economic adviser and close aide of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan. Not only because he sees an international conspiracy against Turkey. And that those “major power” use Greece to achieve their goals. In an interview to a Turkish state broadcaster, …

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“Turkey is a violator of International Law,” says Greece’s Foreign Ministry

Greece has rebuked Turkey after its Defense Minister Hulusi Akar claimed more or less that the sea area off South-East Crete belonged to Turkey’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Ever since 1996 Turkey has been claiming that also the island of Gavdos is part of what it calls “grey zones” in …

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“Turkey will not tolerate fait accompli in Aegean or Mediterranean,” says Defense…

Turkey has taken all necessary measures if a decision is taken contrary to its rights and interests in the Aegean Sea, Turkish Defense Minister and former four-star general and Chief of Turkish General Staff, Hulusi Akar, said on Wednesday. Turkey will not tolerate any Greek fait-accompli in the Aegean or …

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“Greece alone has right to extension of its territorial waters, whenever…” says Athens

“Extension of coastline is a legitimate and inalienable sovereign right of Greece, in accordance with international law,” Athens responded to Ankara that claimed extension of territorial waters was a casus belli.tells In a statement issued early Tuesday afternoon, the Greek Foreign Ministry said Greece’s right to expand its territorial waters …

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