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Turkey invites Greece to resume “exploratory talks, unconditionally”

Turkey is making an official offer to Greece to resume exploratory talks within January, the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday. Cavusolgu spoke of “unconditional” talks on all issues that have been discussed over the 60 rounds of talks held until 2016, when contacts were suspended. Cavusoglu said Athens …

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Greek and Turkish Coast Guard boats collide near Imia

A Greek and a Turkish Coast Guard boat collided near the rocky islets of Imia in the Aegean Sea on Wednesday morning when the Turkish vessel rammed the Greek one which was patrolling the area, according to the Greek Coast Guard late on on Wednesday. The Greek newly-built Rafnar type …

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Turkey raises again issue to “renegotiate the Lausanne Treaty” of 1923

For one more time, Turkey raised the issue of negotiating anew the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 that set out the borders of modern Turkey with its neighbors, including Greece. Enegy Minister Fatih Donmez claimed that the conditions of 1923 do not exist anymore and therefore the Treaty should be reviewed …

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Turkish F-16 fly over the Aegean islet of Anthropofagoi (man-eaters)

Turkish fighter jets carried out a fresh round of overflights in the eastern Aegean on Wednesday. A formation of four F-16 aircraft flew over the islet of Athropofagoi at an altitude of 10,000 feet at 10:10 in the morning. The Turkish aircraft were intercepted by Greek jets in line with …

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Turkey issues NAVTEX for Oruc Reis for six months

Turkey on Tuesday issued a navigational telex, or Navtex, for seismic exploration within the contours of its continental shelf. The NAVTEX is valid until June 21, 2021. According to the telex, issued by the Antalya station, the survey work will be conducted by the Oruc Reis, Ataman and Cengiz Han …

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United States sanctions Turkey over Russian missiles S-400

The US State Department announced on Monday that it imposes sanction to Turkey for the purchase and testing of Russian S-400 missiles. The sanctions are imposed under CAATSA 231. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet that Turkey’s S-400 system risks U.S. military technology and personnel and …

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Turkey demands demilitarization of 6 Greek islands

The Turkish navy on Sunday evening issued three navigational (Navtex) warnings demanding the demilitarization of the Greek islands of Samothraki, Lemnos, Chios, Samos, Tilos and Halki. The move came after European Union leaders last week failed to agree on solid sanctions against Turkey over its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. …

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Two men arrested on Rhodes, charged with espionage in favor of Turkey

Greek authorities have arrested two Greek men and charged them with espionage in favor of Turkey. They are accused of videotaping and taking pictures of warships and high- security installations such as military bases. One of the suspects works as secretary at the Turkish Consulate on the island of Rhodes. …

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“Turkey will continue seismic survey and drilling,” says Defense Minister

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey will continue its seismic surveys and drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, including areas around Cyprus, while blaming Greece for raising tensions in the region. Speaking at the Turkish parliament, Akar said surveying ships will be supported by Air Force and Navy forces. “We have …

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Erdogan: EU sanctions will not have great impact for Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that any sanctions imposed by the European Union on Turkey will not have a great impact. He added that the bloc had never acted honestly or kept its promises. Ahead of an EU summit on Thursday, Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara …

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Erdogan: Turkey will not be confined to its coastline

Turkey is in favor of peace and cooperation rather than tension in the eastern Mediterranean, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reported as saying Monday, however adding that his country will not yield to “imperialist” expansionism in the region. “We are not after exploiting the rights of anyone but try to …

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Turkey to conduct firing exercise between Rhodes and Kastellorizo

Turkey ‘s authorities on Friday issued a navigation warning (NAVTEX) for firing exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, in an area between the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo. Turkey announced that the live-fire navy exercises will take place on Dec. 9-10, just ahead of the European  Council where possible sanctions …

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Turkey sends Oruc Reis back to port. Is it enough to escape EU santions?

Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port of Antalya on on Monday morning from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit …

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Turkey blames IRINI Greek Commander for German inspection of cargo ship

Turkey blamed the Greek Commander of “Operation Irene” for the control checks by German soldiers from the frigate Hamburg on Turkish cargo ship Roseline A in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, Germany accused Turkey on Monday of preventing German forces belonging to an EU military mission from …

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Turkish policemen, PKK members on fishing boat seized by Greek Coast Guard

Greek Coast Guard seized a fishing boat with dozens of Turkish and Kurdish dissidents seeking refuge from Erdogan’s regime in Europe. On board of “Nemo” were 65 people, also refugees from Afghanistan and Iraqi Kurdistan.. According to local news website ilialive, 20 Turkish police officers, 10 Kurds members of PKK, …

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