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Two cargo vessels collide off Chios island; Turkish cargo rejects Greek SAR (video)

Two cargo vessels collided 9 nautical miles North-North-West of the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon. While the Turkish vessel is taking water, its captain has refused aid by the Greek Coast Guard. The vessels with flags of Vanuatu -ANT- and Singapore – POTENTIA- have …

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Erdogan secures another 5 years as Turkey’s President

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cemented his place in Turkish politics as the longest-serving leader with a runoff victory on Sunday against Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu As millions held their breath in the first runoff he faced, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left his mark in the history of the Republic of Türkiye with another …

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Turkey elections: Last minute withdrawal of candidate Ince raises chances for Kilicdaroglu first-round victory.

In a shocking move just three days ahead of the Turkish presidential elections, candidate Muharrem Ince announced his withdrawal, citing a defamation campaign against him by FETÖ Muharrem Ince, head of the Homeland Party (MP) and one of the four candidates running for the Presidency in the May 14 elections, …

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Erdogan: “Turkey will continue to annoy Greece”

Turkey will continue to “annoy those on the other side of the sea,” president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in what is seen as a fresh swipe against Greece following a thaw in relations between the two countries. “You will have noticed that every success of our defense industry annoys the …

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Turkey escalates rhetoric threats on Greek islands, Thrace

Turkey continues its aggressive rhetoric and occupation threats against Greece, with both the foreign minister and the president to reiterate their claims on the sovereignty of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and even go a step further claiming a part of the mainland. Erdogan’s party AKP uploaded a …

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US approves upgrade of Turkey’s F-16s

The US Department of State announced Saturday it has decided to approve a sale of avionics software upgrades for Turkey’s existing F-16 fleet. The deal, valued at an estimated $259 million, is the first military equipment sale to Turkey in years. Turkey has also requested new F-16s and nearly 80 …

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“Earthquake Diplomacy” over: Turkey reiterates claims in the Aegean Sea

Famous “Earthquake Diplomacy” between Greece and Turkey did not last long – as not otherwise expected. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu brought back on the agenda the Turkish claims questioning the Greek sovereignty over islands in the Aegean Sea. In an interview on Monday, the Turkish FM said that there are …

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Greek defense minister pays solidarity visit to earthquake-stricken Turkey

Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos visited earthquake-stricken areas in Turkey on Tuesday, after an invitation by his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar. At the country’s Disaster & Crisis Coordination & Management Center in Antakya (Antioch), Akar briefed the Greek minister on latest developments and the current situation. The two ministers …

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Erdogan to inaugurate Akkuyu nuclear plant, Putin may join

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin may visit Turkey on April 27 for the inauguration of the country’s first nuclear power reactor built by Russia’s state nuclear energy company Rosatom. “Maybe there is a possibility that Mr Putin will come on April 27, or …

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US Senator Menendez: Turkey doesn’t deserve to get F-16 jets

Bob Menendez, US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sharply criticized Turkey on its stance towards NATO enlargement, its relations with Greece and Cyprus, and its human rights record, saying it does not “deserve” to acquire new fighter jets from the United States. The comment was made …

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Turkish ambassador thanks EMAK for earthquake assistance

Turkish Ambassador to Athens Cagatay Erciyes visited the headquarters of Greece’s EMAK disaster response team in a gesture of gratitude for its assistance in the aftermath of February’s disastrous earthquake, the embassy said in a tweet Monday. The embassy said that the Turkish envoy, who was accompanied by Climate Crisis …

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Earthquake diplomacy: Turkey’s FM submits de-escalation proposal to Greece

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has submitted a six-point proposal to Greece with the aim to improve the bilateral relations following the earthquake disaster and Greece’s assistance and solidarity. The submitted plan was revealed by PM Mitsotakis’ Diplomatic Office Director media reported. Speaking to Greek journalists on Saturday, Cavusoglu praised …

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Earthquake Diplomacy: “New page” in Athens-Ankara relations, says Turkish FM

Τurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke of a “new page” in relations between Ankara and Athens, following the devastating earthquake and the prompt assistance by Greece. Speaking during a press conference in Ankara with visiting Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen, Cavusoglu sent a message of normalization of Turkey’s relations with the …

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Earthquake Diplomacy: Greek PM calls Turkish President

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his sadness over the devastating earthquakes in Turkey in a phone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday. The Greek premier also conveyed the support and condolences of the government and the Greek people for the loss of human lives. Mitsotakis reiterated Greece’s …

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Greece sends rescue teams to earthquake-ridden Turkey

Greece is sending special search and rescue forces to Turkey after a 7.8 Richter earthquake devastated large areas in the South-East and North Syria, having trapped thousands of people in the debris early Monday morning. Greece is one of the first countries to respond to turkey’s appeal for help and …

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Turkey: Western states gave it no evidence to back up security threat reports

Turkey said on Friday that Western nations, including the United States and Germany, had not given it any information to back up their assertions that security threats had prompted them to close their missions in the country. Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested the powers may have been trying to portray …

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Senators ask Biden to link F-16 sale to Ankara to NATO enlargement

Two US Senators are asking President Joe Biden to link the issue of NATO enlargement with the request submitted by Turkey for the upgrade and purchase of new F-16 fighter jets. In the letter authored by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican colleague Thom Tillis of North …

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Turkey postpones indefinitely NATO talks with Sweden, Finland

NATO has indefinitely postponed talks with  Finland and Sweden at Turkey’s request. The talks were scheduled for February. Their applications have already been approved by 28 alliance countries, but Hungary and Turkey have not ratified them. NATO membership negotiations between Turkey, Sweden and Finland have been postponed indefinitely at Ankara’s …

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Neither F-16s nor F-35s for Turkey, USA makes clear

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez expressed his clear opposition to the sale of F-16 fighters jets to Turkey warning that he will veto such a decision by the Biden administration. Speaking to Mega TV, Menendez said that the U.S. State Department should adopt a firmer stance toward …

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