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Hijacker of TWA 847 arrested on Mykonos, while cruising Greek islands

Greek police have arrested a 65-year old Lebanese man, suspected to be one of the hijacker s of TWA flight 847 in 1985. The man was wanted by German authorities for aircraft hijacking and kidnapping, crimes committed in 1985 and 1987. The man was reportedly touring the Greek islands and …

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German FM Maas:”Great respect” for Greece’s handling of migration

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed his “great respect” for Greece, both for the heavy burden placed upon it during the crisis and for the actions taken by the new government on migration and to speed up the pace of reforms. The German minister made the statement in a joint …

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Basis for Cyprus talks but disagreements on serious issues remain, says….

There is common basis for talks, but disagreements on serious issues remain, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday after a 3-hour informal meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the first after long time. The meeting of took place at the residence UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar in the …

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Trump: US will not sell F-35 to Turkey, but reluctant to impose sanctions

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his administration would not sell to Turkey F-35 fighter jets because of Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense system. However, he showed reluctance to impose sanctions against the country. During a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Trump said “we are now telling Turkey…we’re …

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EU releases measures against Turkey for its “illegal drilling off Cyprus”

The European Union released punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal drilling off Cyprus and its strongly concerned such activities. The EU suspends high-level talks with Turkey, cuts in pre-accession funding, freezes aviation agreement talks, asks the European Investment Bank to review lending to Turkey. Turkish drilling activities in the …

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Turkey will keep drilling until Greek Cypriots accept plan, says Cavusoglu

Turkey will continue drilling for gas in waters off Cyprus if the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government does not accept a cooperation proposal put forward by Turkish Cypriots, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday. Cavusoglu said a proposal by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that both parties on the …

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EU envoys approve sanctions against Turkey over illegal drilling off Cyprus

European Union member states have approved sanctions against Turkey over its illegal drilling off Cyprus. The draft statement approved  by envoys of EU member states foresees: Suspension of negotiations of Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement Temporary suspension of high-level dialogue Reduction of per-accession assistance for Turkey in 2020 European Investment Bank …

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Turkey complicit in migrants trafficking, says Cyprus Minister

Cyprus’ interior minister is accusing Turkey and Turkish Cypriots in the occupied north of the island of helping to traffic migrants to the internationally recognized southern part of the ethnically split island nation. Constantinos Petrides told state radio Monday it’s “now certain” that a mass influx of migrants is arriving …

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US urges Turkey to reopen the Theological School of Halki

The United States has called on Turkey to immediately reopen the Theological School of Halki. In its annual report about Religious Freedom around the world for the year 2018, the US State Department criticized that despite previous assurances Turkey has not opened the School yet. “We are urging the immediate …

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EU threatens Turkey with sanctions over “illegal actions” in Cyprus, Greece

The 28 European leaders have threatened Turkey with sanctions if it continues its illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and [interesting to note] in the Aegean Sea. In the Conclusions statement following the European Council Summit in Brussels,  the European leaders “strongly condemn” and express “serious concerns” about Turkey’s illegal …

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Tsipras at EU Summit: Measures and sanctions against Turkey if no immediate stop of violations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on European leaders to take measures and sanctions against Turkey, if it does not stop violations of International Law and provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Arriving at the European Council Summit in Brussels, Tsipras said “A clear message must be given …

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Turkey’s drilling in Cyprus EEZ is “highly provocative,” warns USA

The US State Department has described as “highly provocative” Turkey’s drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. The move increases the risk of tension in the area. To a question posed by Greek website hellas journal, the State Department reiterated its position on the issue and called on Turkey …

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Turkey starts drilling as South EU leaders side with Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey’s natural gas exploitation vessel Fatih started drilling right in the West of Cyprus.” “We’ve sent our drill ships [to the Eastern Mediterranean] in order to protect the rights of Turkey and the TRNC [Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus],” he said. But Greek …

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Turkey threatens US with retaliation over Russian S-400 missiles

Turkey will never retreat on its deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, the country’s foreign minister said on Friday. “We will never take a step back [on the S-400s],” Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency’s segment Editor’s Desk in the capital Ankara. “We will continue our dedication in order …

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Greece and North Macedonia upgrade their liaison offices to embassies

Greece and North Macedonia upgraded their liaison offices to embassies on Friday. The ministries of foreign affairs of both countries exchanged notes verbales that upgrade their liaison and consular offices to embassies and consulates-general, respectively. The upgrade takes place in accordance with the provisions of the agreements settling the differences …

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EC presidency: Weber would be a negative development for Europe, says Tsipras

Selecting the candidate of European People’s Party as European Commission president would be a negative development for Europe, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at the preparatory meeting of the Party of European Socialists (PES) on Tuesday. For the Greek Prime Minister the German candidate Weber (CSU) is “extremely conservative” and …

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Congressmen table bill to lift US arms embargo on Cyprus

Democrats and Republican US Congressmen tabled a bill to US Congress introducing the lifting of arms embargo on Cyprus. The arms embargo was imposed in 1987. Congressmen Ted Deutch and David Cicilline from the Democrats and Gus M. Bilirakis from the Republicans introduced on Wednesday the bipartisan, bicameral Eastern Mediterranean …

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Lime scooters free of charge in Greece & 10 EU countries on May 26 elections

Lime scooters is providing up to 15 hours’ worth of urban rides free of charge on May 26 in Greece and ten other EU countries to encourage people to vote at the European Parliament elections. The company offers free scooters and helmets in the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki in …

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