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Cyprus 5+1 talks in Geneva end in deadlock, as expected

The informal 5+1 talks on the Cyprus issue ended as expected: in a deadlock. The talks on the initiative of Secretary General of United Nations Antonio Guterres and outside the UN mandate  started in Geneva on Wednesday and ended Thursday noon. Guterres said after the talks that there was not …

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USA removes Turkey from F-35 program over Russian S-400

The United States has officially notified Turkey that it has been removed from the F-35 fighter jet program, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on April 21. After terminating a 2006 memorandum of understanding, the United States signed a new agreement with other signatories, Anadolu Agency quoted a Pentagon official as saying. The …

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Blinken: NATO must keep Turkey close despite differences

The NATO alliance can emerge stronger after period of internal divisions and must keep Turkey at the heart of transatlantic ties, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. Blinken said that, despite public differences with Ankara, the United States and NATO had a strong interest in keeping Turkey …

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US President Joe Biden’s message on bicentennial of Greek Revolution 1821

US President Joe Biden on Monday sent President Katerina Sakellaropoulou a letter on occasion of Greece celebrating the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek Revolution. In his letter, Biden underlined the fact that Greece is a key NATO ally and close friend of the United States, a country that provides stability …

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Greece, Cyprus, Israel sign EuroAsia Interconnector agreement to link electricity supply

Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement in Nicosia on Monday linking the electricity supply of the three countries through a cable to be built, the EuroAsia Interconnector. Greek Environment & Energy Minister Costas Skrekas said during the signing event that the EuroAsia Interconnector “will contribute decisively to end Cyprus’ …

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European Parliament honors iconic Greek anti-fascist Manolis Glezos

The European Parliament will honor iconic Greek resistance fighter and symbol against WWII Nazis, Manolis Glezos. The EP’s Bureau has decided to give a meeting room in the Altiero Spinelli building in Brussels the name “Manolis Glezos.” The Greek politician who passed away at the age of 98 in March …

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US Secretary of State Blinken speaks with Greek counterpart Dendias

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias on Monday, the first contacts since Blinken assumed office. I a statement, the State Department said that Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Dendias emphasized their commitment to further strengthening U.S.-Greece bilateral relations, including …

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NATO head urges EU to take “positive approach” towards Turkey

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has urged the European Union leaders to take a “positive approach” towards Turkey. “Τηε EU needs to realize τηε importance of Turkey as part of NATO, Western family,” Stoltenberg said, according to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu. Acknowledging the existence of differences and disagreements …

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EU to toughen sanctions on Turkish drilling: Summit draft

The European Union will impose sanctions on more Turkish individuals and companies responsible for drilling in contested waters in the Mediterranean, according to a draft statement prepared for EU leaders to agree at a summit on Thursday. If agreed, the EU will “prepare additional listings” on the basis of a …

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EUCO President Michel warns of EU sanctions against Turkey

The European Union and Turkey must stop the “game of cat and mouse,” European Council President Charles Michel said on Friday. EU “members will weigh sanctions against Turkey,” he added. Michel’s statement came as Turkey withdrew for one more time the exploration vessel Oruc Reis from “disputed waters” ahead of …

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FRONTEX Chief urged to resign over pushbacks following EP hearing

European Union lawmakers lashed out Tuesday at the head of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri over allegations that the border and coast guard agency helped illegally stop migrants or refugees entering Europe, calling for his resignation and demanding an independent inquiry. The lawmakers grilled Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri over an investigation in …

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Egyptian, Greek Naval Forces in joint drill in Mediterranean Sea

Egyptian and Greek naval forces conducted joint military training in the northern Mediterranean Sea, in efforts to reinforce the exchange of expertise with the armed forces of friendly countries. The drill was conducted as the Egyptian naval units were on their way back from another training “Friendship Bridge-3″ with the …

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European Parliament votes in favor of sanctions against Turkey

For the first time, the European Parliament, by a large majority, voted in favor of the strict imposition of sanctions on Turkey, adopting the amendment tabled by the Greek and Cypriot Delegations, at the initiative of Vangelis Meimarakis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas. The result of the vote was 440 …

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