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Rafale acquisition, F-16 & Mirage upgrade could give Greece’s Air Force superiority over Turkey

Greece’s goals to acquire new fighter jets and upgrade its existing air force could see the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) attain a very formidable qualitative edge over its Turkish rival by the end of the 2020s, notes an article posted on magazine Forbes. The articles lists the Greek plans to …

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Borrell’s adviser Tocci sees “macho policies” in Greece, equates it with Turkey’s aggressiveness

A post on social media by an adviser to EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell triggered an outrage on Greek social media. Director of the Italian Institute for International Relations Natalie Tocci not only equated Greece with Turkey’s provocations and aggressiveness; she called the dispute in the East Mediterranean as display …

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USA partly lifts arms embargo to Cyprus

The USA decided to waive the restrictions and allow the export of non-lethal defense articles and services to the Republic of Cyprus. The decision taken by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – announced on Monday – is pursuant to the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, …

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Sanctions against Turkey to be discussed at Leaders Summit in Sept (UPD)

The European Union announced on Friday that a list with sanctions against Turkey has been drafted and that it will be discussed at the Summit on September 24-25, 2020. At a press conference following the informal EU foreign ministers Gymnich meeting in Berlin, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & …

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives at naval base of Souda

Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrived at the Gulf of Souda in Crete early Tuesday morning. The US Navy’s newest helicopter carrier docked at the K-14 quay of the port in Marathi at the Naval Base of Souda, local media report. The ship arrived form Italy where it …

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Israel rush to express solidarity with Greece even if with delay

Israel rushed to express its solidarity with Greece via multiple channels on Wednesday even if with delay as the tension with Turkey in the East Mediterranean Sea has been ongoing since Monday. “Israel is cautiously monitoring the increase in tension in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Israeli Embassy in Athens tweeted. …

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Egypt says Turkey’s seismic survey plans could encroach on its waters

Egypt said that part of a seismic survey planned by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean potentially encroached on waters where Cairo claims exclusive rights. An advisory issued last month by Turkey for the survey overlaps with Egypt’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), constituting “a violation and an attack on Egypt’s sovereign …

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German FM Maas urges Turkey to avoid “provocative actions”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Turkey on Tuesday to fully engage in planned talks with the European Union and avoid “provocative actions” in the Eastern Mediterranean in an effort to head off a potential crisis with neighboring Greece. “We have a very clear position: international law must be respected. …

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EU Foreign Ministers criticize Turkey over Hagia Sophia and drilling

European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticized Turkey for several reasons, including energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters and changing the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque. For their first face-to-face meeting in months, the ministers were planning to discuss taking a tougher stand on Ankara …

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Turkey-Libya deal, drilling activities are “counterproductive” says US State Dept.

Turkey’s drilling activities, combined with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Libya are are “counterproductive” and do not contribute to the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Palmer said on Wednesday at a teleconference with Greek …

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Turkey and USA to cooperate on Libya, says Turkish FM

Turkish foreign and defense ministries and intelligence will soon work with US counterparts on Libya, Turkey ’s top diplomat said on Thursday. Speaking at a webinar with the US-based Turkish American National Steering Committee, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his US counterpart Donald Trump to …

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks march for Justice (video)

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and some of his teammates marched with a group protesting racial injustice on Saturday, June 6, in Milwaukee. The group they were with joined a larger group led by activist Frank Nitty. As protests continued in Milwaukee for a ninth consecutive day, one peaceful march …

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