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Turkey claims airspace violations in the Aegean are “legal”

Turkey has claimed that airspace violations in the Aegean are “legal” and “no threat to Greece.” Calling Turkish flights over Aegean “a threat” is incompatible to good neighborly ties, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in response to a Greek Foreign Ministry statement. This is the latest “war of words” between …

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Greek FM sharply criticizes Erdogan defending airspace violations

The Greek Foreign Ministry sharply criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his comments about flights of the Greek Air Force over the Aegean. “Whenever Greek military aircraft takes off in the Aegean, Turkish jets will follow suit,” Erdogan said during an interview with private broadcaster Haberturk. Equating …

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Erdogan trades “Fethiye Mosque in Athens” with “reopening of Halki School”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that he was willing to open the Orthodox Theological School of Halki if Greece opens to old Ottoman Fethiye Mosque in downtown Athens and thus with a “minaret reaching the sky.” Speaking at an event in Edirne, Erdogan said when Greek Prime Minister Alexis …

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Turkish aircraft violate Greek airspace 39 times on a single day

For one more time, Turkish airplanes conducted dozens of violations of Greek airspace. A total of 39 violations of Flight Information Region Athens took place on a single day, Friday, February 15, 2019. The airspace violations were conducted by Turkish F-16 and CN-235 spy aircraft. The F-16 came in two …

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Turkish citizens fleeing Erdogan find safe stopover in Greece

Thousands of Turkish citizens have fled to Greece after the failed coup in summer 2016, seeking a safe stopover before they move further, to other European countries. Turks in exile although majority of them entered illegally to Greece are clear to distinguished from the countless migrants from Syria and Afghanistan …

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“Crete belongs to Turkey”: Historical unfounded claims and fake maps

Turkey’s propaganda and unfounded claims towards Greece have reached a new level: no need to try a geopolitical analysis or bring historical facts to dismiss such claims. The case of the Turkish nationalist mindset must now be handed over to psychiatrists. Turkish newspaper Sozcu published an article claiming that only …

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EP Rapporteur calls for suspension of EU-Turkey accessions talks

European Parliament Rapporteur Kati Piri proposes the formal suspension of accession negotiations with Turkey reiterating her call on Ankara to refrain from threatening Cyprus. Dutch socialist MEP Kati Piri presented on Wednesday to the European Parliament in Strasbourg her draft report on Turkey`s accession progress. Her report said that continuing …

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Turkey to seek extradition of footballer Arif Erdem from Greece

A Turkish court has begun extradition proceedings for Turkish former international football player Arif Erdem, who faces a possible 15-year prison sentence in Turkey for alleged membership of the outlawed Gülen religious movement, Ahval reports citing Turkish news site Diken reported. A warrant to detain Erdem was issued in July …

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