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Tension in Imia: Turkish Coast Guard rams patrol boat of Greek Coast Guard

A vessel of the Turkish Coast Guard has rammed a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat in the sea area of Imia. The Greek vessel suffered significant damages. The unprecedented incident occurred a quarter before Monday midnight. According to military affairs website millitaire.gr, Turkish Coast Guard vessel UMUT rammed the Greek …

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Cyprus drill ship: EU tells Turkey to avoid damaging actions

The European Union on Monday called on Turkey to avoid threats and “refrain from any actions that might damage good neighborly” ties after Cyprus, a member of the bloc, accused the Turkish military of obstructing a ship exploring for gas. Cyprus is one of several states, also including Israel and …

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Turkey threatens Greece in the Aegean, harasses ENI drillship off Cyprus

Turkey’s top general, Chief of General Staff, Hulusi Akar,  has claimed that Turkey has the capacity to keep the Aegean Sea “under control” while simultaneously conducting its ongoing military incursion, “Operation Olive Branch”, in northwest Syria. “We have the strength to conduct an operation in Afrin and keep the Aegean under …

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Turkey tells Greece it owns the Eastern Aegean Continental Shelf

Turkey is ready to take “all necessary measures” to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey’s ownership of the continental shelf in the eastern Aegean, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu tells Kathimerini in an interview. Çavuşoğlu claimed that an area where Turkey is exploring for hydrocarbons – Block 6 …

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Erdogan: Greece’s stance over ‘Macedonia’ name dispute is wrong

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenges Greece once again extending Turkey’s support to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the ‘Macedonia’ name dispute, which has reached a critical point. Referring to FYROM as “our brothers”, he said that Ankara would always stand by Skopje. “For us Ankara and …

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Greek court rejects extradition of Turkish citizen over links to bombings

A Greek court on Friday ruled against the extradition of a Turkish man wanted by Turkey over links to a banned militant group blamed for suicide bombings in Turkey, court officials said. Mehmet Dogan, 60, is one of nine people detained by Greece’s anti-terrorism service in November, weeks before Turkish …

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Greece describe Turkish threats as “contemptible statements”

The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, A. Yennimatas, stressed the following in response to a journalist’s question concerning statements made, regarding Imia, by an advisor to the Turkish President: “Contemptible statements such as these that came from the advisor to the Turkish President are foreign to European political …

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Erdogan’s top adviser threatens to “break the legs” of Greece’s PM or any Minister who steps on Imia

Chief advisor of Turkish President Erdogan, Yigit Bulut, has threatened Greece over the disputed islet of Imia in the Eastern Aegean Sea. “Athens will face the wrath of Turkey worse than that in Afrin,” Bulut said in a Television show of a private network. “We will break the arms and …

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Did Turkish Coast Guard prohibit Greek Defense Minister from approaching Imia?

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammos sailed to the islet of Imia on Sunday to pay respect to the three Greek pilots lost their lives when an Augusta Bell Helicopter fell into the sea during the Imia conflict on 28 Janaurary 1996. Officials pictures  and videos released by the defense Ministry …

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Turkey submits third extradition request for the 8 Turkish soldiers

Turkey has filed one more extradition request claiming it had new evidence about the involvement of the 8 Turkish soldiers in the failed coup of July 2016.  The file was was given to Greek officials during the visit of Turkish Deputy Justice Minister Bilal Ucar in Athens on Tuesday. “We …

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Turkish coast guard boat bumps on Greek Navy gunboat off Imia islet

A patrol boat of the Turkish Coast Guard bumped on gunboat “Nikiforos” of the Greek Navy  off the islet of Imia in the eastern Aegean Sea on Wednesday. Nikiforos was on routine patrol near the islet, Ankara claims it belongs to Turkey. The incident occurred in the Greek territorial waters. …

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“Unacceptable” says Turkey angry about Greece-Cyprus-Jordan energy deal

Turkey got angry over the energy deal signed among Greece, Cyrpus and Jordan. And had its mouthpiece, the occupied territories of Northern Cyprus slam the agreement as “unacceptable” claiming  it “ignores the Turkish Cypriots’ essential rights.” Of course, ever since the military invention on Cyprus by Turkish troops in July …

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Ankara reiterates Athens must extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers

Briefing reporters on a Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag reiterated Ankara’s request that Athens extradite to Turkey eight ex-soldiers who fled to Greece the day after the failed coup. Whoever is involved in a coup and flees abroad must …

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