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Turkey “slams” Cyprus for exploring hydrocarbon in its EEZ

This must be kind of joke of the century stuff. Turkey that illegally occupies the North of Cyprus claims rights in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone. Hours after Cyprus invited international companies for off-shore hydrocarbon exploration in the Plot Area Number 7, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing “concerns” …

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Erdogan threatens “no steps in Cyprus and Aegean without Turkey’s permission”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired new salvos and threatened Greece and Cyprus to no proceed with energy drilling in the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. “Those who try to ignore us in Cyprus and the Aegean Sea are endangering their own presence,” he said during a speech at the …

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Erdogan says Turkey to increase military presence in occupied North Cyprus

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to increase Turkey’s military presence in the illegally occupied North Cyprus. Erdogan’s threats come just a few hours before the opening of the annual session of the UN General Assembly, with Secretary General Antonio Guterres to examine the prospects of resuming the negotiations on the …

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Turkey’s top court rejects plea to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

Millions of Greek Orthodox Christians breathed in relief  on Thursday upon hearing that Turkey’s Constitutional Court rejected a plea to open the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul as a mosque. The Constitutional Court rejected an association’s demand that the Hagia Sophia be opened for Muslim prayers on “non-competence” grounds, indicating …

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The more Turkey is economically cornered, the ruder its “diplomacy” becomes

The inauguration of the renovated Greek Consulate in the coastal city of Izmir was anything but a well prepared show by Turkey to challenge Greece. Not only did they stage a “show of power” with Turkish aircraft; the chief of Turkish diplomacy dared challenged Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias who …

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Turkeys FM wants new chapter with Greece ties, berates ‘safe haven for criminals’

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for a new chapter in diplomatic ties with Greece, but at the same time he berated the neighboring country for providing a safe haven for Turkish “criminals.” “The situation in our relations today is not to the benefit of our countries. Building trust is …

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Turkish Cypriot man arrested for alleged espionage for Cyprus

A man in Turkish-occupied  Cyprus has been arrested over alleged espionage for Greek Cyprus, Turkish media report on Wednesday. The man allegedly took pictures of Turkish soldiers at the port of Famagusta. According to daily Hurriyet, the “Turkish Cypriot police said they were intercepting the man, identified as Mehmet Besimoğlu, …

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Turkish jets violated Greece’s air space 47 times on a single day

Turkish fighter jets violated Greek national air space a total of 47 times on Tuesday and thus while the Hellenic Air Force was mourning for the death of pilot Major Nikolaos Vassiliou during the crash of a training aircraft. The violations took place over the northeast, central and southeast parts …

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Two Turkish commandos missing after released from custody in Greece

Two Turkish commandos who sought asylum in Greece over their alleged involvement in the failed coup against President Recept Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016 have allegedly gone missing from police custody. Their lawyer Stavroula Tomara claimed towards British newspaper The Times, that Helit Ctin and Fatih Arik may already be …

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Former Turkish deputy with HDP flees to Greece, seeks political asylum

A former lawmaker of pro-Kurdish party HDP fled Turkey and illegally cross into Greece. 44-year-old Leyla Birlik, a former Sirnak deputy with the Kurdish party HDP at the Turkish Parliament, sought political asylum fearing for her life. Turkey has banned her from traveling abroad after she was brought to trial …

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Turkish pilot Ozkaynakci may receive travel documents to leave Greece

Suleyman Ozkaynakci, the Turkish serviceman who piloted the helicopter in which he and seven other Turkish officers fled to Greece after the failed coup in Turkey, was granted full asylum and may receive travel documents to leave Greece. According to the reasoning for granting asylum by the Greek Council of …

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Turkish warships harass Cypriot fishing boat in international waters

Two Turkish warships harassed a Cypriot fishing boat on Thursday and forced it back to Cyprus after threatening to arrest the crew, media report. The Cyprios fishing boat belonging to the company ‘Ta Psarokaika’ on Thursday, while the vessel was in international waters, company head Aristos Aristeidou told Cyprus News …

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Greek soldiers back home after 167 days in Turkish custody (picts, videos)

It was 3:19 Wednesday morning when the state airplane landed at the airport of Thessaloniki. On board were Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis, who touched again Greek soil after 167 days in Turkish custody. Second Lieutnant Mitretodis and Sergeant Kouklatzis exited the airplane wearing military uniforms and not …

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Two Greek soldiers in Turkish custody are to be set free in the next hours

The two Greek soldiers, Mitretodis and Kouklatzis, in Turkish custody since March 1st are to be set free in the next hours. According to preliminary information, the unexpected move has surprised also the soldiers’ lawyers who were supposed to submit one more release request. Τhe news was first reported by …

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Turkish fishermen fire shots at Greek colleagues close to Leros island

Greek fishermen have denounced that Turkish fishermen fired shots at them near the island of Leros in the Dodecanese in Greek territorial waters. Nobody was hurt in the incident that took place off the islet of Kalapodi, some 300 meters from the shores of Leros on Sunday morning. Speaking to …

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Greek Minister blocks extradition of Turkish journalist Kaya

Greek Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis intervened in the extradition case of  Turkish journalist Turgut Kaya. With a ministerial decision issued on Saturday, Kontonis froze the extradition  the extradition process ordered by a Greek court earlier this year. The Turkish journalist, aged 45, has been on a hunger strike since the …

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Erdogan’s chief aide: Greece might leave EU to join Turkey

Amid the havoc and the despair in Greece’s wildfires, a joke comes from Turkey. In all seriousness. Chief aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a notorious provocateur,  opened his mouth and started telling fairy tales right from the darkest corridor of the Anatolian bazaar. From snoozing story teller to hypnotized …

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Athens wildfires: Turkish citizens wish Greeks “Get Well, Neighbor!”

Hundreds of Turkish citizens gathered outside the Greek consulate in the city of Izmir on Thursday to express their solidarity with the Greek people following the devastating wildfires and the heavy death toll. Simple people and members of trade unions held banners reading “Hold On, Neighbors!” Some were holding a …

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