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Greek delegation withdraws from NATO Parliamentary Assembly in protest

Eclat in NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels: the Greek delegation withdrew in protest, denouncing the president’s stance. During the Assembly meeting, the Greek delegation highlighted the issue of the Turkey-Libya Agreement that violates Greek sovereign rights and sought to inform NATO member states of Turkey’s actions in violation of Greek …

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Oruc Reis ready for exploration in Block 15 south of Crete, says Turkey

Ankara prepares to send the seismic research vessel Oruc Reis south-east off the Greek island of Crete to carry out natural gas exploration, pro-government daily Yeni Safask reports on Wednesday. In an article with the title “Crete’s Permit Ready” the daily writes that the vessels will operate in Block 15 …

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Turkish Coast Guard vessels harass Greek Coast Guard off Kastelorizo

Vessels of the Turkish Coast Guard harassed vessels of the Greek Coast Guard as they were preparing to collect migrants and refugees on board a dinghy near the islet of Strongyli, off the coast of the island of Kastelorizo in the South-East Aegean Sea. An area crucial for the Greek …

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Macron: “France supports Greece & Cyprus, condemns Turkey’s challenges”

“France supports Greece and Cyprus in terms of respect for their sovereign rights, condemning Turkey’s challenge of these,” President Emmannuel Macron said during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday. “We repeated our concerns and condemned unequivocally the Turkey-Libya agreement,” …

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“Turkey in talks with Italy over drilling off Libya” says Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Turkey was in talks with Italy over drilling in the sea area off Libya, that is in the maritime zone as stated in the Turkey-Libya agreement. Speaking to reporters, Erdogan revealed the relevant negotiations between Ankara and Rome. “Italy is currently negotiating with us in …

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“Greece ready to send forces to Libya,” says FM Dendias

“Greece is ready to help the next day in Libya. Either by joining those forces needed for a truce, or by the participation of Greek forces in the European operation to implement the arms embargo as well as the deployment of mercenaries to Libya,,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said after …

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Libyan General Haftar arrives in Athens short before Berlin Conference

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar arrived in Athens late on Thursday short before the Conference in Berlin on upcoming Sunday. Haftar will meet with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Friday morning and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at noon, state media report. A private meeting between the Libyan General and the Greek …

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Greece requested to attend the Libya Peace Conference in Berlin

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Tuesday that Greece has requested to attend the Berlin Peace Conference on Libya scheduled to take place on upcoming Sunday, January 19, 2020. The Conference is to take place upon an initiative of Chancellor Angela Merkel in an effort to discuss options to broker …

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Libya Parliament President Saleh vows to invalidate deal with Turkey

Libya’s elected parliament president on Thursday vowed to invalidate a disputed maritime deal with Turkey signed with the rival UN-recognized government in Tripoli. Aguila Saleh was invited to visit Athens immediately after Greece learned of the Turkey-Libya agreement. “We are here to stress that the deal is invalid. Those who …

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Turkey submits MoU to UN to register “maritime boundaries” with Libya

“Turkey has applied to United Nations to register the agreement signed with Libya that sets  the countries’ maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday. Citing diplomatic sources, Anadolu said Ankara applied to the UN to register the memorandum on Wednesday. A Foreign Ministry official confirmed …

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London meeting: Mitsotakis and Erdogan agree that they disagree

Frozen faces, tense smiles, ice-cold hands: Strangers in the room where Greeks and Turkish delegations met in London on the sidelines of the NATO Summit. The meeting between Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President,Tayyip Erdogan, including Foreign and Defense Ministers from both countries lasted exactly 1.35 hour. The …

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Turkey “eliminates” Greece’s Kastellorizo in effort to delineate its EEZ

Turkey escalates its provocations and inflammatory rhetoric towards Greece by claiming that Greek islands in the East Aegean Sea, in general, and the small island of Kastellorizo, in particular, do not have a continental shelf and therefore are partly within Greek territorial waters. It is the first time, Ankara explicitly …

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“Hydrocarbon research within Turkish continental shelf,” claims Ankara

Ankara claims that the hydrocarbon exploration activities by research vessel Oruc Reis will be “in the maritime area […] located entirely within the Turkish continental shelf.” This is the response of Turkey to a protest demarche submitted late on Tuesday by the Greek Embassy in the Turkish capital. The demarche …

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Greece is shielding its maritime borders with thermal cameras and radars

Greece is shielding all its maritime borders with thermal cameras and radars, that is in the Aegean and the Ionian Sea as well as off the island of Crete. “Our islands have a continental shelf and EEZ and we will defend our national rights,” Minister of Shipping and Islands Policy, …

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Turkey to start drilling off Greece as planned in deal with Libya

State-owned oil company Turkish Petroleum (IPAO) has submitted an application to Tripoli-based government to start drilling in parts of the eastern Mediterranean outlined in the country’s contentious maritime borders agreement with Libya, Turkey ‘s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez has said. Donmez said Turkey would start exploring hydrocarbon resources both in …

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