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Ex FM Bakoyannis slams German FM Maas for being “mute” while Turkey threatens Greece

Former Foreign Minister and New Democracy MP Dora Bakoyannis slammed German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for his attitude during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu who openly threatened Greece. Maas “was either lost in translation or mute,” Bakoyannis said characteristically. Speaking at the Plenary of the …

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Turkey invites Greece to resume “exploratory talks, unconditionally”

Turkey is making an official offer to Greece to resume exploratory talks within January, the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday. Cavusolgu spoke of “unconditional” talks on all issues that have been discussed over the 60 rounds of talks held until 2016, when contacts were suspended. Cavusoglu said Athens …

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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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“Greece-Italy agreement proves validity of Turkey’s arguments on maritime deals,” claims Cavusoglu

“Turkey is not concerned about the maritime boundaries deal between Greece and Italy as it does not involve the Eastern Mediterranean or the Aegean Seas, where Turkey has shores,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday. “Their deal has proven the validity of Turkey’s argument on such maritime deals,” …

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Erdogan insists in converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque and has asked his aides to conduct a comprehensive study on how to do this. According to Turkish daily Hurriyet, during a top party meeting earlier this week, Erdogan noted that Hagia Sophia was reopened as a …

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Turkey challenges Greece: Sovereignty of certain islands “is not clear”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed on Wednesday that the sovereignty of certain Greek islands and islets “is not clear.” Prompt was the response of the Foreign Ministry in Athens. Speaking to Turkish TV 100, Cavusoglou said that “there are islands and islets whose sovereignty is not clear” and listed …

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Erdogan claims “Greece is accepting Turkey-Libya deal”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that “Greece is slowly accepting the status quo in the Eastern Mediterranean following the Turkey-Libya deal on maritime boundaries. Ankara’s “resolute stance has led the rest of the countries in the region, but mainly Greece,” to accept the status quo that Turkey wants in the …

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Turkey joins Confidence Building Measures with Greece with air space violations, provocations

Turkey “welcomed” the launch of Confidence Building Measures talks with Greece with air space violations and a provocative statement by the Foreign Minister who calls the “Muslim minority of Greece” as “Turkish.” The armed forces of Greece and Turkey began meeting in Athens on Monday in the framework of military …

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Greece ‘s PM and FM offer assistance to earthquake-stricken Turkey

Despite the tensions between the two countries, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed their condolences to the Turkish people and offered any assistance to the earthquake-stricken neighboring country that counts so far 14 dead, more than 300 injured and many people still under the …

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Turkey to grant licenses for exploration/drilling in accord with Libya agreement

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his provocative activities in the East Mediterranean and said on Thursday that Turkey would start granting licenses for exploration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020, in accord with a maritime agreement with Libya. He added that vessel Oruc Reis would begin seismic activities …

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Libya, Turkey: Greece’s decision to expel ambassador is “unacceptable”

Turkey and Libya reacted with anger at the decision of Greece to expel the Libyan ambassador to Athens. The foreign ministers of both countries condemned the expulsion as “unacceptable”, while Tripolis added that they would apply reciprocity had Greece an ambassador there. O, Friday morning, Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, …

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Turkey fumes over “Armenian Genocide” vote by US House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to officially recognize the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Historians say an estimated 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire — the predecessor to modern-day Turkey — between 1915 and 1923. The historic …

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Pence: 120-hour ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurds in North Syria

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced they have reached a cease-fire agreement between Turkey and Kurds, following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Turkey denies that there is ceasefire. Turkey will pause all military operations for 120 hours to allow …

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