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EU Council slams Turkey for illegal drilling in Cyprus, Syria operation

With two conclusions the European Council condemned Turkey on Monday for both the military operation in Syria and the illegal drilling in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone. For the latter it also announced sanctions, even though it did not specify when these could go into effect. The EU condemns #Turkey’s military …

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French frigate heading for Block 7 in Cyprus EEZ, Greek MoD says

Greek Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, said that a French frigate would arrive shortly in block 7 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where French energy giant Total holds a concession with Italy’s Eni. Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said on Thursday his company would not drill off Cyprus if it meant …

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Greece, Cyprus, Egypt affirm energy Cooperation, call on Turkey to end “provocative actions”

During the tripartite summit in Cairo, Cyprus, Greece and Egypt affirmed their cooperation in engergy sector. At the same time, they called on Turkey on Tuesday to “end its provocative actions” in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, including exploring for oil in Cyprus’ territorial waters, which they called “a breach of …

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Turkey furious as Greece,Cyprus and Egypt “condemn its unlawful actions”

Turkey fumes over a joint Statement issued by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. In an angry statement the Turkish Foreign Ministry described as “baseless claims” the trilateral statement that among others it condemned “Turkey’s unlawful actions in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular the escalating, provocative and illegal …

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Mitsotakis meets Erdogan at UN, talk Migration, Cyprus, bilateral issues

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, held a 45-minute meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday morning (local time.) The Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus issue, migration flows and the EU-Turkey agreement and other bilateral issues were on the agenda. It was the …

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Greece, Cyprus confirm “common handling” against Turkey’s illegal actions

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiadesissued a joint communique issued after their meeting in Athens on Tuesday. The two leaders confirmed “common handling” in response to turkey’s illegal actions. Anastasiades briefed the Greek premier on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus issue as well as his …

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Basis for Cyprus talks but disagreements on serious issues remain, says….

There is common basis for talks, but disagreements on serious issues remain, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday after a 3-hour informal meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the first after long time. The meeting of took place at the residence UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar in the …

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End of Turkish occupation is Cyprus’s top priority, says PM Mitsotakis

The end of Turkish occupation of Cyprus is top priority for the island, Greek Prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said on Monday while on a two-day visit in Nicosia. “A future resolution of the issue should abolish the outdated institution of guarantees,” he added during a joint press conference with Cypriot …

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EU releases measures against Turkey for its “illegal drilling off Cyprus”

The European Union released punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal drilling off Cyprus and its strongly concerned such activities. The EU suspends high-level talks with Turkey, cuts in pre-accession funding, freezes aviation agreement talks, asks the European Investment Bank to review lending to Turkey. Turkish drilling activities in the …

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EU envoys approve sanctions against Turkey over illegal drilling off Cyprus

European Union member states have approved sanctions against Turkey over its illegal drilling off Cyprus. The draft statement approved  by envoys of EU member states foresees: Suspension of negotiations of Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement Temporary suspension of high-level dialogue Reduction of per-accession assistance for Turkey in 2020 European Investment Bank …

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Cyprus serial killer Nikos Metaxas handed seven times life imprisonment

A criminal court in Cyprus sentenced serial killer Nikos Metaxas to seven times life imprisonment on Monday. The 35-year-old army captain at the National Guard had pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder and kidnapping of five foreign women and two underage girls. The three-judge panel said that Nicholas Metaxas appeared …

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Turkey sends non paper to EU, warning to stay away from Cyprus EEZ

Turkey has sent a “warning” to the member states of the European Union that the Greek-Turkish relations and the prospects for resolving the Cyprus problem will deteriorate if Brussels is involved in the issue of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone. The warning dated June 19 was sent in a form …

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Turkey sends second drilling vessel, the Yavuz, to Cyprus waters

In a kitsch ceremony resembling the historic mission of a soldier deployed to war, Turkey waved “Goodbye” to drilling vessel “Yavuz” that left the port of Dilovasi by Istanbul at 2 pm Thursday for the Cyprus waters in the East Mediterranean Sea. It is the second drilling vessel after the …

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EU threatens Turkey with sanctions over “illegal actions” in Cyprus, Greece

The 28 European leaders have threatened Turkey with sanctions if it continues its illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and [interesting to note] in the Aegean Sea. In the Conclusions statement following the European Council Summit in Brussels,  the European leaders “strongly condemn” and express “serious concerns” about Turkey’s illegal …

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Tsipras at EU Summit: Measures and sanctions against Turkey if no immediate stop of violations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on European leaders to take measures and sanctions against Turkey, if it does not stop violations of International Law and provocative actions in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Arriving at the European Council Summit in Brussels, Tsipras said “A clear message must be given …

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Tsipras threatens Turkey with EU sanctions for “violating sovereign rights”

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras clearly sent a warning message to Turkey and threatens with sanctions “anyone who violates sovereign rights and International Law.”  Speaking after the extraordinary meeting of the Greek Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) on Sunday afternoon, Tsipras said: “Anyone who violates the sovereign rights …

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