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“Greece will not demilitarize its islands simply because Turkey wants this,” says Alternate FM

Greece wants to engage in dialogue with Turkey but is not prepared to make concessions concerning its national sovereignty, nor will it demilitarise its islands simply because Turkey wants this, Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said on SKAI television on Friday. “This dialogue must, of course, take place with rules, …

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“What is threatened is not demilitarized,” says Greek Defense Minister

National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos expressed the clear Greek position on the demilitarization of islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. “What is threatened is not demilitarized,” he said at the Deplhi Economic Forum on Saturday.’ Responding to the criticism of his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar for the visit of President …

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Turkey demands demilitarization of 6 Greek islands

The Turkish navy on Sunday evening issued three navigational (Navtex) warnings demanding the demilitarization of the Greek islands of Samothraki, Lemnos, Chios, Samos, Tilos and Halki. The move came after European Union leaders last week failed to agree on solid sanctions against Turkey over its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. …

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Standoff in the Aegean with Turkey demanding demilitarization of Greek islands

Turkey issues two navigation notices (NAVTEX) late on Tuesday demanding the demilitarization of three Greek islands. Greek and Turkish Navy forces are in standoff near the island of Kastellorizo due to the activities of Turkish seismic vessel Oruc Reis. At the same time, Ankara has leaked to the press that …

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Turkey demands demilitarization of 16 Greek islands

Turkey’s challenges towards Greece have no end with Ankara adding a new claim and a point of dispute each and every day. This time the demilitarization of Greek islands was put on the agenda. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar demanded that 16 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea should be demilitarized. …

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Greece slams Turkey’s “unacceptable and unfounded claims”

Greece’s Foreign Ministry issued a strong statement in response to Turkish claims that Athens “abuses the NATO mission” and that the islands in the Aegean Sea should be demilitarized. Greece speaks of “unacceptable and unfounded claims” that undermine the stability in the area and the cohesion of the NATO. Greek …

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Turkey accuses Greece of abusing NATO mission, insists on islands demilitarization

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused Greece of attempting to abuse NATO’s mission for migrants on the Aegean Sea aimed at drawing international organizations into the dispute on sovereignty rights in the region. In an long, rather endless statement with twisted arguments, the Turkish Foreign Ministry claimed that Greek islands should …

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Demilitarization of Aegean island: Greece tells Turkey to respect international law

Greece’s Foreign Ministry has urged Turkey to learn to respect the international law and to not arbitrarily interprets it. In a statement, the Ministry commented to Turkey’s Defense Ministry all on Greece to demilitarize the Aegean islands. Greek Foreign Ministry statement: “Since Turkey claims to respect good neighbourly relations, it …

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Turkey claims Greece should demilitarize the Aegean islands

Greece violates international law by arming Aegean islands, claimed Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Saturday, in an another provocative challenge to neighboring Greece. Speaking to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu, Akar also called on his Greek counterpart to take necessary steps with regards to demilitarization of the Aegean …

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“Turkey is a violator of International Law,” says Greece’s Foreign Ministry

Greece has rebuked Turkey after its Defense Minister Hulusi Akar claimed more or less that the sea area off South-East Crete belonged to Turkey’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Ever since 1996 Turkey has been claiming that also the island of Gavdos is part of what it calls “grey zones” in …

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