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UNESCO warns Erdogan: No status change of Hagia Sophia without our approval

“Without approval by the UNESCO, the status of world heritage monuments cannot be changed,” the world cultural organization said and took the wind out of the sails of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who keeps heralding that he will turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. “All decisions concerning the implementation …

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Erdogan tells Greeks on National Day: We will convert Hagia Sofia into mosque

For one more time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Hagia Sophia, currently a museum, might be converted into a mosque. As if Turkey had no other important problem to solve… In an interview with staged Question and Answer on the specific issue, reporters of state TRT TV asked …

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Greek FM sharply criticizes Erdogan defending airspace violations

The Greek Foreign Ministry sharply criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his comments about flights of the Greek Air Force over the Aegean. “Whenever Greek military aircraft takes off in the Aegean, Turkish jets will follow suit,” Erdogan said during an interview with private broadcaster Haberturk. Equating …

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Erdogan trades “Fethiye Mosque in Athens” with “reopening of Halki School”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that he was willing to open the Orthodox Theological School of Halki if Greece opens to old Ottoman Fethiye Mosque in downtown Athens and thus with a “minaret reaching the sky.” Speaking at an event in Edirne, Erdogan said when Greek Prime Minister Alexis …

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Turkish aircraft violate Greek airspace 39 times on a single day

For one more time, Turkish airplanes conducted dozens of violations of Greek airspace. A total of 39 violations of Flight Information Region Athens took place on a single day, Friday, February 15, 2019. The airspace violations were conducted by Turkish F-16 and CN-235 spy aircraft. The F-16 came in two …

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Turkish citizens fleeing Erdogan find safe stopover in Greece

Thousands of Turkish citizens have fled to Greece after the failed coup in summer 2016, seeking a safe stopover before they move further, to other European countries. Turks in exile although majority of them entered illegally to Greece are clear to distinguished from the countless migrants from Syria and Afghanistan …

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Erdogan in Turkish bazaar: Bilateral issues can be solved only through reciprocity

There were a few moments of awkwardness during the press conference by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The host certainly surprised the guest when he openly demanded the extradition of the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after the failed coup …

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Turkey angers Greece short before PM Tsipras’ arrival on official visit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Turkish capital Ankara short before 4 o’ clock Tuesday afternoon. An hour before he is welcomed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his monumental White Palace. The two-day visit of the Greek Prime Minister aims to ease tension between the two neighboring countries. …

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Erdogan sets agenda for Tsipras’ visit: Extradite the 8 Turkish soldiers!

Just a couple of days before Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set foot in Turkey following an invitation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the latter indirectly put the agenda on the table: Athens should hand over the Ankara the 8 Turkish soldiers that fled to Greece a day after …

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“Greece, Cyprus and Israel play dirty game against Turkey,” says Erdogan’s

Turkey is furious at the energy cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel. They “play a dirty game against Turkey,” Yigit Bulut, the economic advisor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said and warned that  “Greece will be destroyed if  there would be a naval combat”  between the two countries.” “Greece is …

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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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Trump threatens Turkey with new sanctions as feud escalates

Relations between US and Turkey took a further turn for the worse, as Washington warned Ankara with more economic sanctions in the last hours unless the latter releases US pastor Andrew Brunson. The US ‘will pay nothing’ to Turkey for the release of detained pastor, President Donald Trump tweeted on …

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Trump threatens Erdogan with new sanctions if Brunson not released by Sun afternoon

The crisis between Turkey and US escalates, as President Donald Trump has given an ultimatum to Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release US pastor Andrew Brunson by Sunday afternoon or face more sanctions, Turkey’s president revealed late on Saturday. Erdogan’s response was a “warning” that the United States is …

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Trump brings Erdogan to his knees, doubles tariffs as ally turns foe

US President Donald Trump brought his Turkish counterpart Recept Tayyip Erdogan to his knees on Friday afternoon. While Turkish Finance Minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law was revealing an admittedly weak plan on how to save the economy, Trump announced he doubles tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum. <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” …

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Erdogan says “They have dollars, we have our Allah,” as Turkish Lira in free fall

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried on Friday all means to save the Turkish lira. he urged citizens to rush to the banks and convert their deposits in dollar, euros and gold into the national currency. “It is a national struggle. It is going to be my nation’s response to …

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Tsipras: “Immediate release of 2 soldiers is major issue in Greek-Turkish relations”

“The immediate release of the two Greek soldiers is a major issue in the Greek-Turkish relations” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reportedly told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a private meeting at the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels. In the meeting that last nearly two hours, Tsipras put …

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Erdogan takes oath a executive President of Turkey with a big fiesta

Turkey has officially switched to an executive presidential system after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath of office on July 9. The old/new President took his oath in the Parliament following the elections on 24. June where he won 52% of the votes. In his oath, 64-year-old Erdogan said …

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