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Tsipras calls for EU sanctions to keep Turkish aggression in check

Greece main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has urged the European Union to prepare a package of sanctions against Turkey over its escalating challenges to Greek sovereignty. The interventions of the leader of left-wing SYRIZA came on the sidelines of the Eurosocialist Summit PES in Prague. Tsipras called on the EU …

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EU freezes sanctions on Turkish oil executives as ties improve

The European Union (EU) has frozen plans to blacklist more senior executives at Turkey’s state-owned Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO), four diplomats said Thursday, in the clearest sign that a diplomatic offensive by Ankara this year is bearing fruit, Reuters reported in an exclusive story.. EU leaders in December had proposed …

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Exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey resumed in Istanbul

Exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey resumed in Istanbul on Monday morning after they were interrupted in March 2016. The talks are not negotiations but a mere record of “bilateral disputes” they could discuss in the future even in the event of seeking a solution at the International Court of …

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Greece welcomes U.S. sanctions against Turkey

Greece has welcomed the US sanctions against two ministries and three officials of Turkey announced by the State Department on Monday. Greece welcomed the announced US sanctions against the top Turkish defense development body, its president and three employees. In a statement, the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry said, “Greece, a …

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United States sanctions Turkey over Russian missiles S-400

The US State Department announced on Monday that it imposes sanction to Turkey for the purchase and testing of Russian S-400 missiles. The sanctions are imposed under CAATSA 231. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet that Turkey’s S-400 system risks U.S. military technology and personnel and …

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EU to toughen sanctions on Turkish drilling: Summit draft

The European Union will impose sanctions on more Turkish individuals and companies responsible for drilling in contested waters in the Mediterranean, according to a draft statement prepared for EU leaders to agree at a summit on Thursday. If agreed, the EU will “prepare additional listings” on the basis of a …

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Erdogan: EU sanctions will not have great impact for Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that any sanctions imposed by the European Union on Turkey will not have a great impact. He added that the bloc had never acted honestly or kept its promises. Ahead of an EU summit on Thursday, Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara …

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Turkey to conduct firing exercise between Rhodes and Kastellorizo

Turkey ‘s authorities on Friday issued a navigation warning (NAVTEX) for firing exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, in an area between the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo. Turkey announced that the live-fire navy exercises will take place on Dec. 9-10, just ahead of the European  Council where possible sanctions …

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EUCO President Michel warns of EU sanctions against Turkey

The European Union and Turkey must stop the “game of cat and mouse,” European Council President Charles Michel said on Friday. EU “members will weigh sanctions against Turkey,” he added. Michel’s statement came as Turkey withdrew for one more time the exploration vessel Oruc Reis from “disputed waters” ahead of …

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Turkey sends Oruc Reis back to port. Is it enough to escape EU santions?

Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port of Antalya on on Monday morning from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit …

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European Parliament votes in favor of sanctions against Turkey

For the first time, the European Parliament, by a large majority, voted in favor of the strict imposition of sanctions on Turkey, adopting the amendment tabled by the Greek and Cypriot Delegations, at the initiative of Vangelis Meimarakis, Lefteris Christoforou and Loukas Fourlas. The result of the vote was 440 …

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