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EP Rapporteur calls for suspension of EU-Turkey accessions talks

European Parliament Rapporteur Kati Piri proposes the formal suspension of accession negotiations with Turkey reiterating her call on Ankara to refrain from threatening Cyprus. Dutch socialist MEP Kati Piri presented on Wednesday to the European Parliament in Strasbourg her draft report on Turkey`s accession progress. Her report said that continuing …

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Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libya’s Exclusive Economic Zone

Turkey claims that Greece is trying to steal part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Libya. Defense Minister and retired Army General Hulusi Akar presented maps to convince about his claim. According to Akar, Greece is trying to misappropriate Libya’s rights to Exclusive Economic Zone bu seizing 39,000 square kilometers …

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Protests and road blockades in Bulgaria trap dozens drivers in Greece

Thousands of Bulgarians have blocked major highways and roads on Sunday protesting fuel prices and rising cost of living. The blockades have the effect that dozens of truck drivers and private motorists are trapped not only inside Bulgaria but also in neighboring Greece and Turkey. The protests have spread across …

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Migrant crossing via Evros river sees sharp increase in October

Authorities in northern Greece have reported a sharp increase in migrant crossings at the country’s land border with Turkey along with a rise in arrests of smuggling suspects. Authorities say migrant crossings at GR-Turkey border 82 percent higher in October than previous year. The number of migrants registered and arrested …

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Turkey to seek extradition of footballer Arif Erdem from Greece

A Turkish court has begun extradition proceedings for Turkish former international football player Arif Erdem, who faces a possible 15-year prison sentence in Turkey for alleged membership of the outlawed Gülen religious movement, Ahval reports citing Turkish news site Diken reported. A warrant to detain Erdem was issued in July …

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Foreigners arrested at Evros border for child abduction in UK

Greek authorities have arrested two foreigners wanted with a European arrest warrant for the abduction of a child in United Kingdom. A 37-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were arrested at the Border Control point Kipoi at Evros river as they were trying to enter Turkey from Greece. When authorities …

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Turkey in paranoia: “Greece, Israel, Egypt are part of Khashoggi’s murder plot”

A very new Turkish narrative based on paranoia and conspiracy theories: “Greece, Israel and Egypt are part of the murder plot of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate in Istanbul. This unbelievable allegation has been claimed by Erdogan’s close aide Yigit Bulut, who is famous for his delirium …

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Threats against Greece as Turkey launches its first oil, gas drilling in Mediterranean

Turkey has launched it first drilling for oil and gas in East Mediterranean, a move to spark new tensions with neighboring Greece and Cyprus. Right at the drilling start on Wednesday, Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez warned Greece and Cyprus saying “We will do everything necessary if …

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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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EU backs Greece in territorial waters extension, rebukes Turkey

The European Union backs Greece in territorial waters spat with Turkey and asks Ankara to respect international agreements like the “Law of the Sea. The EU remains committed to good neighbourly relations and respect of international agreements, EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told euractive, following tensions between Athens and Ankara on the expansion of …

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“Turkey will not tolerate fait accompli in Aegean or Mediterranean,” says Defense…

Turkey has taken all necessary measures if a decision is taken contrary to its rights and interests in the Aegean Sea, Turkish Defense Minister and former four-star general and Chief of Turkish General Staff, Hulusi Akar, said on Wednesday. Turkey will not tolerate any Greek fait-accompli in the Aegean or …

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Turkey summons Greek Ambassador over “territorial waters extension”

With four days delay, Turkey told Greece that it will not allow extension of territorial waters to 12 miles without Ankara’s consent. And this although Athens does not plan to extend its sovereignty in the Aegean Sea but in the Ionian Sea and south Peloponnese. The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned …

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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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“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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2 children dead, 10 people missing after refugee boat capsizes 50m from shore

Two children died and some ten people are missing when an inflatable boat capsized 50 meters from the shore in Bodrum, Turkey, short before 6 o’ clock Monday morning. There were mostly women and children and even a baby on board of the 6-meter inflatable boat that was supposed to …

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Turkey challenges Greek continental shelf, claims “frigate harassed Barbaros”

Turkey is challenging the Greek continental shelf  and claims that a Greek frigate harassed the Turkish vessel Barbaros conducting seismic activity research off Cyprus. Turkish research vessel Barbaros and the frigate of the Greek Navy Nikiforos came dangerously close in the broader sea area west of Pafos in Cyprus.  The …

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US urges Turkey to refrain from increasing tension in Cyprus

The US State Department has urged Turkey to refrain from increasing tension in the East Mediterranean Sea. Commenting on the upcoming drilling off Cyprus, the Department of State said that it discourages any rhetorical action and rhetoric in the region and reminded that US policy on the Cyprus EEZ is …

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