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Greece’s FM appeals on EU counterparts for a sanctions list against Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias appealed to his European counterparts for the creation of a list of potential sanctions to be imposed on Turkey if necessary. “We don’t want them to be imposed now on Turkey, but to be there so it is clear what will happen if Ankara returns to …

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Greek PM: Dialogue with Turkey begins once provocations end

“Exploratory talks with Turkey can begin, once provocations end, “Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated during joint statements  with the European Council President Charles Michel in Athens on Tuesday. “If we see tangible proof of good behavior, we are ready to begin exploratory contacts with Turkey at once, on the …

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Greece expects more steps from Turkey before “dialogue”, says PM Mitsotakis

“The return of Oruc Reis to Antalya is a positive first step. I really hope this first step be followed by others,” Greek prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday during a press conference in the city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece. “If there are steps towards this direction, Greece is …

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Turkey withdraws Oruc Reis, gets “cold feet” due to Moody’s downgrading, EU sanctions

After 31 days of illegal operation in the Greek continental shelf, Turkish seismic vessel Oruc Reis collected its cables, changed course Saturday afternoon and returned to the port of Antalya late at night. At midnight, the Turkish navigation warning, NAVTEX expired and contrary to the previous expiration, Ankara did not …

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Greece rejects Turkey’s claims, delegations at NATO started dialogue

Greece’s diplomatic sources on Thursday rejected Turkey’s claims that the military delegations at the NATO “exchanged views” in the context on technical discussions. Diplomatic sources rejected what they called information distributed by Turkey about an ‘exchange of views’ in the context of ‘technical discussions’ at NATO level. The sources said …

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Greece conveys NATO Council over Oruc Reis, talks with Turkey postponed

Talks between Greek and Turkish officials at the headquarters of NATO on how to avoid military escalation in the eastern Mediterranean have been postponed by two days to Sept. 10, Turkish Defense Ministry sources said on Tuesday without explaining the reason. However, the postponement came after Greece requested the NATO …

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Erdogan says “Turkey is boxed in” by the small Greek island of Kastellorizo

In the Eastern Mediterranean “they want to box us in on our shores with an island of 10 sq.km; this cannot happen.,” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “In order to support our independence we have the opportunity to use both our diplomacy and our military power. That …

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Michel ‘s Multinational Conference with Turkey on East Med: TOP or FLOP?

President of the European Council Charles Michel told news agencies on Friday of his proposal for holding a multilateral conference with Turkey, on defusing tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. Stressing that Turkey and Greece were also informed of the conference, Michel considered it the best way to reduce tension in …

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Greece: “Negotiations only when Turkish ships withdraw from Greek continental shelf”

“Negotiations with Turkey can be held as soon as Turkish ships withdraw from the Greek continental shelf” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias reiterated Greece ‘s position while in New York for a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday. Dendias briefed Guterres on Turkey’s provocations against peace and regional stability …

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Rafale acquisition, F-16 & Mirage upgrade could give Greece’s Air Force superiority over Turkey

Greece’s goals to acquire new fighter jets and upgrade its existing air force could see the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) attain a very formidable qualitative edge over its Turkish rival by the end of the 2020s, notes an article posted on magazine Forbes. The articles lists the Greek plans to …

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Turkey supports “NATO’s initiative”, ready for dialogue with Greece without preconditions

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said late on Thursday that it expects “Greece to support NATO’s initiative under which two countries will start technical talks on the Eastern Mediterranean.”  Ankara adds that “Turkey ready for dialogue with Greece without preconditions to find permanent solutions to all issues.” Thursday afternoon, Secretary General of …

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Athens dismisses Stoltenberg’s claim “Greece, Turkey agreed to technical talks at NATO” UPD

Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on Thursday afternoon that Greece and Turkey had agreed to start a dialogue and to enter into technical talks at NATO. Quick was the response of the Greek Foreign Ministry that dismissed Stoltenberg’s claims. Stoltenberg announced the “agreed dialogue” on a Twitter: Following …

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