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Turkey elections: Last minute withdrawal of candidate Ince raises chances for Kilicdaroglu first-round victory.

In a shocking move just three days ahead of the Turkish presidential elections, candidate Muharrem Ince announced his withdrawal, citing a defamation campaign against him by FETÖ Muharrem Ince, head of the Homeland Party (MP) and one of the four candidates running for the Presidency in the May 14 elections, …

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FM Dendias: “I’d sign an agreement to resolve Greek-Turkish dispute”

Hardly two week before the elections in Greece, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that he would sign an agreement that would resolve the Greek-Turkish dispute. In an interview with news website in.gr, Dendias reiterated the Greek position that there is one and only difference with Turkey, that of the continental …

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USA, EU to intervene solutions in Greek-Turkish relations

Recent statements by foreign officials in the previous days, with the most indicative interventions of Jens Ploetner, diplomatic adviser to the German chancellor, and George Tsunis, US ambassador in Athens, have reinforced the general realization that after the elections in Greece and Turkey, Athens’ main Western partners will push toward …

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Turkey escalates rhetoric threats on Greek islands, Thrace

Turkey continues its aggressive rhetoric and occupation threats against Greece, with both the foreign minister and the president to reiterate their claims on the sovereignty of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and even go a step further claiming a part of the mainland. Erdogan’s party AKP uploaded a …

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US approves upgrade of Turkey’s F-16s

The US Department of State announced Saturday it has decided to approve a sale of avionics software upgrades for Turkey’s existing F-16 fleet. The deal, valued at an estimated $259 million, is the first military equipment sale to Turkey in years. Turkey has also requested new F-16s and nearly 80 …

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“Earthquake Diplomacy” over: Turkey reiterates claims in the Aegean Sea

Famous “Earthquake Diplomacy” between Greece and Turkey did not last long – as not otherwise expected. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu brought back on the agenda the Turkish claims questioning the Greek sovereignty over islands in the Aegean Sea. In an interview on Monday, the Turkish FM said that there are …

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Greek defense minister pays solidarity visit to earthquake-stricken Turkey

Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos visited earthquake-stricken areas in Turkey on Tuesday, after an invitation by his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar. At the country’s Disaster & Crisis Coordination & Management Center in Antakya (Antioch), Akar briefed the Greek minister on latest developments and the current situation. The two ministers …

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Greek Defense Minister to visit Τurkey, meet counterpart Akar

Greece’s Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar will meet next week in the earthquake-stricken areas in southeast Turkey. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 and Panagiotopoulos’ visit will be accompanied with a dispatch of new humanitarian aid for the earthquake-stricken …

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Cyprus not bound by Greece’s decision to support Turkey’s IMO candidacy

Cyprus said new efforts by Greece and Turkey to improve their relations is positive, but Greek Cypriots cannot support Ankara’s IMO bid. Government Spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis told state radio on Monday morning that Nicosia was not bound in any way by Greece’s decision to support the Turkish candidacy for the …

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US Senator Menendez: Turkey doesn’t deserve to get F-16 jets

Bob Menendez, US Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sharply criticized Turkey on its stance towards NATO enlargement, its relations with Greece and Cyprus, and its human rights record, saying it does not “deserve” to acquire new fighter jets from the United States. The comment was made …

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Turkish ambassador thanks EMAK for earthquake assistance

Turkish Ambassador to Athens Cagatay Erciyes visited the headquarters of Greece’s EMAK disaster response team in a gesture of gratitude for its assistance in the aftermath of February’s disastrous earthquake, the embassy said in a tweet Monday. The embassy said that the Turkish envoy, who was accompanied by Climate Crisis …

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Train Crash: Turkey allows jailed Greek father to attend son’s funeral

The jailed father of a train driver killed in the Tempi train crash is to be released from a Turkish prison so that he can attend his son’s funeral. Citing sources, media report that this was the topic of a discussion on the phone conversation between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias …

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Train Crash: Greek father in Turkish prison seeks permit to attend son’s funeral

A Greek inmate in a Turkish prison has applied for a temporary absence to attend the funeral of his son who was killed in a head-on train collision in central Greece on Tuesday. Greek media have identified the victim as 28-year-old Nikos Nalbantis. There was no information about the identity …

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Turkey, EU partners express condolences over Greece’s train tragedy

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias on Wednesday to expressed his condolences over the tragic railway accident in Tempi, central Greece. He later posted on Twitter: Yunanistan’da meydana gelen tren kazası nedeniyle mevkidaşım Dendias’ı arayarak taziye dileklerimizi ilettik. Yunan devletinin ve halkının acısını paylaşıyoruz. Spoke …

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Greece-US strategic relations at highest level; Greece-Turkey should resolve differences

Greece-US relations are strategic and have reached the highest level, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday during joint statements with his US counterpart Anthony Blinken, immediately after the launch of the 4th Greece-US Strategic Dialogue. “The Strategic Dialogue concerns seven important areas. It is a tangible proof of the …

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Earthquake diplomacy: Turkey’s FM submits de-escalation proposal to Greece

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has submitted a six-point proposal to Greece with the aim to improve the bilateral relations following the earthquake disaster and Greece’s assistance and solidarity. The submitted plan was revealed by PM Mitsotakis’ Diplomatic Office Director media reported. Speaking to Greek journalists on Saturday, Cavusoglu praised …

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Tentoglou to auction his “Inappropriate shoes” for the earthquake-hit children in Turkey & Syria

Greece’s long jumper and Olympic gold medalist Miltos Tentoglou will auction his “inappropriate shoes” that had cancelled his 8.40m long jump. The money from the auction will be donated for the children victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The auction was proposed by his trainer Giorgos Pomaski and …

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Greece’s humanitarian aid for earthquake victims leaves for Turkey, Syria

The first ship carrying humanitarian aid for earthquake victims is departing from Keratsini port to Iskenderun (Alexandretta) port in Turkey early Wednesday afternoon. An airplane is scheduled to bring humanitarian aid to victims in Syria on Thursday.. The ship will transport five trucks with material strictly requested by Turkey such …

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Earthquake Diplomacy: “New page” in Athens-Ankara relations, says Turkish FM

Τurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke of a “new page” in relations between Ankara and Athens, following the devastating earthquake and the prompt assistance by Greece. Speaking during a press conference in Ankara with visiting Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen, Cavusoglu sent a message of normalization of Turkey’s relations with the …

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