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VAN method: Greek seismologist warned of a big earthquake in Turkey

Seismologist and Research Director of the Athens Institute of Geodesy, Gerasimos Chouliaras, warned of a major earthquake in Turkey, just twelve hours before the powerful tremor stroke with 6.8R on Friday night. Chouliaras had evaluated data according to the Varotsos method of earthquake prediction (VAN method) and estimated that earthquake …

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Earthquake in Turkey has nothing to do with Greece, says seismologist

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey has nothing to do with Greece, Direrctor of Greek Earthquake Planning and Prevention, Efthymios Lekkas said on Saturday. The geo-tectonic composition of the earthquake-stricken area is completely different from that of Greece and there is also no correlation between the tectonic structures that could …

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Greece ‘s PM and FM offer assistance to earthquake-stricken Turkey

Despite the tensions between the two countries, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed their condolences to the Turkish people and offered any assistance to the earthquake-stricken neighboring country that counts so far 14 dead, more than 300 injured and many people still under the …

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Earthquake 6.8R in Turkey: Death toll rises to 21, more than 1030 injured (videos)

A powerful earthquake stroke with 6.8R South-East Turkey on Friday evening. The epicenter was located close to Doganyol between the towns of Malatya and Elazig and had a focal depth of 6.7 km. According to latest information thirtenn hours after the earthquake, 21 people have lost their lives and more …

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Greece calls Turkey “hypocritical” when it comes to international law

Greece’s Foreign Ministry vehemently rejected the latest Turkish demands for demilitarization of 16 islands and that it violates international law. “It is at least hypocritical for a country that systematically violates the territorial integrity, sovereignty and sovereign rights of almost all of its neighboring countries, a country that threatens a …

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Turkey demands demilitarization of 16 Greek islands

Turkey’s challenges towards Greece have no end with Ankara adding a new claim and a point of dispute each and every day. This time the demilitarization of Greek islands was put on the agenda. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar demanded that 16 Greek islands in the Aegean Sea should be demilitarized. …

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Turkey may have stolen data for gas drilling in Block 8 off Cyprus

Turkey may have stolen technical data that enabled it to send drill ship Yavuz at a specific location south of Cyprus that energy companies Eni and Total had pre-selected to carry out their own exploratory drilling, Cypriot officials said Wednesday. The Cyprus government essentially confirmed a media report suggesting Turkey …

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Italy dismisses Erdogan’s claims it negotiates drilling off Libya

Italy has dismissed reports that it is in talks with Turkey negotiating joint drilling in the sea area of Libya. In a statement, the Italian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday: Rumors in the press, according to which Italy is allegedly negotiating with Turkey the terms for the exploitation of Libya’s …

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Pompeo urges Turkey to refrain from provocative actions in Mediterranean

In a letter to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitaotaksi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed the full support of the Untied State for Greece and indirectly urged Turkey to refrain from provocative actions and statements. Pompeo said that the US is closely following developments in the region and stands firm …

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“No joint Turkey-Italy drilling off Libya” says Greece

There is no issue of a joint Turkish-Italian drilling off Libya, said Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas dismissing claims made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. “Based on the information we have, there is no question of joint drilling,” Petsas said, noting Italy’s clear condemnation of the Turkish challenges. He did …

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Majority of Greeks see “high risk of hot incident” with Turkey

Tensions in the Greek-Turkish relations preoccupy not only the politicians and the media, but also the Greek society. More than half of the Greeks consider as “high” the risk of a “hot incident” with Turkey,, a public opinion poll has shown. A poll conducted by MRB on behalf of Stat …

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“Turkey in talks with Italy over drilling off Libya” says Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan claimed that Turkey was in talks with Italy over drilling in the sea area off Libya, that is in the maritime zone as stated in the Turkey-Libya agreement. Speaking to reporters, Erdogan revealed the relevant negotiations between Ankara and Rome. “Italy is currently negotiating with us in …

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Turkish Coast Guard rams boat with Syrian refugees (video)

A video shows a vessel of the Turkish Coast Guard trying to ram boat full with refugees. One sees how the Coast Guard is pushing against the bow of the of the migrants’ boat. Women and children are being heard screaming, several passengers raise their arms signaling that they surrender. …

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Cyber-War between Greek and Turkish hackers over Libya Agreement

The tension between Greece and Turkey has been mirrored in massive cyber attacks by Greek and Turkish hackers against government and state websites of both countries. On Friday evening, Turkish hackers launched Distributed-Denial-Of-Service (DDoS) attacks at Greek websites of the Parliament, and Foreign and the Finance Ministry, the National Intelligence …

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Turkey to grant licenses for exploration/drilling in accord with Libya agreement

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his provocative activities in the East Mediterranean and said on Thursday that Turkey would start granting licenses for exploration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020, in accord with a maritime agreement with Libya. He added that vessel Oruc Reis would begin seismic activities …

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US: Turkey-Libya MoU “provocative”, islands have EEZ & continental shelf

With a good portion of delay, the US State Department finally took position on the Turkey-Libya Agreement and Ankara’s Claims that the Greek islands have neither Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National …

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