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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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Greece is at no risk from Antakya fault, says top seismologist

The Turkish earthquake fault will not affect areas of Greece, said the country’s top seismologist Efthymios Lekkas, head of the Earthquake Planning and Protection Orhanization (OASP). Speaking to Skai TV on Saturday, Lekkas reassured that the fault line in Antakya can have no effect on Greek territory. “All such comment …

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Greek couple missing under the rubble in Antakya

Α Greek couple has been missing in the earthquake-stricken Antakya, media report late on Thursday. Relatives of the missing couple has reportedly alerted Greece’s diplomatic authorities in Turkey. The couple has dual citizenship and has been missing since the first day of the devastating 7.8 R earthquake early Monday morning. …

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Greece’s EMAK rescues little girl, man from the rubble (video)

In a dramatic operation, EMAK rescuers from the Greek Fire Service managed to free a 6-year-old girl from the rubble of her collapsed home in the Turkish city of Iskenderun in the Hatay province on Tuesday afternoon local time. Using special equipment, the team had opened a 7-meter-deep passage to …

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Earthquake Diplomacy: Greek PM calls Turkish President

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his sadness over the devastating earthquakes in Turkey in a phone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday. The Greek premier also conveyed the support and condolences of the government and the Greek people for the loss of human lives. Mitsotakis reiterated Greece’s …

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Turkey’s earthquake will not affect Greece, says leading seismologist

“We still don’t know if the 7.7 Richter earthquake that hit southern Turkey on Monday morning was the main one,” professor and president of the Greek Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, Efthymios Lekkas, told the state-run news agency amna. “It’s a very big earthquake and its consequences will be multiple,” …

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Greece sends rescue teams to earthquake-ridden Turkey

Greece is sending special search and rescue forces to Turkey after a 7.8 Richter earthquake devastated large areas in the South-East and North Syria, having trapped thousands of people in the debris early Monday morning. Greece is one of the first countries to respond to turkey’s appeal for help and …

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Turkey: Western states gave it no evidence to back up security threat reports

Turkey said on Friday that Western nations, including the United States and Germany, had not given it any information to back up their assertions that security threats had prompted them to close their missions in the country. Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggested the powers may have been trying to portray …

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Senators ask Biden to link F-16 sale to Ankara to NATO enlargement

Two US Senators are asking President Joe Biden to link the issue of NATO enlargement with the request submitted by Turkey for the upgrade and purchase of new F-16 fighter jets. In the letter authored by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican colleague Thom Tillis of North …

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Foreign Ministry: Turkey ‘once again distorts reality’ regarding Muslim minority

Turkey is once again “distorting reality in order to serve other purposes and certainly not to promote the rights and welfare of the Muslim Minority in Thrace,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in an announcement on Sunday. The Foreign Ministry in Athens was responding to Turkish posts concerning the Muslim …

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Turkey postpones indefinitely NATO talks with Sweden, Finland

NATO has indefinitely postponed talks with  Finland and Sweden at Turkey’s request. The talks were scheduled for February. Their applications have already been approved by 28 alliance countries, but Hungary and Turkey have not ratified them. NATO membership negotiations between Turkey, Sweden and Finland have been postponed indefinitely at Ankara’s …

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Neither F-16s nor F-35s for Turkey, USA makes clear

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez expressed his clear opposition to the sale of F-16 fighters jets to Turkey warning that he will veto such a decision by the Biden administration. Speaking to Mega TV, Menendez said that the U.S. State Department should adopt a firmer stance toward …

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Greece extends fence along Evros river, border with Turkey

Greece is extending the fence barrier along the entire length of the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey. Greek Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos and Deputy Minister Eleftherios Economou signed the relevant protocol for the extension. In a statement, the ministry said that “rapid developments relating to the ‘instrumentalization’ …

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Turkey’s MoD: “We won;t allow Greece to extend territorial waters beyond 6 n.m.”

Turkey will never allow Greece to extend its territorial waters beyond six nautical miles, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Monday, as he urged Athens to “keep away from trouble.” During a visit to Turkish Naval Forces Command, Akar said Turkey has a duty to defends its interests and rights in …

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Turkey warns Greece of “serious consequences” if it extends territorial waters

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman and chief foreign policy adviser, has warned of “serious consequences” for Greece if it extends its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles around Crete. “Turkey will not accept any extension, even by a single mile,” Kalin told NTV television late Tuesday, adding …

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