European Commission apresident Von der Leyen said that on both the Greek-Turkish and migration issues Greece and Cyprus can count on the EU’s absolute solidarity.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has repeatedly declared that dialogue is inconceivable before Turkey withdraws its forces from the area. He clearly ruled out the concept of diplomacy at gunpoint.
In direct opposition to the UN Convention Ankara has steadfastly maintained that islands have no EEZ, a position that was rejected by the US, France, and the entire EU among others.
No one can ignore the fact that a new energy map in which Greece will have a leading role is being drawn up.
By opening a corridor for the procurement of gas EastMed is expected to contribute decisively to safeguarding the energy sufficiency and security of EU member-states.
'The new pipeline will increase the geopolitical weight and surplus value of Greece and Cyprus in the Mediterranean and give strategic depth to our cooperation with Israel,'the Greek PM said.
Mitsotakis described EastMed as a very important energy project, which is the result of a key trilateral collaboration that extends beyond the energy sector.
The Act reaffirms the importance to the US of maintaining its strategic partnerships with Israel, Greece and Cyprus.which are cooperating on the EastMed gas pipeline from the Mediterranean to Europe.
The aim is to block Ankara’s attempt to create de facto situations – by delimiting EEZs in an illegal manner - that threaten the interests of regional countries and international players.
'These works in combination with the high diplomatic action that Greece has developed in the last period show that the country has a multidimensional foreign policy with prestige and presence,' Kostis Hatzidakis said.
In an exclusive interview with To Vima the Turkish foreign minister does not tule out going to the Hague Court, supoprts the Treaty of Lausanne , sees prospect of Turkish drilling at the illegal and non-existent Turkey-Libya sea border.
Brexit will certainly create an opportunity for the 27-member EU to discuss its future prospects and to deal with internal differences.
'The Turkey-Libya MOUon the delimitation of maritime borders nfringes upon the sovereign rights of third States, does not comply with the Law of the Sea and cannot produce any legal consequences for third States,' EU leaders said.
Setting aside Ankara’s bellicose behaviour and territorial claims in Cyprus’ maritime zone and the Aegean, Akar maintained that Turkey supports 'good neighbourly relations, international law and mutual respect'.
'The US legal judgment is that the Turkish government, in its assertions regarding maritime claims and specifically continental shelves, differs with our legal analysis and also with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,' the US ambassador said.
Greece must seek the broadest possible support in Europe. It must pursue and achieve a clear condemnation of Ankara's actions at the December 12-13 EU summit.
The US, Russia, France, Cyprus, Israel, and most recently Italy have all underlined that the Turkey-Libya MOU is a serious threat to regional stabilit,
The Greek statement says the assertions in Turkey’s 13 November letter violate International Law of the Sea and Greece rejects in its entirety. It has no legal results regarding Greece’s rights.
Mitsotakis must say that Greece demands solidarity in confronting Turkey’s arbitrary, hostile, and erratic behavior and its revisionist policies.
Mitsotakis told Erdogan that he supports Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades’ proposal for the sharing of the island’s hydrocarbons wealth between the two communities.
The last decades have demonstrated that despite expressions of friendship Turkey’s policies, demands, and threats remain steadfast.
'We are aware of the tensions Greece faces in the Eastern Mediterraean. The Eastern Mediterranean makes your country important in the region,' Macron stated.
Ankara has defied limited EU sanctions and repeated US warnings not to drill for gas and oil in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.
The discovery of oil and gas reserves in the east Mediterranean has put sharper focus on the Cypriot impasse, which has defied the mediation efforts of a small army of diplomats.
Anastasiades underscored the crucial importance of existing trilateral cooperations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
'A review of the Bank’s strategic orientations of its lending activities in Turkey is scheduled for later this year,' an EIB spokeswoman said.
Whether one likes it or not, Turkey holds the key to managing the refugee issue and it is in a position to use it to blackmail whenever it feels cornered.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on 29 July will visit Nicosia for talks with Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades. The first foreign trip of any newly-elected Greek PM is to Cyprus.
'In light of Turkey’s continued and new illegal drilling activities, the (EU) decides to suspend negotiations on the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement and agrees not to hold further meetings of the high-level dialogues for the time being,' a draft statement read.
In a lengthy statement, the Defence Department clearly articulated US interests and power in the region and the crucial nature of the US-Greece military alliance.
The government must brief opposition parties and not act secretly, or even worse divisively, as it did in the case of North Macedonia.
It was announced in Nicosia that Sergey Lavrov intends to visit the island at an undetermined time, even as Moscow’s Ambassador to Athens expressed fears over the escalation of tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The S-400s radars have a range of up to 570—600kms. They can detect bombers at a distance of 570kms and F-16 Fighters with a 400km range.
Ankara has often tested the limits of US resolve for quite some time, as when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in February threatened that if Washington impeded Turkish operations in Syria it would receive the 'Ottoman slap'.
'How can one exclude Turkey from an area in which it has a coastal line of many kilometres?' Katrougalos was quoted by Anadolu as saying.
'In Cyprus they are testing our patience because they are violating our rights,' Erdogan declared about the gas and oil exploration programme of the Republic of Cyprus.
Foreign diplomats – including US Ambassador Pyatt - have expressed concerns over a military “accident” due to the large concentration of firepower, heightened tensions in the region.
A dour-faced PM explained that he could not extradite eight Turkish officers Erdogan wants because the Greek judiciary ruled against their extradition.
Erdogan says Ankara is determined to defend its 'rights' on Cyprus, in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Aegean.
A key qustion is whether Apostolakis indeed has information from intelligence services about the prospect of a Turkish landing and takeover of a Greek rock islet.
The anxieties of the last days are rooted is Ankara’s inability to stop the Greece-Cyprus-Israel collaboration or to impede the designs of international politics on the biggest underwater natural gas pipeline in the world, East Med.
'It [Cyprus] being drawn into U.S. and NATO plans in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East will inevitably lead to dangerous and destabilising consequences for Cyprus itself,' warned the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The highest levels of household expenditure were found in Cyprus (76.4% of GDP), Greece (73.0%) and Portugal (68.3%).
Greece and Cyprus undertook the task of establishing the school with the assistance of other Nato member-states and European intelligence services.