Τετάρτη 01 Δεκεμβρίου 2021
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Eastern Mediterranean

Op-ed: Sanchez’s unethical arms deal, Turkey, and the EU
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Op-ed: Sanchez’s unethical arms deal, Turkey, and the EU

'With Spain, Germany, and other countries involved in arms deals with Turkey, it would be difficult for Ankara to be described as a 'threat'. It is oxymoronic to arm a country that threatens us.' The view of Brussels is that, “Europe is stronger when Turkey is with it rather than against it.”

Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan
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Editorial: The predictably unpredictable Mr. Erdogan

The popularity of the once most popular Turkish politician is plummeting, and the economic problems of the “regional power” are constantly growing. Inflation and poverty are battering  his working class base of support.

Pompeo says he was concerned over possible Greek-Turkish military ‘accident’ in Aegean
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Pompeo says he was concerned over possible Greek-Turkish military ‘accident’ in Aegean

Pompeo said he is enthusiastic about the recent US-Greece Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement and that Turkey is undermining security in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mitsotakis to visit Moscow for talks with Putin, Mishustin in December
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Mitsotakis to visit Moscow for talks with Putin, Mishustin in December

During the Russian PM’s March visit, Mitsotakis had underlined that the fact that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council “places on you the duty of maintaining peace on a global level.”

Retired Turkish Navy chief of staff declares Greece-France defence accord a ‘nuclear threat’
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Retired Turkish Navy chief of staff declares Greece-France defence accord a ‘nuclear threat’

Yayci is the originator of Ankara’s expansionist “Blue Motherland” theory, which claims large segments of Greece’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for Turkey.

Mitsotakis briefs EU leaders on Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean provocations at summit
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Mitsotakis briefs EU leaders on Turkey’s Eastern Mediterranean provocations at summit

'Following our pressures there is a clear reference to the need for Turkey to abide by the EU-Turkey Joint StatemeNT…and indeed the European Council calls on the Commission to propose legal changes with specific measures and funding for the more secure guarding of our borders,' the PM said.

Turkey threatens Cyprus with military action on the ground if it drills in its own EEZ in November
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Turkey threatens Cyprus with military action on the ground if it drills in its own EEZ in November

'We use hard power when all other choices are exhausted and in order to drive things to dialogue and diplomacy. In the Eastern Mediterranean, we mobilised in order to demonstrate that our legal rights and our sovereignty are non-negotiable,' said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Government touts defence agreement with US as ‘huge success’, upgrade of Greece’s geopolitical role
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Government touts defence agreement with US as ‘huge success’, upgrade of Greece’s geopolitical role

The Greek people see that clearly see the upgraded relations and alliances with all of major players both on the international stage and in our region - with agreements on delimiting our EEZ with Egypt and Italy, on the electricity link-up with Egypt and Italy, and with the defence agreement with France,

Blinken underlines US ‘respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity’ in letter to Mitsotakis
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Blinken underlines US ‘respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity’ in letter to Mitsotakis

The specific reference to the implementation of international law specifically in the Eastern Mediterranean sends a clear measure to Ankara at a time when it is actively challenging and disputing Greece’s and Cyprus’ rights under international law in the region.

Exclusive interview with FM Nikos Dendias: ‘The US recognises Greece’s strategic position’
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Exclusive interview with FM Nikos Dendias: ‘The US recognises Greece’s strategic position’

Dendias touted the fact that even as the US adjusts its international presence it chose to remain in Greece, and he delicately confirmed that the Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) has been renewed for five years and that thereafter it will be in effect indefinitely.

Cavusoglu declares Turkey’s battle readiness in the Eastern Mediterranean
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Cavusoglu declares Turkey’s battle readiness in the Eastern Mediterranean

The declaration comes less than two weeks after Greece and France signed a mutual defence pact and even as Ankara has decided to send its Oruc Reis research vessel to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Akar slams mutual defence pact between Greece, France, says Ankara will not back down in EastMed
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Akar slams mutual defence pact between Greece, France, says Ankara will not back down in EastMed

While Ankara has systematically harassed and blocked the Nautical Geo research vessel, which is to conduct research in the Mediterranean to plot the course of the EastMed pipeline, occupying a large swathe of Cyprus’ EEZ, Akar claimed that the ship is violating Turkey’s maritime jurisdiction.

Erdogan in surprise move to meet with Greek foreign minister in Ankara
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Erdogan in surprise move to meet with Greek foreign minister in Ankara

The prospect of high-level political negotiations between Athens and Ankara has fueled concerns among analysts that Greece may make concessions that touch on national sovereignty.

Van der Leyen, Michel offer carrot and stick at summit with Erdogan
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Van der Leyen, Michel offer carrot and stick at summit with Erdogan

Despite concerns over recent Turkish backsliding on human rights, the EU has applauded Ankara’s recent withdrawal of vessels operating in disputed waters and restarting talks with Greece.

Editorial Ta Nea: Remaining dedicated to dialogue
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Editorial Ta Nea: Remaining dedicated to dialogue

The Greek side must remain devoted to its line, ring the alarm bells when necessary, and come to the table of exploratory talks with determination.

Limited expectations from resumption of Greek-Turkish ‘exploratory’ talks
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Limited expectations from resumption of Greek-Turkish ‘exploratory’ talks

It was the 61st round of such talks, which commenced in 2002, when George Papandreou was foreign minister, and were abruptly terminated in 2016 after an abortive coup against Erdogan

Athens purchase of 18 Rafale war planes boosts Greek-Frenck defence cooperation
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Athens purchase of 18 Rafale war planes boosts Greek-Frenck defence cooperation

The addition of the French war planes to the Greek Air Force fleet has been touted as giving the Greek Air Force a strategic boost in its deterrent force amid Turkish threats.

Greek-Turkish exploratory talks to resume on 25 January amidst international pressures
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Greek-Turkish exploratory talks to resume on 25 January amidst international pressures

Though both sides have long declared publicly that they wish to resume talks, their views on the agenda and limits of such a dialogue are diametrically opposed.

Editorial Ta Nea: The need for stability
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Editorial Ta Nea: The need for stability

American intervention can protect the status quo in the Eastern Mediterranean and effectively prod Greece and Turkey to return to the negotiating table on an equal footing,

Editorial Ta Nea: Pressure
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Editorial Ta Nea: Pressure

Turkey was well aware of the cost to Greece of being on constant military alert and hoped that this would break Athens' resistance and force it to retreat and accept Ankara's claims.

Editorial Ta Nea: Equation
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Editorial Ta Nea: Equation

In Turkey, his sacking of his son-in-law and finance minister, Berat Albayrak, showS that Edogan will not hesitate to sacrifice even family members in order to stay in power.

Editorial Ta Nea: Persistence
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Editorial Ta Nea: Persistence

Each time Erdoagn pushed the envelope a bit further because he knew that although Greece was complaining strongly the EU would not significantly change its posture.

Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey is now international problem
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Editorial Ta Nea: Turkey is now international problem

If Donald Trump is defeated in next week’s US presidential elections Ankara may well escalate its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean in order to instigate a military incident.

Editorial To Vima: Time to shed delusions about Erdogan
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Editorial To Vima: Time to shed delusions about Erdogan

To justify his military intervention on many fronts Erdogan says that he is is guided by the Ottoman past, but he is in fact reviving the catastrophic, expansionist Nazi theory of lebensraum.

Stoltenberg, Mitsotakis push talks based on firm Turkish commitment to de-escalation with Greece
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Stoltenberg, Mitsotakis push talks based on firm Turkish commitment to de-escalation with Greece

'It is my firm hope that the underlying disputes between two allies can now be addressed purely though negotiations in the spirit of allied solidarity and international law,” Nato's chief said.

Pompeo’s visit to Greece underlines US role in Eastern Mediterranean, bolsters bilateral ties
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Pompeo’s visit to Greece underlines US role in Eastern Mediterranean, bolsters bilateral ties

In a break with US diplomatic custom that if a Secretary of State visits Greece he or she will also visit Turkey and vice versa, Pompeo decided to visit only Greece, a move viewed as a stern message to Ankara,

European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey
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European Council President Michel, Mitsotakis agree on firm stance toward Turkey

'We have the issue of security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean which is not the affair of Greece and Cyprus alone but an EU issue,' Michel said

Pompeo calls for Greek-Turkish dialogue after withdrawal of their forces from Eastern Mediterranean
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Pompeo calls for Greek-Turkish dialogue after withdrawal of their forces from Eastern Mediterranean

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.

Led by France,  Euro-Mediterranean MED7 Conference slams Turkey, supports Greece, Cyprus
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Led by France, Euro-Mediterranean MED7 Conference slams Turkey, supports Greece, Cyprus

In addition MED7 leaders urged Greece and Turkey to dialogue. The seven leaders led by Emmanuel Macron are not prepared to accept Turkish hegemony in the Mediterranean.

Editorial To Vima: Greece-France alliance
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Editorial To Vima: Greece-France alliance

The strategy of pursuing closer ties with France was vindicated in 1979 when French president Valerie Giscard D’Estaing passionately supported Greece’s accession to the European Economic Community (EEC)

Greek pursues de-escalation, plans for prospective clash
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Greek pursues de-escalation, plans for prospective clash

As accustomed as one may be to such actions by Turkey, they still offer a foretaste of what may happen if the limits are surpassed.

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