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Editorial Ta Nea: A new EU vitality
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Editorial Ta Nea: A new EU vitality

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.

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

Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France
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Editorial To Vima: Europe is not just France

Only France is stepping forward to staunchly and with clear judgment support Greece’s just positions. Other EU countries, however, are not doing their part as their interests have led them to adopt a neutral stance.

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: Time is on Greece’s side
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Editorial To Vima: Time is on Greece’s side

In any event the intensity and frequency of Turkish Aegean and Southeastern Mediterranean violations are annoying more and more international players.

Editorial To Vima: The March scenario
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Editorial To Vima: The March scenario

Greece and governments all over the world hope that the vaccine will help manage the public health crisis and permit a gradual normalisation of social and economic life.

With spectre of Greek-Turkish EastMed clash looming, Stoltenberg scampers to resolve conflict
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With spectre of Greek-Turkish EastMed clash looming, Stoltenberg scampers to resolve conflict

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Reuters the Western alliance was considering so-called deconfliction measures to prevent naval accidents in an increasingly congested region, although he did not go into details.

Editorial To Vima: When will Europe react?
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Editorial To Vima: When will Europe react?

Before the decision to turn the museum of the Christian Basilica of Hagia Sophia into a mosque and yesterday’s NAVTEX (a navigational warning), since May, 2019, there were a series of provocative actions by Turkey

 Hagia Sophia, Turkey, Russia and the West
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 Hagia Sophia, Turkey, Russia and the West

It is Mr. Erdogan’s commercial and military strategic alliance with Russia through which the Turkish leader has heaped scorn and contempt on Washington and NATO.

Editorial To Vima: An EU-Turkey affair
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Editorial To Vima: An EU-Turkey affair

French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stern message to Turkey criticising its activity in Libya but other EU states are not on board and there is no solid EU front against Turkey.

Editorial To Vima: Stirring the water
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Editorial To Vima: Stirring the water

It has become clear all these years that Greece’s decision not to fully exercise its rights under international law has to this day failed to limit Turkey’s provocations.

Editorial To Vima: Erdogan’s conceit
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Editorial To Vima: Erdogan’s conceit

In the pre-coronavirus period he unsuccessfully tried to open many fronts at once but did not achieve the victories that as self-styled sultan he very much desired.

Dendias calls for European resolve in answering Ankara’s geopolitical, economic blackmail
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Dendias calls for European resolve in answering Ankara’s geopolitical, economic blackmail

The Turkish leadership went as far as to liken the situation at the border to the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. This disrespected the memory of the millions brutally murdered by the Nazis.

Mitsotakis courts investors in Berlin, holds talks on migration crisis, Turkey with Merkel
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Mitsotakis courts investors in Berlin, holds talks on migration crisis, Turkey with Merkel

'In the last 10 days we have shown that we can defend our national and European sovereignty. Greece and Europe cannot be blackmailed by anyone,' the PM told the German-Hellenic Economic Forum.

Erdogan wants funding, geopolitical backing to keep migrants out of EU
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Erdogan wants funding, geopolitical backing to keep migrants out of EU

Erdogan appeared unimpressed by what the EU was offering so far, saying the Union was always offering help but then falling short or not stepping up.

Despondent migrants in geopolitical limbo at Turkish-Greek border blame Erdogan
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Despondent migrants in geopolitical limbo at Turkish-Greek border blame Erdogan

“Why did he (Erdogan) do this to us if he knew Greece won’t let us cross?” she asked, sitting on a rug near a pile of bags full of clothes and diapers for her sons, aged 13 and 7.

Editorial To Vima: Solidarity requires deeds
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Editorial To Vima: Solidarity requires deeds

Officials in Brussels are reportedly enraged with Erdogan’s behaviour as Reuters reports but they realise that they are essentially being held hostage and they are considering offering new funding to Ankara, effectively caving in to his blackmail.

Top EU officials express solidarity with Greece in guarding EU borders, pledge 700mn euro in aid
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Top EU officials express solidarity with Greece in guarding EU borders, pledge 700mn euro in aid

'We have just been to the border area and have seen how tense and how difficult the situation is. The Greek authorities are facing a very difficult task in containing the situation and I want to thank the Greek border guards, the coast guards, the civilians, the police, the servicemen and servicewomen, and Frontex for their tireless effort, said Ursula von der Leyen.

Ankara ups the ante in dispute with Russia in Syroa
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Ankara ups the ante in dispute with Russia in Syroa

Russia supports Assad and accused Turkey of flouting agreements it made with Moscow, aggravating the situation in Idlib, and failing to neutralise militants there,

EU foreign policy chief blasts Turkey on behalf of Commission
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EU foreign policy chief blasts Turkey on behalf of Commission

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.

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)

Editorial To Vima: Triple message of support from Paris
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Editorial To Vima: Triple message of support from Paris

The French president’s remarks at a joint press conference with PM Mitsotakis are to date the clearest and most emphatic message of support of Greece’s sovereign rights.

Greece, France firm up defence, energy coperation amidst Turkish threats
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Greece, France firm up defence, energy coperation amidst Turkish threats

Though strong international players such as the US and the EU have criticised the MOU it is clear that only France has begun to offer palpable backing at sea in the Mediterranean.

Greece continues diplomatic blitz to annul Libya-Turkey EEZ accord
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Greece continues diplomatic blitz to annul Libya-Turkey EEZ accord

The MOU expropriates a large chunk of Greece’s EEZ with the specious argument that islands such as Crete (which is much closer to Libya than any EU state or Turkey) have no EEZ.

Editorial To Vima: National vigilance
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Editorial To Vima: National vigilance

Turkey’s untrammeled audacity and enormous provocations have led to not unfounded suspicions that Ankara is getting ready for extremely bellicose acts against Greece.

Editorial To Vima: An era of indeterminacy and uncertainty
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Editorial To Vima: An era of indeterminacy and uncertainty

Geopolitical constants have been lost, developments are being shaped elsewhere, and Greece for the time being cannot have the impact that it deserves and would want to have.

Editorial Ta Nea: Realism
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Editorial Ta Nea: Realism

Our country must be present with the diplomatic vigour that its geopolitical place demands and with a clear conception of its size and role.

Pence, Pompeo eye Greek-American supporters in election year, praise Mitsotakis’ policies
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Pence, Pompeo eye Greek-American supporters in election year, praise Mitsotakis’ policies

In a rare diplomatic move Vice-President President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hosted a reception for the Greek prime minister which naturally was attended by Greek-American leaders and wealthy potential donors.

Trump gives thumbs up on Greek economy, silent on Turkish threats at talks with Mitsotakis
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Trump gives thumbs up on Greek economy, silent on Turkish threats at talks with Mitsotakis

For Greece a presidential statement regarding Turkish violations of international law in the Southeast Mediterranean and the Aegean would have been welcome but there was no joint press conference after the talks.

Mitsotakis to meet Trump amidst Turkish provocations in Mediterranean, Aegean, Libya
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Mitsotakis to meet Trump amidst Turkish provocations in Mediterranean, Aegean, Libya

The two leaders are expected to surely discuss the volatile situation created by Turkey in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, where US energy giant ExxonMobil has acquired drilling rights in Cyprus' EEZ.

Editorial Ta Nea: Message of peace
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Editorial Ta Nea: Message of peace

No one can ignore the fact that a new energy map in which Greece will have a leading role is being drawn up.

Editorial To Vima: A pipeline of opportunities and challenges
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Editorial To Vima: A pipeline of opportunities and challenges

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.

Ankara blasts EastMed project, says gas should go through Turkey
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Ankara blasts EastMed project, says gas should go through Turkey

'Turkey is the most commercially feasible and secure route for the utilisation of the natural resources in the Eastern Mediterranean and their transfer to the consumer markets in Europe,' said the Turkish foreign ministry.

EastMed pipeline will upgrade the geostrategic value of Greece, Cyprus says Mitsotakis
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EastMed pipeline will upgrade the geostrategic value of Greece, Cyprus says Mitsotakis

'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, Anastasiades hold talks ahead of EastMed signing
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Mitsotakis, Anastasiades hold talks ahead of EastMed signing

Mitsotakis described EastMed as a very important energy project, which is the result of a key trilateral collaboration that extends beyond the energy sector.

Erdogan sees EEZ pact with Tripoli as checkmate move in Eastern Mediterranean
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Erdogan sees EEZ pact with Tripoli as checkmate move in Eastern Mediterranean

Erdogan is standing by his pledge to provide military support to the government of Tripoli which is internationally recognised but controls only the capital.

Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties
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Mitsotakis sees Hague as last resort with Turkey, stresses US-Greece ties

'We must state clearly that if we cannot agree on the sole dispute that Greece recognises – delimitation of the continental shelf of the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean –  that should be adjudicated by the International Court of Justice,' the PM said.

Editorial Ta Nea: The myth
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Editorial Ta Nea: The myth

Since the Battle of Navarino in 1827 Greece has never been alone. Most recently during the 1996 Imia crisis the US intervention to defuse the situation was definitive.

Moscow, Ankara at loggerheads over Libya
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Moscow, Ankara at loggerheads over Libya

'We have repeatedly said how Russia sees the crisis in Libya. We want an immediate end to the conflict and an end to bloodshed in the country,' Peskov said.

Dendias moves to forge alliance against Liby-Turkey EEZ accord
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Dendias moves to forge alliance against Liby-Turkey EEZ accord

Another move that puts a damper on Ankara’s designs is the planned signing on 2 January of an inter-state accord on the construction of the EastMed pipeline.

Amidst strong threats, Mitsotakis continues push to isolate Turkey internationally
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Amidst strong threats, Mitsotakis continues push to isolate Turkey internationally

'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.

Akar: We are at the same point as 1974, comparing invasion of Cyprus with invasion of its EEZ
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Akar: We are at the same point as 1974, comparing invasion of Cyprus with invasion of its EEZ

 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'.

Editorial Ta Nea: Messages
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Editorial Ta Nea: Messages

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.

Editorial Ta Nea: Defence
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Editorial Ta Nea: Defence

Europe has understood in an ever more dramatic manner that the post-war world is changing.

Athens responds to Turkish letter to the UN  challenging Greek sovereign rights
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Athens responds to Turkish letter to the UN challenging Greek sovereign rights

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, Conte discussed the migration crisis, energy cooperation, sign MOU
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Mitsotakis, Conte discussed the migration crisis, energy cooperation, sign MOU

Mitsotakis called for the enforcement of the EU-Turkey statement that lays out Ankara's and the EU's obligations and said EU solidarity must been taken seriously.

Cordiality at Trump-Erdogan talks does not change staunch US stance on S-400s
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Cordiality at Trump-Erdogan talks does not change staunch US stance on S-400s

As recently as  21 November a senior State Department official told reporters Turkey needed to “get rid of” the system. Those comments came after President Tayyip Erdogan met U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.

Editorial To Vima: A veil of neo-conservatism does not befit Greece
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Editorial To Vima: A veil of neo-conservatism does not befit Greece

Everything that has occurred over the last days in cities and villages in mainland Greece reveal the unalloyed political aims of circles of unrepentant exploiters of a skewed perception of the nation.

Editorial To Vima: Greece in the era of instability
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Editorial To Vima: Greece in the era of instability

At the same time waves of US protectionism, have undermined international trade, have undermined global growth, limited the rise of China, limited the power of India and rising Indian and Latin American economies, and have trapped embattled Africa turning it into a centre of refugees and migrants..

Ta Nea Editorial: Bridle
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Ta Nea Editorial: Bridle

Syria and its populations are paying a huge price for the cynical power plays of major countries.

Editorial Ta Nea: Absentees
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Editorial Ta Nea: Absentees

Vladimir Putin’s Russia which is distant from the Western values of democracy and liberty is steadily gaining predominance in the Middle East.

Editorial To Vima: PM Mitsotakis’ first great challenge
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Editorial To Vima: PM Mitsotakis’ first great challenge

Mitsotakis must say that Greece demands solidarity in confronting Turkey’s arbitrary, hostile, and erratic behavior and its revisionist policies.

Editorial To Vima: Trump, Erdogan and Pandora’s Box
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Editorial To Vima: Trump, Erdogan and Pandora’s Box

The problematic Turkish leader continues to provoke everyone and remains indifferent to international and domestic reactions and he has opened fronts in Cyprus and in Syria.

Editorial To Vima: The refugees and us
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Editorial To Vima: The refugees and us

As long as these flows continue and develop the negative reactions will grow and may spin out of control if migrant flows are not checked.

Editorial To Vima: The duty of great powers in the refugee crisis
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Editorial To Vima: The duty of great powers in the refugee crisis

It must relieve the burden on the islands by transporting migrants elsewhere while preparing local societies on the mainland to accept this eventuality.

Editorial To Vima: Undeclared war
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Editorial To Vima: Undeclared war

Our partners are obliged to secure the Greek-European borders and to create a system for the just distribution of refugees.

Editorial Ta Nea: Deeds
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Editorial Ta Nea: Deeds

'We are aware of the tensions Greece faces in the Eastern Mediterraean. The Eastern Mediterranean makes your country important in the region,' Macron stated.

Akar celebrated 1964 Turkish napalm bombing of Greek-Cypriots on eve of intercommunal talks
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Akar celebrated 1964 Turkish napalm bombing of Greek-Cypriots on eve of intercommunal talks

Ankara has defied limited EU sanctions and repeated US warnings not to drill for gas and oil in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

Amidst Turkish threats effort underway to jumpstart Cyprus settlement talks
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Amidst Turkish threats effort underway to jumpstart Cyprus settlement talks

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.

Mitsotakis calls for end to Turkish occupation in Cyprus
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Mitsotakis calls for end to Turkish occupation in Cyprus

Anastasiades underscored the crucial importance of existing trilateral cooperations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan defies US threats on F-35 sale, says he can find figher jets elsewhere
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Erdogan defies US threats on F-35 sale, says he can find figher jets elsewhere

Russia’s Rostec state conglomerate said Russia would be ready to supply its SU-35 jets to Turkey if Ankara requested them.

European Investment Bank freezes loans to Turkey over Cyprus drilling
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European Investment Bank freezes loans to Turkey over Cyprus drilling

'A review of the Bank’s strategic orientations of its lending activities in Turkey is scheduled for later this year,' an EIB spokeswoman said.

Esper tells Senate it’s either S-400s 0r F-35s for Turkey, Trump says it’s ‘not fair’
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Esper tells Senate it’s either S-400s 0r F-35s for Turkey, Trump says it’s ‘not fair’

'It’s a very tough situation that they’re in, and it’s a very tough situation that we’ve been placed in the United States ... we’ll see what happens. But it’s not really fair,'Trump said.

Editorial To Vima: The sanctions against Turkey and us
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Editorial To Vima: The sanctions against Turkey and us

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.

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over illegal gas drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ
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EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over illegal gas drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

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.

EU poised to take limited measures against Ankara over illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ
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EU poised to take limited measures against Ankara over illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ

'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.

Apostolakis expresses fears of Greek-Turkish military accident
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Apostolakis expresses fears of Greek-Turkish military accident

The defence minister underlined Greece’s efforts to achieve a normalisation of relations.

Editorial To Vima: National foreign policy strategy now!
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Editorial To Vima: National foreign policy strategy now!

Instead of constantly rushing to answer all of Erdogan’s provocations and threats, it is more effective to create the necessary conditions and strengthen the necessary alliances to confront them on our own.

Athens to sign with ExxonMobil for gas exploration near Crete, eyes Cyprus talks
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Athens to sign with ExxonMobil for gas exploration near Crete, eyes Cyprus talks

“We shall continue with a plan that has been studied very well and is linked to the upgrading of Greece’s international role in the broader region and to our decisiveness about exploiting our energy resources,” PM Alexis Tsipras said.

EU warns Turkey over drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ, seeks counter-measures
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EU warns Turkey over drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ, seeks counter-measures

'Turkey must avoid threats, actions that damage good neighbourly relations, normalise its relations with the Republic of Cyprus and respect the sovereignty of all EU Member States over their territorial sea and airspace,' the GAC declared.

Editorial Ta Nea: Quicksand
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Editorial Ta Nea: Quicksand

At a moment that Turkey is courting Tehran, what role will Ankara play in the strife between the US and Iran?

Greece receives 70 American reconnaisance helicopters amidst Turkish threats
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Greece receives 70 American reconnaisance helicopters amidst Turkish threats

The helicopters will act as a powerful deterrent both in the Aegean, where Ankara has laid claim to over 100 Greek rock islets and islets and in the Evros border region.