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EU Council President, Merkel Speak with Erdogan; Reportedly "In Favor of Dialogue"

It was reported in Greek media today that European Union Council President Charles Michel held a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to information disclosed by EU Council spokesman Barend Leyts. The call occurred amid sharply-rising tensions...

Israel Sides With Greece in Turkey Dispute

Israeli Prine Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek FM Nikos Dendias meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday. Photo Twitter.com/NetanyahuGreece's Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday amidst the sharply-increasing tensions in the Mediterranean after a...

Greek PM Mitsotakis: "Greece Will Not Succumb to Threats and Blackmail"

On Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a major foreign policy speech in response to this week's ongoing tensions in the Mediterranean, sparked by the sending of an oil and gas exploration vessel to the waters between Crete...

Turkish FM Now Says Dispute Should be Resolved Through Dialogue

  Turkish Foreign Minister Hulusi Akar stated on Wednesday that his country would like to resolve the current tensions with Greece involving Mediterranean oil and gas exploration rights through dialogue. However, he added that his country would still defend its "rights...

Turkish Oil Exploration Vessel Arrives on Continental Shelf; Unable to Conduct Research

According to Greek media reports, the Turkish oil and gas exploration vessel Oruc Reis has arrived, as expected, in the waters above the continental shelf of Greece near Kastellorizo, an island archipelago near the coast of Turkey. However, after putting...

Greek Foreign Ministry Calls on Turkey to Stop Illegal Oil Explorations

The Greek Foreign Ministry on Monday sent a clear message that the country will defend its sovereignty and national rights, formally calling on Turkey to immediately end the illegal oil and gas drilling activities which undermine the peace and...

Erdogan Reportedly Tells German Chancellor Merkel “We Are Starting Drilling”

Responding to Thursday's signing of a maritime agreement between Greece and Egypt delineating the EEZ's of each nation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reported to have told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that his nation would again recommence drilling...

UN Calls on Turkey to Make Hagia Sophia an “Intercultural Space”

UN human rights experts explained on Friday, July 31, that Turkey's conversion of the significant World Heritage Site "could reflect a supremacist view of history and culture." In an officially released statement, UN Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune, who works in...

Greek NY Politicians Call on Trump to Condemn Erdogan’s Hagia Sophia Decision

New York City Greek-American elected officials are calling on the Trump administration to formally rebuff Turkey’s President, Recep Erdogan, for his decision to close the historic Hagia Sophia as a museum. State Senators Michael Gianaris and Andrew Gounardes, Assembly Member...

Greece Reaches EU Consensus on Future Measures Against Turkey

  Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced on Monday that "at the request of Greece, a broad consensus was reached to proceed with a list of further measures if Turkey continues its delinquent attitude." The Minister made his remarks after...