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New Turkish Provocation: Exploration Ship Sent to Cyprus EEZ

Turkey has continued its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, sending the "Barabaros Hayreddin Pasha" exploration ship to waters that are part of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ), claiming it will drill for hydrocarbons in the area. Ankara opposes Cyprus' energy...

Turkey Says Installation of Russian S-400 Systems to Begin October 2019

The installation of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in Turkey will begin in October 2019, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has announced. Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 systems, which are not compatible with NATO's defense apparatus, has unnerved the United...

Turkey Strongly Reacts to Greece's Stated Intent to Expand Territorial Waters

Turkey has strongly reacted to a recent statement by departing Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias that Greece intends to extend its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles. In response, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has suspended plans...

U.S. Neutral on Greek-Turkish Maritime Dispute

The United States has not taken any position on the recent dispute between Greece and Turkey regarding the issue of maritime borders. Asked about the Turkish warnings that it would not tolerate any extension of Greece's territorial waters, a State...

Turkey Escalates Provocations In Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, a former four-star general in the Turkish Armed Forces, said that ''Ankara will not accept any definite actions in the east Mediterranean and any Greek intervention in Turkey's activities...

Greek Parliament to Decide on Extension of Territorial Waters

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in his new dual role as Greece's foreign minister, announced on Tuesday that Greece will determine when and how its territorial waters will be extended by way of a parliamentary vote instead of via presidential...

Greek Foreign Ministry: 'Extension of Territorial Waters Our Inalienable Right'

Following statements made by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglou on Turkish television, the Greek Foreign Ministry, under the instructions of Alexis Tsipras, issued a response asserting Greece's inalienable right to extend its territorial waters. Specifically, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros...

Turkish FM Urgently Summons Greek Ambassador

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urgently summoned the Greek Ambassador to Ankara. As reported by Turkey's Anadolu news agency, this summons came after remarks made by outgoing Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias regarding an expansion of Greece's territorial waters...

Greece Slams New Turkish 'Provocation' in the Aegean

The Greek ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement slamming Turkey after it emerged that a Turkish ship will conduct unauthorized seismic research in a section of the Greek continental shelf. This statement follows a series of similarly provocative...

Economist: U.S. Interested in Greece More Than Europe Is

"America has often put discreet pressure on its European allies to avoid a rift with Greece, as much because of geopolitics as economics," says an Economist report. In view of the recent agreement for the extension of Greece's bailout program,...