Turkey and Greece Expected to Pause Military Exercises in the Aegean
The Defense Minister of Turkey Hulusi Akar on Friday said he expects a moratorium with Greece in military and airforce exercises in the Aegean Sea between June 15 and Sept. 15, to accommodate tourism. “In the upcoming period, we expect...
Greek Defense Minister in First Visit to Turkey Since 2002
In a further sign of the improvement of relations between Greece and Turkey, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos joined his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar on Tuesday in a rare visit to Turkey. The last time a Greek defense minister visited...
Greece Defence Minister Says Meeting Turkey Counterpart Not Ruled Out
The Minister of National Defence of Greece said in an interview that he wouldn't rule out a meeting with his Turkey counterpart.
Greece and Turkey Agree to Reduce Tension in the Aegean
Greece and Turkey agreed to reduce tension and keep communication channels open during a meeting between the countries' defense ministers on Thursday. Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos held a brief meeting with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar on the...
Turkey Warns Greece Against Extending Territorial Waters
Turkey has warned Greece not to make the mistake to extend its territorial waters from six to 12 nautical miles, calling for peaceful dialogue
Greek Island of Oinousses Sends Message of Defiance to Turkey
The Greek island of Oinousses sent a clear message to Turkey on Friday, after Turkish media claimed that the island was "occupied" by Greeks, by displaying a giant Greek flag along the side of the island. The controversy began when...
Turkey Reiterates Right to Defend “Blue Homeland”
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar declared that his country is determined to defend its rights to the “Blue Homeland,” referring to the Aegean
Ankara Extends Illegal Navtex, Turkish Defense Minister Disputes Greek Territorial Waters
On Saturday, Ankara extended the current illegal NAVTEX that has a seismic vessel called Oruc Reis, researching inside Greek territorial waters south of Kastellorizo and accompanied by Turkish Navy ships. The NAVTEX that has the Turkish ships moving south and...
Turkish Defense Minister Akar Accuses Greece of Multiple Violations Against Turkey
The Defense Minister of Turkey Hulusi Akar accused Greece of several violations against Turkey, according to a report from Greece's Kathimerini Daily on Saturday. Akar not only accused Athens of violating Turkey's airspace, but he also claimed that Greece violates...
Turkey Continues Hostile Rhetoric Despite White House Call for Dialogue
The White House on Wednesday called on Greece and Turkey to commit to a dialogue and ease tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, yet Ankara continues aggressive rhetoric towards Athens. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday spoke on the telephone with...