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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...

Ankara Accuses Greece of Violating Lausanne Treaty in Aegean Islands

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar accused Greece on Thursday of violating the Treaty of Lausanne by keeping troops on the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea. Speaking with the opposition Sozcu newspaper, Akar said that ''We do not threaten Greece but...

Turkey Repeats Call for the Demilitarization of Sixteen Greek Islands

The Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar called again on Sunday for the demilitarization of sixteen Aegean islands, claiming that Greece is violating international agreements. In an interview with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, Akar said Greece has stationed armed forces in 16...

Turkey Claims Greece's Expulsion of Libyan Ambassador is "Sign of Weakness"

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar described Greece's decision to expel the Libyan Ambassador over the new maritime boundary deal between Ankara and Tripoli as a demonstration of the nation's weakness. "We regard it as a sign of weakness," Akar said...