Imia

Greece Advises Turkey to 'Measure its Words' over Imia

A Turkish statement about Greece adopting EU environmental laws on Imia has drawn a stern rebuke from Athens. Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit out at Greece for extending the Natura 2000 environmental protection programme to the Aegean islets, claiming Imia's...

US Envoy Critical of 'Crazy' Reporting over Aegean Tensions

The U.S. ambassador to Greece has criticized some Greek media for their reporting of the ongoing tensions in the Aegean involving Turkish forces. Geoffrey Pyatt, speaking to U.S.-based outlet Vice News, said there had been “crazy stuff” published regarding escalating...

Greece May Claim Damages for Imia Boat-Ramming Incident

Parliamentary documents have revealed that Greece could apply for compensation from Turkey for the damage sustained by a Greek coastguard vessel hit by a Turkish ship in February. A report in Greek newspaper Kathimerini cites a March 20 document which...

Turkish Radar Overlooks Imia (video)

Video has surfaced of a purported Turkish thermal radar unit overlooking the Greek islets of Imia. The Ihlas News Agency has released video showing a Mugla-province-registered vehicle on the Turkish coast within viewing distance of the islets. On top is mounted...

Turkey's Internal Problems to Blame for Provocations: Minister

A Greek minister on Friday accused Turkey of trying to solve internal problems through international provocations. Alternate National Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA)'s radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM: "Turkey is trying to solve its internal and external...

'No Negotiation over Greek Territory' says Minister

A senior Greek minister on Thursday said there were no so-called 'grey zones' in the country's territorial sovereignty. "We do not negotiate our territorial waters and we will do whatever possible to protect the lives of the people in the...

Are Greece and Turkey Really on the Verge of War?

The Aegean is heating up. Out of ten results produced by googling the words “Greece” and “Turkey” together, eight are related to current or past conflicts between the Aegean neighbors. In the meantime, four Turkish warplanes were reported in Athens’...

Greek Opposition Head Meets Turkish PM in Germany

Senior figures from Greece's main opposition party met Turkey's prime minister and foreign minister recently in Germany. New Democracy head Kyriakos Mitsotakis and shadow foreign minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos met the pair on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in...

Turkish Reactions 'Detached from Reality', Says Greece

The ongoing war of words between Athens and Ankara heated up on Saturday as a Greek foreign ministry spokesman said Turkey "systematically violates international law and continuously crosses red lines". Alexandros Yennimatas also told reporters Turkey's complaints when confronted about...

Greek Promise to Defend Itself Sparks 'Dismay' in Turkey

Turkey has said it is "concerned and dismayed" after Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias warned Ankara that Athens would not react peacefully the next time an incident happens at the Imia islets. In a statement on Saturday, Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami...