Imia

Foreign Ministry: Personal Attacks do not Promote Greek-Turkish Relations

Greece’s foreign ministry criticized comments made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday about the islets of Imia and the eight Turkish servicemen who requested asylum in Greece, saying personal attacks do not promote the relations between the...

Greek Dep DefMin: We Deal With Turkish Provocations Calmly and With Determination

"We operate based on three things: composure, calm, determination," said Greece's Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas on Wednesday in light of recent provocations by Turkey in Greek territorial waters in the Aegean. The Greek official was on Ant1 television where...

Turkish Media Says Coast Guard Approached Imia Islets, While Greek Army Watched

A Turkish coast guard boat came within a 2 meter distance of the Imia islets on Tuesday as reported by Turkish news website Sozcu. The report claimed that a Greek ship “just stood there, a mile off.” This is...

New Greece-Turkey Tension at Imia Islets

New tension was generated on Sunday between Greece and Turkey regarding the Imia islets in the Aegean, according to an ANT1 television report. The report cited Turkish media claiming that Greek navy ships violated Turkish territorial waters six times around...

Turkish PM Disputes 130 Greek Islets in Aegean

Speaking to reporters in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirimn spoke of 130 islets in the Aegean for which it is not clear who they belong to. Other than challenging the ownership of the islets, Yildirimn also criticized...

Turkish FM Threatens Greece With 'Accident' in the Aegean

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu indirectly threatened Greece with an "accident" in the Aegean and called on Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to "come back to his senses." In an interview with Hurriyet newspaper, the Turkish minister criticized comments made...

Turkish Jet Fighters Fly Over Greek Islet 30' After Defense Minister Places Wreath

Turkish provocations in the Aegean continued on Wednesday as jet fighters of the neighboring country flew over Imia islet, just 30 minutes after Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos dropped a commemoration wreath by helicopter. According to a SKAI television report,...

Greek PM Tsipras Calls on Merkel After Turkish Provocations in Aegean

Athens is concerned about the recent Turkish provocation in the Aegean and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of her visit to Turkey on February 2. Greek government officials believe that Sundays' appearance of...

Turkish Warship With Army Chief On Board Sails into Greek Waters Near Imia; Military on High Alert

On Sunday a Turkish fast attack craft (FAC) carrying Turkey's Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar entered Greek waters around the islet of Imia around 10:30 a.m., according to sources. A FAC is a small, fast, agile and offensive warship armed...

Turkish Media: Greek Fishing Boats Violate Turkish Waters at Imia

Turkish newspaper Sabah reported tension between Turkish and Greek coast guard units on Monday when 10 Greek fishing boats entered the area of Imia. According to Sabah, the Imia islets belong to Turkey and they are called Kardak. Thereby, the...