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France and Germany Give Turkey One Week to Halt Provocations

France and Germany accused Turkey on Thursday of continuing to provoke the European Union with its actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, and gave it one week to clarify its positions, Reuters reports. “It’s clear to us that Turkey is permanently...

Erdogan: Turkey Will Give Greece the "Answer it Deserves"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that Turkey will give Greece the “answer it deserves” over the eastern Mediterranean dispute, according to an AFP report. Speaking to the ruling party's lawmakers he also said that the ghost town...

Greek PM Mitsotakis: No Talks With Turkey as Long as Provocations Continue

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday that dialogue with Turkey is stalled following the resumption of activity by Oruc Reis and the reopening of Famagusta's Varosha beach front. Speaking after a meeting with visiting Germany's Foreign Affairs Minister...

State Department "Deplores" Turkey's Unilateral Actions in East Mediterranean

In an announcement released on Tuesday, the US State Department accused Turkey of "unilaterally raising tensions" in the Mediterranean after Ankara sent its oil and gas drilling ship Oruc Reis once again into Greek territorial waters. A Twitter message from...

Why Turkey's New Provocation is the Most Dangerous Yet

As the Turkish seismic vessel Oruc Reis has once again entered Greece's continental shelf -- accompanied by warships -- Athens sees Turkey's new provocation as the end of any possibility for exploratory talks that the two countries had agreed...

Turkish Research Vessel Enters Greece's Continental Shelf

The Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis entered the seas atop Greek continental shelf early on Tuesday, about 35 nautical miles south of Kastellorizo. The ship had set sail on Monday from the port of Antalya, while its global positioning system...

Turkey Reignites Tensions With Greece by Sending Exploration Vessel South of Kastellorizo

The Turkish Navy said on Sunday that the research ship Oruc Reis, at the center of an energy rights row with Greece, will be sent back to the sea area south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Turkey withdrew the...

Erdogan Says He's Open to Diplomatic Talks with Greece after Withdrawing Research Vessel

After Friday prayers, President Erdogan expressed his willingness to meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis personally or over video call to discuss de-escalation of tensions in the Mediterranean, according to reports in the Turkish press today. Currently, the Turkish...

Greece Welcomes Departure of Turkish Research Vessel as "Sign of De-Escalation"

Greece welcomed on Sunday the reported departure of the Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis from the sea area south of Kastellorizo, where the ship was conducting seismic research. "The return of Oruc Reis to Antalya is a positive first step,"...

EU Threatens Turkey With Sanctions, Calls for Dialogue in Dispute With Greece

Facing rising tension over Turkey's energy exploration efforts in Greek and Cypriot waters, the EU called for dialogue and an end to the continued acts of aggression by Greece's neighbor on Monday. If Turkey does not heed the warning, European...