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EU Leaders Give Turkey a Slap on the Wrist

The Greek government hailed the outcome of Thursday's EU Summit as positive for Greece and Cyprus in regards to Turkey's aggressive moves in the Eastern Mediterranean. Indeed, the EU warned Turkey that sanctions will be imposed unless Ankara stops...

Is the US Eyeing Crete as an Alternative to Military Base in Turkey?

The visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Athens and Crete in the last several days has reinforced a notion expressed by senior Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee for Europe: that...

Why Greece Will Never Consider Demilitarizing the Aegean Islands

Greece initially welcomed Turkey's recent decision to limit its provocative acts and resume  exploratory talks after the intervention of the European Union and the United States. It was a great relief after months of violations of Greece's territorial waters...

US, EU Pile Pressure on Erdogan to De-Escalate Crisis with Greece, Cyprus

The tension generated by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean in recent months has subsided as Ankara is feeling pressure from the EU and the United States to deescalate and proceed to talks with Greece. On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

Erdogan: 'Turkey has the Power to Throw Away Maps Imposed by Others'

Despite warnings from the EU and the United States, Turkey continues to provoke Greece, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that "Turkey has the political, economic and military power to throw away immoral maps and documents imposed by others,"...

Why Greece Resists NATO-Initiated Talks with Turkey for Now

"Of the many statements President Erdogan has issued, I hold one, with six clear words: Provocations stop, then discussions can commence," said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday. The Greek prime minister issued the statement during his meeting today...

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...

Erdogan Accuses Greece of Sowing Chaos; German FM Heads to Athens, Ankara

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will be in Athens and Ankara on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sends threatening messages to Greece again. In a speech on Monday, Erdogan said...

Turkey Shows Signs of De-escalation in the Aegean

As of Saturday evening, there were signs of a gradual de-escalation in the Aegean, with military sources saying some Turkish Navy ships are returning to their base instead of moving towards Greece's continental shelf. Early in the week, Turkey had...

Archons Urge President Trump to Stop Turkey from Converting Hagia Sophia to Mosque

Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to help prevent Hagia Sophia from being turned into a mosque. In...