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EU Officials Watch in Awe Greek Turkish Air Fights Live – GreekReporter.com

European Union officials had the opportunity to watch a Greek Air Force aircraft chasing away Turkish F-16 fighter jets that had violated Greek airspace live.

The presentation took place during the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) conference of the 15th Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) High-Level Course (HLC) 2019 – 2020 Module 3.

The conference was held November 2-6 at the Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAFA) in Tatoi, organized by the Directorate of International Relations of the Ministry of National Defense, under the General Director Dr. Konstantinos Balomenos.

“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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The Case for a Strategic Pivot to Greece and Cyprus – The National Interest

U.S. officials should explore options to strengthen security cooperation with Cyprus. Like Crete, this strategically located island presents an ideal platform for power projection, and stronger U.S. ties could enable Greece to focus more concertedly on other missions since Athens currently bears much de facto responsibility for Cypriot defense. Though it was lost in the …

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Erdoğan met by protests from Turkish Cypriots during visit – The Guardian

Ignoring police attempts to ban the protests, many demonstrators expressed dismay over Erdoğan’s decision to use the occasion to enjoy a picnic in the controversially reopened beach resort of Varosha, holding banners that said: “No picnic over pain”. The resort visit has been widely condemned for violating UN resolutions aimed at reuniting the war-torn island.

“It’s now or never. We have to raise our voice in open defiance” Sener Elcil, a prominent trade unionist, told the Guardian. Speaking in the UN-patrolled buffer zone dividing Cyprus, he added: “Turkish Cypriots will become extinct if our country isn’t reunited … Erdoğan is a loose cannon, he can do anything.”

It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic. – New York Times

The first purpose-built Muslim place of worship in the Greek capital since the Ottoman occupation arrived after decades of delay — just in time for a second coronavirus surge. ATHENS — The mosque that took more than a century to open, surviving legal, political and financial challenges, has closed in less than a week, a …

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Greece violated Turkey’s airspace, waters nearly 50 times in October, Defense Ministry says – Daily Sabah

The ministry also noted that legally demilitarized Greek islands in the Aegean Sea were visited by Greece’s military vessels 192 times.

“The declaration of a (military) training ground that includes the demilitarized island of Samothrace in the Northern Aegean in violation of international agreements and violation of (Turkish) territorial waters by the training ground boundary is a clear indication of Greece’s provocative attempts to escalate the tension,” the statement added.

Naguib Sawiris says Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be ‘new Ottoman emperor’ – CNBC

In strongly worded criticism, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris this week said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making a “very big mess” in the Middle East by interfering around the region. A Turkish official said, “President Erdoğan leads our Nation accordingly and claims to the contrary are baseless.” Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris leveled strongly worded …

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Turkey’s is Sending a Message with its New Unmanned, Heavily Armed Gunboat – The National Interest

[…] “We have once again understood the importance of the ‘Blue Homeland’ defence, Economic Exclusive Zone protection, protection of maritime borders of the Turkish Peninsula especially with recently emerging disputes…May ULAQ bring the best of luck and success to Turkish Armed Forces and to Blue Homeland.”

Make no mistake—Ankara is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to Turkish interests in the Mediterranean.

Ta Nea: Greece to Set Military Presence in Island Close to Albania for the First Time – Exit

Greece is set to establish a military presence in the Othonoi island close to Albania for the first time ever, according to Greek newspaper Ta Nea. The report claims that the Greek government has already launched procedures to establish a military outpost in its small westernmost island inhabited by about 400 people. It says this …

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Greece Urges Germany to Halt Military Exports to Turkey – GreekReporter.com

After the invasion of Turkish troops into Syria in October of 2019, Germany’s federal government had imposed a partial arms export ban on Turkey. However, this only applies to weapons which could be used in the Syrian war.

According to the document, the weapons delivered last year were exclusively for “maritime” purposes.

Die Welt noted that although Berlin is publicly critical of Turkey’s actions in regional conflicts including Syria and Libya, it continues to export large quantities of arms to Ankara.

Crete at center of converging, conflicting interests for Turkey, Greece in EastMed – Al Monitor

Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos has announced plans to create a new Hellenic naval base on Crete as Greece leverages its southernmost island as a pillar of security policy in the Eastern Mediterranean amid ongoing tensions with Turkey. Periklis Zorzovilis, head of the Athens-based Institute for Security and Defense Analysis, told Al-Monitor that from a geostrategic standpoint, …

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Cyprus leaders, in first encounter, back five-way U.N. meeting – Reuters

NICOSIA (Reuters) – The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Tuesday agreed to support the possibility of a five-party meeting under the auspices of the United Nations to resolve the island’s decades-old division. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who is the Greek Cypriot leader, met with newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar …

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