Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Five Countries Blocked EU Sanctions Against Turkey – Greek City Times

Turkey’s continuing provocation in the Eastern Mediterranean was not to be discussed at this Summit and the issue was reopened due to the insistence of the Greek Prime Minister and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis. Finally, the European Council’s “strong disapproval” of the new unilateral and provocative actions of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, including recent research activities, was included in the Conclusions. There is also an explicit reference to the need for Turkey to respect Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 on Varosha in occupied northern Cyprus. The European Council called on Turkey to reverse these actions and work to reduce tensions in a consistent and systematic manner, and warned that it would continue to monitor the issue closely.

Greece finalizes plan to build wall on border with Turkey – SFChronicle.com

Four Greek construction companies have been selected to build the new wall and upgrade the existing section of fencing, running along or close to the Evros River, which forms much of the border between the two countries.

The wall will be made using galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, according to Greece’s public order ministry.

How much longer can Greece and Turkey avoid war? – The Critic

Greece and Turkey nearly came to blows last summer, and the risk of war remains Last summer, Greece and Turkey came closer to war than they have done since 1974, when Turkey invaded Cyprus. The drama began to unfold on 21 July, when Turkey announced it was sending a seismic survey ship, the Oruc Reis, …

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U.S. Will Base Mammoth Ship in Greece, Near Disputed Territory – New York Times

The Navy ship, the Hershel “Woody” Williams, will be deployed to a joint U.S.-Greek base, a move that could serve as a mark of America’s growing irritation with Turkey. CRETE, Greece — In a move that could be construed as a symbolic show of support for Greece in its tense standoff with Turkey, America’s top …

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Greece goes arms shopping as Turkey tension rises – Politico

ATHENS — Greece is getting out the credit card and going on a big military spending spree as it faces growing tensions with Turkey. Despite the deep recession caused by the coronavirus crisis and a rising budget deficit, Athens has decided it’s time to act. Fighter jets, frigates, torpedoes and helicopters are all on Prime …

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Foreign mediation in eastern Mediterranean dispute between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey – Neos Kosmos

Bitter regional rivalries between Greece and Turkey are continuing as competition over gas discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean have escalated fears for military confrontation. Since last month Turkish ships have been navigating in waters which belong to Greece, according to international laws but which Turkey has for decades disputed. Ankara has not signed the UN …

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Turkey’s Erdogan says East Med is test of EU’s sincerity – Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, September 4, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan told European Council President Charles Michel on Sunday the EU’s stance towards the East Mediterranean would be a test of its sincerity, calling on it to take an impartial stance in Turkey’s row with Greece. NATO allies Turkey and Greece have been locked in a dispute over hydrocarbon exploration …

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Turkish surprise: Erdogan opens borders to allow migrants into Greece – CS Monitor

Thousands of migrants and refugees massed at Turkey’s western frontier on Sunday, trying to enter Greece by land and sea after Turkey said its borders were open to those hoping to head to Europe. In Syria, Turkish troops shot down two Syrian warplanes after the Syrian military downed a Turkish drone, a major escalation in …

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France to send warships to support Greece in Turkish standoff – The Guardian

Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, has welcomed a decision by France to dispatch war frigates to the eastern Mediterranean as a standoff with Turkey over regional energy reserves intensifies. With tensions between Athens and Ankara causing growing international alarm, Mitsotakis described the vessels as “guarantors of peace”. “The only way to end differences in the …

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