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EU leaders hit out at Turkey’s ‘provocations’ in the Med – AP

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy accused the EU of being insincere and unconstructive instead of “encouraging a dialogue, reconciliation and an unconditional positive agenda.”

“It should be known that the language of threats will have no effect on Turkey,” Aksoy said. “Instead of threatening Turkey, we expect the EU to present concrete and unbiased proposals that serve our common interests.”

How two 16th-century pirates inspired Erdogan’s foreign policy – The National

Most historians view the brothers as pirates and slave traders, yet Turkish schoolchildren are taught the brave exploits of Oruc Reis (Turkish for “chief”) and Barbarossa Hayrettin (“best of the faith”). Now, Mr Erdogan uses seismic research vessels named after them to signal his country’s desire to defend its maritime rights and challenge regional powers.

Devised by retired naval officer Cem Gürdeniz, it views the eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean and the Black Sea – to be Turkey’s Blue Homeland. It first made headlines a year ago when Mr Erdogan gave a speech in front of a map laying out Turkish control over more than 460,000 square kilometres in those three seas.

Two weeks ago, the Turkish presidency marked the anniversary of that 1538 victory over Christian powers with a video re-enactment of Hayrettin battling Crusaders. “The blood of my ancestors flows through my veins,” the President’s communications head, Fahrettin Altun, said in a tweet releasing the video. “We die and take lives for the blue homeland.”

Turkey issues new Navtex in Eastern Mediterranean for Oruç Reis vessel – Daily Sabah

Turkey issued a new Navtex for the Oruç Reis seismic exploration vessel to carry out activities south of the island of Kastellorizo (Megisti-Meis) until Oct. 22, reports said Sunday. After Athens objected to Ankara’s seismic survey in an area south of the island of Kastellorizo, German diplomatic efforts helped defuse tensions between the two neighbors. …

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Egypt’s president signs strategic maritime deal with Greece – AP

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president Saturday ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, the state-run news agency reported, in a move that has angered Turkey. The bilateral agreement is widely seen as a response to a rival deal between …

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Turkey: UN registers maritime deal reached with Tripoli – AP

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The United Nations has registered a maritime delineation deal reached between Turkey and Libya’s U.N.-backed government, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced Friday. Last year, Turkey and the Government of National Accord, or GNA, which is based in Tripoli, reached a memorandum of understanding demarcating their maritime boundaries. The agreement, which would …

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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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Turkey accuses EU of rewarding aggressor in Libya – AP

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused the European Union of “rewarding the aggressor” after the 27-nation bloc slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm which operates a vessel that was at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea …

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EU sanctions Turkish firm over Libya arms embargo violations – AP

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. At talks in Brussels, EU foreign …

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Why Turkey’s Erdogan may need to be confronted with an aircraft carrier – Washington Examiner

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have backed off, at least a little, from his looming Mediterranean Sea showdown with Greece. But if Erdogan decides to escalate, Washington should send him a clear message. In that scenario, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group should be ordered to conduct exercises in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. …

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NATO says Greece and Turkey agree to de-escalation talks, but Athens denies a deal- AP

NATO’s chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to reduce the risks of military “incidents and accidents” in the eastern Mediterranean, where the two are locked in a tense standoff over offshore energy rights. But Athens quickly denied any such agreement, saying neighboring Turkey must first withdraw …

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Turkey and Greece staring into ‘the abyss’ as tensions in Mediterranean risk spiraling into conflict – The Telegraph

Observers fear a mistake or miscalculation could lead to military conflict between the Nato members As warships bristling with 21st century weapons systems prowled the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey’s president drew on a rather earlier era to underline his latest round of sabre-rattling towards Greece. Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose the anniversary of a battle that took …

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Rising Tensions Between Turkey and Greece Divide E.U. Leaders – New York Times

Conflict over drilling rights to massive natural-gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean is becoming increasingly militarized, risking a conflict between two NATO members. BRUSSELS — An escalating dispute between Greece and Turkey over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean is fast becoming militarized, raising the risks of a clash among NATO allies. Foreign Minister Heiko …

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