Turkey slams ‘prejudiced’ EU decisions on East Med, Aegean

Turkey on Friday criticized a series of decisions on the Aegean and Mediterranean taken by a European Union summit. The decisions, adopted on Friday at the end of a two-day leaders’ summit in Brussels, are prejudiced, lack vision, and are disconnected from reality, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Citing several Greek policy positions … Read more

Greece accuses Turkish press of espionage in row over Aegean island

The Greek press has accused Turkish journalists of “espionage” after Anadolu Agency (AA) captured evidence of Greece’s militarization of the island of Pserimos (Keçi), 8 kilometers (5 miles) southwest of Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, revealing its deployment of soldiers. The Dodecanese islands group in the Aegean Sea contains several rocky areas, islets and islands with yet-undetermined … Read more

Turkey, Israel launch efforts for appointing ambassadors: FM Çavuşoğlu

Turkey and Israel have launched the process to raise mutual diplomatic relations to the ambassadors level, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday while Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid paid a visit to the capital Ankara as the two countries enter a new phase in bilateral relations after a decade of animosity. Both countries will continue … Read more

Israeli FM Lapid to visit Turkey for further normalization steps

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will pay a visit to Turkey on Thursday as the two countries enter a new phase in bilateral relations after a decade of animosity. Within the scope of Turkey’s normalization policy with the countries of the Gulf and Middle East, Lapid will arrive in the capital Ankara just days after … Read more

Footage shows illegal Greek military deployment on Aegean island

Greece’s militarization of Pserimos (Keçi) Island, 8 kilometers (5 miles) southwest of southwestern Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula, and its deployment of soldiers there was recently filmed by Anadolu Agency (AA). The Dodecanese islands group in the Aegean Sea contains several rocky areas, islets and islands with yet-undetermined status. Pserimos Island, which is located between the Greek … Read more

Turkish, Greek defense chiefs stress dialogue to ease renewed tension

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met with his Greek counterpart Nikos Panagiotopoulos on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Brussels and discussed maintaining dialogue to ease recently heightened tensions, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Thursday. The ministry also said the two discussed keeping communication lines open to solve problems and that focusing on positive … Read more

NATO urges Turkey, Greece to resolve disagreements over Aegean

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday urged Turkey and Greece to resolve their disagreements over the Aegean Sea, where the two are at loggerheads over islands and airspace. “Diverse views and debate are an essential part of our democracies,” the head of the trans-Atlantic military alliance told Greek news agency ANA. But, he said, “we … Read more

‘Greece violates law by militarizing Aegean islands’

Greece is acting against international law by militarizing the Aegean islands that have a nonmilitarized status, spokesperson of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ömer Çelik said on Tuesday. “We always say that Greece is our neighbor. We have the capability and historical experience to solve our own problems at the table with … Read more

Turkey, Germany, US, UK, France agree in Berlin before NATO summit

Top officials from Turkey, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and France gathered in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming NATO leaders’ summit and regional developments. Turkey’s Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın, the German chancellor’s foreign and security policy aide Jens Plotner, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, UK national security adviser Stephen Lovegrove … Read more

21 Greek islands with non-military status armed since 1960s

While Turkey once again proved its determination to protect its rights in the Aegean Sea with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent statements, Greece has continued its provocative moves by violating international agreements on the status of islands in the region by arming a total of 21 islands with non -military status since the 1960s. Erdoğan … Read more