Category: DEFENCE

DM points to goal of ratifying latest agreement with creditors by April 16

The latest “unofficial deadline” for concluding the now utterly delayed second review of the Greek program (third bailout) was given by the controversial defense minister on Tuesday, who pointed to the April 7 Eurogroup meeting as the date for completing negotiations and ratification before Orthodox Easter, i.e. April 16. Minister Panos Kammenos, who is also […]

Turkish asylum requests on the rise

An increasing number of Turkish nationals have been finding their way to Greece since the failed coup attempt in the neighboring country and the mass purges that followed. More specifically, 236 Turks requested political asylum in Greece from last July until February. According to official data from the Asylum Service seen by Kathimerini, the rising […]

Cavusoglu: There will be “Holy Wars” in Europe soon

According to Melvut Cavusoglu there is no real difference between the political parties in the Netherlands as they all have the mentality of Geert Wilders, as he commented the results of the Dutch elections. “Where are you heading? Where are you leading Europe? You have begun to destroy it. You are dragging Europe into the […]

Kotzias says US, Greece on same page after Washington visit

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told reporters shortly before returning to Athens from a visit to Washington on Wednesday that the US will continue to support Greece in its relations with the eurozone and its demand for debt relief from its creditors. During his two-day trip to the US, Kotzias sought to highlight Greece’s value as […]

Kotzias meets Trump’s top security adviser

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias discussed the key role Greece can play to help maintain stability in a fragile geopolitical environment during a meeting with Donald Trump’s top security adviser in Washington. Speaking after a 90-minute meeting with National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster, Kotzias stressed a series of initiatives undertaken by Athens to safeguard stability […]

Kotzias and Tillerson discuss Greek energy prospects

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stressed the important role Greece can play as a pillar of stability in a volatile region and its prospects as a regional energy hub in his meeting on Monday with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington. Diplomatic sources said that Greek-Turkish relations were raised and Kotzias referred to “Turkey’s […]

Terse retort from Athens as Ankara ratchets ups rhetoric

A further escalation in provocative rhetoric by Ankara this week prompted a terse response from Athens on Thursday. “Knowing international law means, above all, respecting it and not violating it,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in an unusually brief written statement. It was issued in response to a statement by its Turkish counterpart the day […]

Spain backstabbed Greece by adopting Turkey’s claims on the Aegean!

According to the web-page “Armynow.net”, in a rather hostile and unexpected move, Spain through its Hydrographic Service, announced that the Turkish oceanographic vessel “Cesme” will conduct research on the Aegean Sea. The story is as follows: The country that has control on the Aegean Sea and the legal authority to issue any NAVTEX, is Greece. […]

Frankfurt was CIA hacking base, says Wikileaks

Wikileaks released a new batch of files associated to CIA classified documents on Tuesday. The whistleblower site also revealed that the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany acted as a “covert CIA base”, with intelligence officers receiving diplomatic passports and cover from the government. “In addition to its operations in Langley, Virginia the CIA also uses […]

Anastasiades blames Turkey for impasse in Cyprus peace talks

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has blamed Turkey for an impasse in talks to reunify the Mediterranean island which were interrupted last month in a row over a decision by Greek-Cypriot lawmakers to honor the 1950 “enosis” referendum seeking union with Greece. “The influence exercised by Ankara, either via the presence of the army or via […]

Kotzias will meet with Tillerson on March 13th

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will have a meeting with Rex Tillerson on March 13th in Washington. The meeting is a very good opportunity for Athens to express its concerns about the Turkish dangerously provocative stance of the last months and to promote its positions on a series of issues and especially […]

Black Hawk helicopters arrive in Thessaloniki for Greek-US exercise

Eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and more than 70 containers filled with equipment have arrived at the main port of Thessaloniki as part of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s nine month rotational deployment in support of the US Operation Atlantic Resolve. The helicopters are to join a joint Greek-US military training exercise. The US Ambassador […]

Turkish extreme-right party leader to Greece: Remember what happened in 1922

The leader of the extreme right Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli openly threatened Greece that if its army wanted to be thrown into the sea again, the Turkish army was ready. Commenting on the recent increasing tensions between the two countries in the Aegean Sea, Mr. Bahceli said that Turkey would respond to […]

Kotzias: Turkey should not misread our tolerance as a weakness

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Greece must be ready for any kind of provocation by Turkey. In an interview on a Skai TV show, Mr. Kotzias underlined that “we must be ready at all times, militarily, diplomatically, in our morale for any kind of incident”. He went on to say that Greece has ll […]

Cyprus spokesman says Akinci’s decision to leave meeting was pre-determined

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s decision to leave the meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday was pre-determined, the Cypriot Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulidis said on Friday. Christodoulidis said Akinci’s demeanor was clear before the meeting began when he demanded that the only issue up for discussion would be the decision by Cyprus’s Parliament […]

Turkish vessel opens fire

A Turkish military patrol boat fired shots early Friday morning in the area around the eastern Aegean island of Farmakonisi, the Greek defense ministry said. According to the ministry, Turkish authorities issued a Navtex on Thursday informing of a military exercise with live ammunition in the area east of Farmakonisi on Friday morning. But the […]

Greek pilots better than Turks, says HAF Chief of Staff

“We are simply better than the Turks”, said the Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff, Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou during a press briefing. Responding to a question on whether he feared a shift in the balance of military power over the Aegean Sea, the commander of the Hellenic Air Force promised that there […]

Report: Possible Greek interest in F-35

Greece defense ministry has reportedly commenced procedures to upgrade the Hellenic Air Force’s fleet of US-made F-16s, whereas “interest” was also cited in acquiring the cutting-edge F-35 warplane. Additionally, the Greek defense ministry also unofficial referred to the final stages of a maintenance program for the country’s Russian-made S 300 anti-aircraft missile system.

Turkish airforce violates Greek airspace 16 times

The Turkish air-force violated Greek airspace on 16 occasions and committed 2 infringements of the Athens flight information region (FIR) on Tuesday. The aggressive posture of Turkey comes after a series of recent polemic statements by Turkish politicians and sea violations near the island of Imia in the eastern Aegean Sea. Two of the total […]