Category: DEFENCE

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 […]

Turkey accuses Greek PM of going back on his word over servicemen

Turkey insisted Monday that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went back on a promise he made to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extradite eight servicemen that fled to Greece after the botched coup attempt in Turkey in July. “Not only did he not keep his promise, but, at the same time, he deceived us and […]

Army sergeant, 40, found dead in apparent suicide

A 40-year-old army sergeant was fatally injured when his service rifle went off shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday at his base in Nea Santa, in the northern prefecture of Kilkis, according to an announcement by the Hellenic Army. The 40-year-old sergeant had been on sentry duty when the incident occurred, according to the announcement […]

Vandalism of consulate in Komotini fuels fears of further strains on ties

Police in northern Greece have boosted security at the Turkish Consulate in northern Greece after a group of around 30 anti-establishment protesters vandalized the building on Sunday night. The alleged vandals threw paint at the building and shouted out slogans in support of the DHKP/C, a left-wing organization that Turkey, the European Union and Washington […]

Leading candidate for US envoy to EU: ‘Strong reason for Greece moving away from euro’

US President Donald Trump’s choice for America’s ambassador to the European Union told Bloomberg over the weekend that there’s a “very strong reason for Greece moving away from the euro”. Well-known academic and business consultant Ted Mallock added that although he’s not “privy” to the IMF’s view on the Greek program, he has had discussion […]

Turkey ratchets up tensions

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s barrage of Turkish air space violations, believed to be in response to Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’s helicopter flight over the Imia islets in the southeastern Aegean earlier in the day, Ankara ratcheted up the rhetoric on Thursday, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu suggesting that both countries were close to the […]

Turkish Foreign Minister blasts Greek Defence Minister over Imia

Turkish Minister on Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos to “come to his senses” over the Imia isles, following the latter’s statements that Imia “was Greek territory and a visit to the region by any Greek citizen was similar to taking a stroll in his house.” In an provocative interview to […]

Two more Turkish fighter jets fly over Imia

Following a flurry of activity over the eastern Aegean islets of Imia by the Turkish air force Wednesday morning after the Greek Defence Minister threw a wreath in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Imia crisis resulting in the death of three air force officers, two more F-16 fighter jets passed over the region […]

Greek Defence Minister Kammenos throws wreath over Imia islands

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos flew over eastern Aegean Sea and threw a wreath over the rocky islets of Imia in honour of the three Greek navy officers Christodoulos Karathanasis, Panagiotis Vlahakos and Ektoras Gialopsos who fell on January 31 1996 during the 2-day crisis between Turkey and Greece 21 years ago. The Defence Minister […]

Challenging the Lausanne Treaty is like challenging the EU borders, President Pavlopoulos says

Challenging the Lausanne Treaty is like challenging the borders of Greece and the European Union, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said in Lisbon. Pavlopoulos who is paying an official visit to Portugal made these statements at the official dinner hosted on his honour by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. “As for our relations with Turkey […]

Turkey ups ante, Greece avoids escalating tension

The government is treading carefully, aiming not to further escalate tensions with Ankara after a Turkish gunboat carrying Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar sailed into Greek waters and around the Imia islets on Sunday. The Turkish Yeni Safak conservative daily, known for its hardline support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, later released images and […]

Administrative court hearing Turkish servicemen’s release request

An administrative court in Athens on Monday was hearing a request for release by eight Turkish servicemen accused by Ankara of taking part in last summer’s failed coup. Their appeal comes after the Aliens’ Department of central police headquarters (GADA) in Athens extended their incarceration at the facility’s jail by three months, citing public safety […]

Athens on high alert after Turkish Imia provocation

The Greek government is monitoring the escalation of Turkish provocations with great concern, following the violation of sea waters at the isles of Imia by the Turkish navy, Sunday. The president of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos warned Turkey to respect history, friendship and neighbourly relations in a statement during his official visit to Portugal. […]

Cyprus leaders to meet on Thursday in Nicosia

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet this coming Thursday in Nicosia to process and assess the results of the meetings held in Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday of technical teams of the main parties involved in the United Nations-backed efforts to reunify the island. Anastasiades said that the political discussion […]

Turkish jets continue to violate Greek air space

Three Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space in the central and northeastern Aegean four times on Tuesday. The jets, two of which were flying in formation and the third separately, entered the Athens Flight Information Region at around 11.30 a.m., flying over the islet of Panagia at an altitude of 25,000 feet. Two of […]