Category: DEFENCE

Two Turkish F-16 jets violate Greek airspace

Continuing its provocations towards Greece, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets violated Greek national airspace, Tuesday. The two aircraft flew over the island of Panagia at an altitude of 25,000 feet. The jets had infringed the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) south of the island of Chios at 11.05am.

Vitsas: We want the programme review to close as soon as possible

We want the programme review to close as soon as possible, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Monday (16/01/2017) adding that with hard effort we can bridge the gap in fiscal, labour and energy issues. In statements to SKAI TV, he said that the issue has not yet closed as a result of different […]

Chiefs of 3 Greek military branches replaced

The chiefs of the general staff of the Hellenic army, navy and air force were reportedly reshuffled on Monday morning, after a surprise meeting and subsequent decision by a high-ranking Cabinet committee, known as KYSEA in its Greek-language acronym. The committee is usually chaired by the prime minister, although no official announcement had been made […]

Greek FM responds to criticism over his role in Cyprus talks

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias attributed last week’s stalled negotiations over yet another round of negotiations for a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem to Ankara and the Turkish government. He spoke on the sidelines of an international summit on the Mideast problem, an event that took place without an official Israeli representation. Kotzias, who […]

Minister says no plans to settle Aegean islets

Deputy Shipping Minister Nektarios Santorinios says there are no plans to create infrastructure or settle people on uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea as part of the government’s plans to develop them. His comments were made in the aftermath of Turkey’s reaction to the government’s announcement last week of its intention to conduct environmental and […]

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on Friday, Ankara’s unwillingness to be constructive in the bid for a solution. “We told them clearly. When it […]

Cyprus president foresees ‘radical’ reform of island’s security

Talks on reunifying Cyprus should produce a “radical” change in the island’s security situation, which is currently guaranteed by Greece, Turkey and Britain, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told a news conference in Geneva on Friday. He was speaking the day after UN-hosted talks broke up with a promise to bring officials together next week in […]

New Turkish provocation: “Do not touch disputed Aegean islands”!

The Greek Minister of Shipping declared that Greece is working on development plans for certain uninhabited islands that have the potential to support economic activity. Apparently, Turkey thought that they get to have a say on the interior affairs of their neighboring country and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a…statement saying that Greece […]

Hellenic Army: They wouldn’t let this opportunity slip away

After helping their local community with the deal with the extreme weather conditions, the members of the 50th Mechanized Brigade took advantage of the snow-covered terrain for a realistic military drill! And they were not alone. The commandos of the 5th Raider Battalion couldn’t…resist the temptation and off they went to train as they will […]

Anastasiades says expects two sides to exchange maps on Wednesday

Speaking on the third day of reunification talks at United Nations offices in Geneva, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades said he expected that the two sides would exchange maps detailing the respective zones’ boundaries on Wednesday. “This is what the deal says,” the Cypriot President told the media as he arrived for the talks. On […]

Russian consul found dead in Athens home

Russia’s consul in Athens was found dead in his downtown apartment late Monday. The body of Andrei Malanin, 55, was discovered by a colleague from the consulate shortly before 6 p.m. at the diplomat’s home on central Irodou Attikou Street. Malanin had reportedly not gone to work earlier in the day and did not respond […]

Ankara stalls on leaders’ bilateral Cyprus meeting

The delegation of Greek diplomats that was in Ankara this week for talks to lay the groundwork for a possible bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a summit in Geneva on January 12 about Cyprus have reportedly made little headway. Analysts have interpreted the lack of […]

Cypriot President Anastasiades visits Athens on Friday

The President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades will be visiting Athens on Friday and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The Greek and Cypriot Ministers of Foreign Affairs will also be attending the meeting. The aim of the meeting will be to discuss the developments in the Cypriot dispute.

Anastasiades to visit Athens on Friday

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will visit Athens on Friday for a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ahead of the January 12 multilateral summit in Geneva, reports said Tuesday. Talks between the two leaders will be attended by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, reports said. Meanwhile, officials from […]

Energy giants to begin talks for Cyprus gas

Cyprus Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday that Italy’s ENI, France’s Total, and Qatar Petroleum with American ExxonMobil – headed by US president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson – are the energy firms that will negotiate licenses to explore for oil and gas in three blocks within the island’s exclusive […]

Greece’s foreign minister condemns attacks in Ankara, Berlin, Zurich

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday condemned three separate suspected terror attacks in Turkey, Germany and Switzerland, and called for measures to boost stability in the Middle East and North Africa. Kotzias was speaking to journalists in Cairo, where he is attending the fourth European Union-Arab League Ministerial Meeting at the Arab League headquarters […]

Two dogfights over Aegean between Greek and Turkish fighter jets

A pair of Greek F-16 fighter jets engaged in a double dogfight over the Aegean Sea, when two Turkish fighter jets violated Greek air space between the islands of Lesvos, Samos and Chios, Monday. The Turkish pilots were forced to retreat, after entering Greek air space in the morning hours of Monday, when they were […]

After Turkish provocations, EC calls on Ankara to respect member states

Turkey’s escalating rhetoric with regard to Greece’s sovereignty over islets in the eastern Aegean drew a stern response from the European Commission on Friday which called on Ankara “to respect the sovereignty of EU member-states over their sea and air space.” Speaking to reporters, European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said that the EU is urging […]

German foreign minister to visit Greece on December 4-5

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due in Greece for a two-day visit on Sunday and Monday, where among other engagements, he will inaugurate an exhibition in Thessaloniki. On Sunday, Steinmeier will be welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at 5.30 p.m. in Athens and then hold an official meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos […]