Category: DEFENCE

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 […]

Ankara issues NOTAM over sea area south of Kasos

Turkey on Monday night issued a notice to airmen (NOTAM) concerning the sea area south of the Greek island of Kasos, hours after the country’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, claimed that the Imia islets are “Turkish land.” In its notice, Ankara called on Greece to cease all military maneuvers south of Kasos – one of […]

3 Greek fire-fighting planes return from Israel

Three Greek fire-fighting planes (CL-415) returned to Greece this week after participating in efforts to extinguish a series of wildfires that erupted in Israel over the past week. Following a request by the Israeli government, the planes first touched down on Israeli territory in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 24, while a military […]

Turkey’s main opposition leader disputes Greek sovereignty in Aegan

Following recent inflammatory statements by Turkish President Erdogan on the Treaty of Lausanne and Cyprus, the country’s main opposition leader disputed Greece’s sovereignty over 18 islets in the Aegean Sea. The head of the CHP party Kemal Kilicdaroglu once again claimed that Greece does not have sovereignty over these islets. The main opposition leader told […]

Israeli President Rivlin thanks Greek counterpart for help in wildfires

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin expressed his country’s sincere gratitude to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during a phone contact Monday, for Greece’s immediate response and contribution to Israel’s battle against the recent wildfires that plagued the country. The president of Israel praised the Greek pilots and firefighters for their high level of professionalism, while he accepted […]

Edi Rama: We lay no territorial claims against Greece

In an interview to Skai TV and journalist Alexis Papachelas, Albanian PM Edi Rama said that there was no plan for the autonomy of Chamouria, an area in Greece disputed by Albanian nationalists. The Albanian PM stressed that the idea of a “Natural Albania” derived from those who feared it, adding that such a plan […]

Kotzias: We must respect the outcome of the elections in the USA

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias underlined the need to respect the outcome of the presidential elections in the USA, during the extraordinary EU meeting called in Brussels by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Major concerns were expressed at the meeting, particularly in relation to […]

Pavlopoulos: Lausanne Treaty ‘non-negotiable’

In a statement aimed at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Saturday that the 1923 Lausanne Treaty which set the boundaries between the two countries is “non-negotiable.” “There cannot be concessions or negotiations,” he said, adding, however, that Greece, which is “a window and door” for Turkey’s EU aspirations, seeks “friendship” […]

Turkish helicopter flies above Inousses island cluster

At about 5:55 on Wednesday morning a Turkish helicopter entered the Athens FIR without submitting a flight plan and a minute later flew above the Panagia islet of the Inousses cluster, at an altitude of 1,000 feet. The helicopter left the Athens FIR at 5:58, according to the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.

Ankara to buy more fighter jets, causing unease in Athens

Ankara is to order a further 24 Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said in an interview with broadcaster A Haber on Tuesday. Turkey is expected to receive the stealth fighters in 2018. According to sources, Ankara plans to acquire 116 F-35s to replace its fleet of F-16 jets. The news has […]

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to arive in Athens

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to arrive in Athens on Tuesday, November 1 on an official visit. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a press release stating that matters included on the agenda of talks would be trade, economy, investment and energy cooperation, as well as international affairs and the EU-Russian relations. Lavrov is […]

Renzi says won’t change 2017 budget plan even if Brussels objects

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Friday (21/10/2016) he would not change his 2017 budget plan even if the European Commission says it breaches EU rules on fiscal consolidation. Renzi last week unveiled an expansionary budget ahead of a referendum on constitutional reform that may decide his political future, hiking previously agreed targets for […]

Dogfights in Aegean amid tensions with Turkey

Turkish fighter jets entered Greece’s air space Wednesday, prompting the response of two Greek aircraft, and leading to a dogfight between the two sides, the first such incident of its kind since a failed military coup in Turkey on July 15. Two Turkish F-16s violated Greek air space southeast of Rhodes and south of Kastellorizo […]

Kotzias rejects claims ministry was misled by erroneous report

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Wednesday brushed aside allegations that his ministry had been misled by unfounded media reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had called for a referendum in “Western Thrace.” In comments made to Sto Kokkino radio Wednesday, Kotzias rejected the allegations as “ludicrous,” adding that ministry officials were closely following the […]

Greek president says Erdogan rhetoric ‘undermining Lausanne Treaty’

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday said recent comments by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “undermining” the Treaty of Lausanne delineating the borders between the two countries, as well as bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey. Speaking in Edessa during a ceremony naming him an honorary citizen of the northern Greek town, Pavlopoulos […]

Greek President Slams Turkey Over Lausanne Treaty Comments from Limnos

President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that Greece and Europe with neither tolerate attempts to dispute the Lausanne Treaty nor leave them unanswered. The Greek president visited the Aegean island of Limnos on Saturday for celebrations marking the 104th anniversary of the island’s liberation from Ottoman rule in 1912. Pavlopoulos warned “our friend and neighbour Turkey” that […]

Foreign Affairs Ministry: Greece is not discussing the Cham issue

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has clarified that Greece will not be discussion the issue of Cham Albanians with Albanian authorities. The press release came in response to Albanian claims that the issue was on the table. “Greece is not discussing the ‘Cham’ issue nor is negotiating with […]

Kotzias rejects claims by Albanian counterpart

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has denied claims by his Albanian counterpart Ditmir Bushati that the two countries submitted a non-paper to the European Union that included a reference to claims by the Cham community in Albania. “The only reference in the non-paper,” Kotzias told Alpha radio on Wednesday, “was that the issue is not […]