Category: DEFENCE

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 […]

The subject matter expert’s conference on the Cyprus dispute starts today

The subject matter experts of the Republic of Cyprus, the Turkish-Cypriot community, Greece, Turkey, UK and the UN will measure the distance between them on Mont Pelerin, Switzerland. The conference does not aim to solve the problems regarding these issues, but to prepare the ground for the political negotiations that are planned to follow. The […]

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 […]