Ex-defense minister Yiannos Papantoniou, who had been accused of taking kickbacks for the 2003 contract to secure the purchase of six Hellenic Navy frigates, was summoned on Monday to provide further testimony.


A total of seven countries will take part in this year’s Iniochos 2021 aeronautical exercise which will be coordinated by the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) over the entirety of the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) with the active participation of the Hellenic Navy.

In this photo provided by the Hellenic Coast Guard and taken from a vessel shows a dinghy with migrants, left, with Turkish ships in the background, in the narrow stretch of water between the eastern Greek island of Lesvos and the Turkish coast on Friday. [Hellenic Coast Guard via AP]

Just a few days before the planned visit by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to Turkey, τhe neighboring country’s Energy Minister Fatih Donmez announced on Friday that drilling rigs and survey ships will “soon” return to the Eastern Mediterranean.


Kathimerini has confirmed that a Turkish coast guard vessel crashed twice into a Greek port authority patrol boat six days ago.


Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos briefed his US counterpart Lloyd Austin Thursday about Turkey’s behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean in 2020. 

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Indicative of the atmosphere of suspicion that still pervades Greek-Turkish relations, Athens on Wednesday urged Ankara to dial down the tension in order to enable the visit there scheduled for April 14 by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias for talks with his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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A pair of Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over the Makronisi and Anthropofagoi islets in the eastern Aegean on Wednesday, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) said.