Turkish navtex reserves central Aegean sea areas

Turkey published on Saturday a navigational telex (navtex) reserving two sea areas between the islands of Skyros, Agios Efstratios and Lesvos for hydrographic surveys by its research vessel Cesme.

US seeking closer Greece ties to contain Turkey, analyst says

Turkey’s growing leverage as a regional power in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted the United States to strengthen ties with Greece as a means of containing Turkey, a local expert told state-run Anadolu agency in an analysis published on Friday. 

Athens keeps calm amid Ankara escalations

As Turkey intensifies its provocations, both rhetorically and with constant overflights in Greek airspace, Athens is maintaining its composure while at the same time sending out the message that there is no way it will back down from its fixed positions and its sovereign rights.

Greece sends letter to UN countering Turkish claims

The permanent representative of Greece to the United Nations delivered a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday rejecting claims contained in a letter delivered by Turkey to the same body in September 2021.

Greece informs its allies and partners; Erdogan is irked

Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed annoyance at “third parties” becoming involved in Greek-Turkish affairs. Erdogan does not want others involved in bilateral relations with Greece because his country is seen as being the strongest of the two.

What Turkey’s Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

Within a two-week span, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a stir by throwing a wrench in Sweden and Finland’s historic request to join NATO, lashing out at fellow alliance member Greece and announcing plans for a new incursion into Syria.

EU adopts firmer stance on Ankara rhetoric

The European Commission’s initial lackluster response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying that he no longer recognizes Kyriakos Mitsotakis became firmer later on Wednesday, with one high-ranking official saying that the EU demands respect for its leaders and member-states.

Greece will defend itself against revisionism, says PM

Referring to the remark by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “Mitsotakis does not exist for me,” the Greek prime minister reiterated at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday that Athens wants the channels of communication with Ankara to remain open, but hastened to add that he will defend Greece’s sovereignty.