Articles | Vassilis Nedos | authors | ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini en null null Wed, 26 Aug 2020 02:51:41 GMT 2020-08-26T02:51:41Z en null null ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini http://www.ekathimerini Greece, Turkey heading for new crisis http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-turkey-heading-for-new-crisis

Just when it seemed that Greece and Turkey were entering a phase of de-escalation, the two countries appeared on Monday to be heading for another crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Tue, 25 Aug 2020 05:26:14 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/greece-turkey-heading-for-new-crisis 2020-08-25T05:26:14Z
Ankara issues new Navtex for sea area south of Crete http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ankara-issues-new-navtex-for-sea-area-south-of-crete

Turkish authorities on Monday issued a navigational telex reserving an area of the sea south of the Greek island of Crete for a few hours on Tuesday.

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:02:25 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ankara-issues-new-navtex-for-sea-area-south-of-crete 2020-08-24T15:02:25Z
German mediation to continue with Maas visit http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-mediation-to-continue-with-maas-visit

Germany’s mediatory effort between Athens and Ankara will continue this Tuesday with visits to Athens and Ankara by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for contacts with his counterparts, in an effort to start anew the discussions between the two sides.

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 08:32:25 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/german-mediation-to-continue-with-maas-visit 2020-08-24T08:32:25Z
Athens responds to Ankara with own Navtex http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-responds-to-ankara-with-own-navtex

Athens on Monday issued a Navtex, an advisory to ships including coordinates, that its air and naval forces would conduct joint exercises in an area that overlaps with the one reserved by Ankara in a similar advisory issued on Sunday.

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 06:36:24 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-responds-to-ankara-with-own-navtex 2020-08-24T06:36:24Z
Athens draws red line on sea surveys http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-draws-red-line-on-sea-surveys

Amid a new diplomatic effort, led by Berlin, to diffuse tension between Greece and Turkey, Athens has made it clear that the prospect of Ankara announcing exploratory activities in areas south or east of Crete that are designated in the Turkey-Libya memorandum is a red line that it will not allow to be crossed.

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 05:14:23 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-draws-red-line-on-sea-surveys 2020-08-24T05:14:23Z
Berlin mediating again to restart Greek-Turkish talks http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/berlin-mediating-again-to-restart-greek-turkish-talks

Diplomatic efforts are already under by Berlin to convince Athens and Ankara to restart the stalled exploratory negotiations on bilateral issues which froze after Greece signed a maritime border deal with Egypt, angering Turkey.

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:05:08 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/berlin-mediating-again-to-restart-greek-turkish-talks 2020-08-21T13:05:08Z
Four Emirati F-16s to arrive in Souda Air Base http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/four-emirati-f-16s-to-arrive-in-souda-air-base

Four F-16 fighter jets of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be delployed at the Souda Air Base in Crete in the next few hours, following Thursday’s call between the head of the Greek Armed Forces and his Emirati counterpart.

Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:24:36 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/four-emirati-f-16s-to-arrive-in-souda-air-base 2020-08-21T09:24:36Z
After collision, Athens plans next steps http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/after-collision-athens-plans-next-steps

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos on Tuesday congratulated the captain of the Greek frigate Limnos that accidentally collided with a Turkish ship during a standoff in the Eastern Mediterranean last week and indicated that Greece is prepared to hold talks with Turkey on the condition that it withdraws its warships and seismic research vessels from the area of the Greek continental shelf. 

Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:40:42 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/after-collision-athens-plans-next-steps 2020-08-19T07:40:42Z
Exploratory contacts with a deadline http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/exploratory-contacts-with-a-deadline

In the wake of last month’s dangerous escalation of tension between Greece and Turkey, the two countries have laid the groundwork for exploratory contacts on the terms and conditions of a possible resumption of a dialogue, with Berlin having played a pivotal role in the rapprochement. 

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:34 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/exploratory-contacts-with-a-deadline 2020-08-03T07:00:34Z
Turkish ship off Cyprus brings fresh tension http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkish-ship-off-cyprus-brings-fresh-tension

The mission of the Turkish research ship Barbaros in the Cypriot continental shelf has come to further complicate matters between Athens and Ankara, just days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the suspension of activities of another vessel, the Oruc Reis, in the Greek continental shelf in light of a pending “unconditional” dialogue.

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:13:15 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkish-ship-off-cyprus-brings-fresh-tension 2020-07-31T08:13:15Z
Turkey’s halt of activities welcomed http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkeys-halt-of-activities-welcomed

The announcement on Tuesday by Turkey that it will suspend research for oil and gas in the Eastern Mediterranean in an area located within the Greek continental shelf, pending talks with Greece, was seen as result of ongoing trilateral contacts between Berlin, Athens and Ankara.

Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:06:39 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkeys-halt-of-activities-welcomed 2020-07-29T06:06:39Z
Tension de-escalates but Greece remains vigilant http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/tension-de-escalates-but-greece-remains-vigilant

Greece said on Monday that Turkish navy ships have left the area off the southeast Aegean island of Kastellorizo where Ankara disputes Greek jurisdiction over oil-and-gas drilling rights.

Tue, 28 Jul 2020 07:12:48 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/tension-de-escalates-but-greece-remains-vigilant 2020-07-28T07:12:48Z
Three-way, high-stakes push under way http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/three-way-high-stakes-push-under-way

In the run-up to August 2 – when the Navtex issued by Turkey reserving areas for seismic surveys in the Greek continental shelf expires – Athens, Ankara and Berlin have embarked on a high-stakes diplomatic push with an uncertain outcome. 

Sun, 26 Jul 2020 18:35:21 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/three-way-high-stakes-push-under-way 2020-07-26T18:35:21Z
De-escalation in the Aegean? http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/de-escalation-in-the-aegean

The situation in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean appears to be de-escalating, as Turkish warships are returning to their bases.

Sat, 25 Jul 2020 17:36:28 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/de-escalation-in-the-aegean 2020-07-25T17:36:28Z
Stern warning issued to Turkish vessel http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/stern-warning-issued-to-turkish-vessel

Amid heightened tensions, Greek military sources have told Kathimerini that if cables of the Turkish Oruc Reis seismic research vessel touch the Greek continental shelf, Turkey will have the “complete and exclusive” responsibility for what will follow.

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 05:19:49 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/stern-warning-issued-to-turkish-vessel 2020-07-24T05:19:49Z
Turkey tensions spark diplomatic frenzy http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-tensions-spark-diplomatic-frenzy

The tension following Turkey’s announcement that it plans to conduct seismic research in parts of the Greek continental shelf and the military mobilization that this triggered in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, prompted the intervention of Berlin, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel telephoning Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as early as Tuesday night, calling for a de-escalation.

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 05:24:38 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-tensions-spark-diplomatic-frenzy 2020-07-23T05:24:38Z
Turkey escalation places Greece on alert http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-escalation-places-greece-on-alert

Greece has been placed on high alert in response to Turkey’s move to issue a Navtex reserving a large part of the Greek continental shelf south of the island of Kastellorizo for seismic surveys. Turkey’s plan is seen in Athens as a dangerous escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Wed, 22 Jul 2020 04:54:31 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/turkey-escalation-places-greece-on-alert 2020-07-22T04:54:31Z
Armed forces on alert over Turkish exploration off Kastellorizo http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/armed-forces-on-alert-over-turkish-exploration-off-kastellorizo

The Antalya Navtex station on Tuesday announced plans for a Turkish seismic survey south and east of the Greek island of Kastellorizo from July 21-August 2.

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 11:31:03 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/armed-forces-on-alert-over-turkish-exploration-off-kastellorizo 2020-07-21T11:31:03Z
Ankara lays out its talks agenda http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ankara-lays-out-its-talks-agenda

The tripartite meeting between representatives of the government of Greece, Turkey and Germany in Berlin last week was a result of the phone conversation in late June between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

Tue, 21 Jul 2020 11:30:30 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/ankara-lays-out-its-talks-agenda 2020-07-21T11:30:30Z
Athens braces for tensions in East Med http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-braces-for-tensions-in-east-med

With Turkey’s behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean becoming increasingly provocative, Greece is bracing for a possible scaling up of tensions, possibly even during the summer, amid fears that Turkish officials will make good on threats to launch hydrocarbon explorations off the Greek islands of Crete or Kastellorizo.

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 04:52:50 GMT http://www.ekathimerini daily/news/athens-braces-for-tensions-in-east-med 2020-07-20T04:52:50Z