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Greek PM criticizes 'constant aggressive behavior' of Turkey

Jul. 05, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister said Tuesday that Russia's war in Ukraine is a “turning point” in the course of Europe, stressing that any type of outcome that could embolden aggression by other nations on the continent must be avoided. Greece, which has...

Greece formally requests to buy F-35 fighter jets from US

Jun. 30, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has sent a letter of request to the United States to buy a squadron of F-35 fighter jets, the country’s prime minister said Thursday, part of efforts to bolster its defense capabilities amid continuing tensions with neighboring Turkey. Speaking to...

Greece, Cyprus won't follow Turkey in tension-raising talk

Jun. 17, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Cyprus sought Friday to tamp down tensions with neighboring Turkey amid increasingly belligerent rhetoric from the Turkish president, insisting that the best way to counter such talk is through “calm and composed determination.” ...

Turkish, Greek defense ministers meet amid renewed tensions

Jun. 16, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense ministers of Greece and Turkey met Thursday on the sidelines of a NATO meeting amid renewed tensions between the neighboring countries and allies, Turkey’s defense ministry said. The discussion in Brussels between Turkey’s Hulusi Akar and...

Greek PM: Despite heat, tensions with Turkey have been worse

Jun. 14, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sought to reassure his compatriots late Tuesday that despite strong rhetoric from Turkey, relations are not at the low of 2020 when the neighbors' warships were shadowing each other in the eastern Mediterranean. In an...

Turkey calls on Greece to demilitarize Aegean islands

Jun. 07, 2022 09:46 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday called on Greece to withdraw its armed forces from Aegean islands, warning that his country will challenge the status of the islands if it fails to demilitarize them. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a joint news...

Cyprus labor minister dies after suffering brain aneurism

Jun. 06, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ Labor and Social Insurance Minister Zeta Emilianidou died in a hospital in the Greek capital after suffering a brain aneurism last month, the government announced late Monday. She was 68. “I’m deeply grief stricken,” Cypriot President Nicos...

Turkey breaks off high-level talks with Greece as rift grows

Jun. 01, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey will no longer hold high-level talks with neighboring Greece, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday amid rising tensions between the traditional rivals. Ankara resumed negotiations with Athens last year following a five-year break to address...

EXPLAINER: What Turkey's Erdogan could gain in NATO debate

May. 26, 2022 07:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — 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. Erdogan...

Iran summons Greek diplomat over seizing of ship's cargo

May. 25, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the chief of Greece's diplomatic mission for allegedly seizing cargo from a vessel flying the Iranian flag in Greek waters, state media reported Wednesday. The IRNA news agency reported that an Iran-flagged ship had to stop in...