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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, speaks with French Defense Minister Florence Parly, during their meeting in Athens on Monday Jan. 25, 2021. Greece signed a 2.3 billion euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France Monday to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets to address tension with neighbor Turkey. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece, France sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal

Jan. 25, 2021 11:32 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece signed a 2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France on Monday to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets, as tensions remain high with neighbor Turkey. Florence Parly, the French defense minister, signed the agreement in Athens to deliver 12 used and six new aircraft built by...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a joint statement with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Tentative start to Turkey-Greece talks after year of strife

Jan. 25, 2021 9:52 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The first high-level talks aimed at reducing tensions between Turkey and Greece in five years took place behind closed doors on Monday. The summit of senior officials came after a year that saw the two NATO members come to the verge of conflict in the eastern Mediterranean — a...

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a Parliament debate in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers in Greece are set to approve legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. (Giorgos Zachos/InTime News via AP)

After vote, Greece to double reach of western coastal waters

Jan. 20, 2021 3:14 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Lawmakers in Greece Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country's territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles. In the 284-0 vote, representatives of four opposition parties backed the center-right government, while members of...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right greets Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Germany, Turkey seek better EU-Turkish ties as tensions ease

Jan. 18, 2021 11:23 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The German and Turkish top diplomats on Monday sought to boost prospects of better relations between Ankara and the European Union as Turkey and neighboring EU member Greece embark on steps to solve a long-running dispute. Germany has been trying to help ease tensions between NATO allies...

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks walk past the ancient Agora, in Athens, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Greece's prime minister says the country's retail sector might begin to gradually reopen next week, if the scientists advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic recommend it is safe to do so today. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Lockdown extended indefinitely but stores to reopen

Jan. 15, 2021 1:30 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government has extended nationwide lockdown measures indefinitely but says retail stores and malls will reopen Monday with strict entrance limits. Civil protection chief Nikos Hardalias said Friday that a nightly curfew, domestic travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally.  (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish leader eyes favorably Greek PM meet amid tensions

Jan. 15, 2021 12:43 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president indicated on Friday that he would be open to easing tensions with neighboring Greece by floating the possibility of a face-to-face meeting with the Greek prime minister following months of saber-rattling over energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkish...

Greek parliament approves plan to buy French Rafale fighters

Jan. 14, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers in a vote Thursday approved a defense procurement program to purchase 18 French-made Rafale fighter planes, part of an armaments plan announced by the government in September. Greece has earmarked 11.5 billion euros ($14 billion) for the modernization of its armed...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a news conference in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Turkey on Monday, Jan. 11 invited Greece to resume talks designed to reduce tensions between the neighbors, following this summer's dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu also extended an invitation to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, for a meeting to discuss their troubled relations.(Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey, Greece to resume talks on disputes on Jan 25

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Greece will resume talks aimed at reducing tensions between the neighbors on Jan. 25, Turkish and Greek officials announced Monday, following this summer’s dispute over maritime borders and energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The announcement came hours after...

With eye on Turkey, Greece to extend western coastal waters

Jan. 11, 2021 10:31 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Monday that it plans to extend territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a move that could impact a tense dispute with neighbor Turkey. Parliament will begin debating draft legislation this week for the extension, government spokesman...

A medical staff member of the National Health Organization (EODY) conducts a COVID-19 rapid test on a man at a drive-through testing site at Aspropyrgos suburb, west of Athens, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The western municipality of the Greek capital remains in a hard lockdown due to their heavy epidemiological burden as Greece will ramp up the speed of its coronavirus vaccination drive, the country's prime minister said Friday. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece extends lockdown past 2 months, expands vaccinations

Jan. 8, 2021 12:44 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has extended a two-month lockdown by at least one week, through Jan. 18, and announced plans Friday to increase the number of people getting COVID-19 vaccines from 5,000 per day to 8,000 per day. Restrictions the Greek government imposed in early November shut non-essential...