Turkey raising obstacles to dialogue

Despite the positive rhetoric emanating from the recent meeting between Greek and Turkish Defense Ministers Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Hulusi Akar in Brussels, Ankara has not backed down from its policy of exercising constant military pressure and raising diplomatic hurdles to the efforts for the launch of a dialogue between the two countries or even to improve channels of communication with Athens. 

On a diplomatic level, Ankara has insisted that a moratorium on drilling in Cyprus' continental shelf must be imposed before any progress is made on the front of Greek-Turkish relations.

On the military front, up until Thursday, Turkey had conducted 92 overflights over Greek islands since the beginning of the year. If the current rate of overflights persists, a 20-year record will be set. Last year was the worst with 124 overflights, while the figures in all previous years...

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