Aegean dispute

How to catch up with Turkey

No one believes that in Monday's meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis there will be any serious progress in the major problems that have accumulated over the last 50 years in bilateral relations.

Erdogan: Issues of sovereignty do not harm dialogue

A few hours before welcoming Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Kathimerini about all the issues pertaining to the two countries' bilateral relations: The old differences, such as the delimitation of the continental shelf and the Libya Government of National Accord (GNA) - Turkey maritime deal, as well as about the new ones that h

Ankara’s ‘paper war’ maintains tension

Overflights by Turkish fighters over Greek airspace, a lasting major source of tension between the two nominal allies, may have virtually ceased over the past six months, but this has not lulled Greek officials into believing that Turkey has abandoned its disputing of Greek sovereignty over large parts of the Aegean.

Is Turkey itching for tension? Officials fear so

The Foreign Ministry opted for a mild response Wednesday to Turkish allegations that Greece is undermining the climate of relatively good relations, but officials increasingly believe that the Turkish government, partly due to domestic political pressure, may opt, at a time of its own choosing, to return to the period of high tension that prevailed from 2020 to 2023.

Buying time with talks

The local elections in Turkey - which did not go very well at all for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - provided a momentary escape from the grim domestic quagmire Greece is sinking into, with no end yet in sight of the present crisis.

Erdogan’s comments on Cyprus a blatant distortion of the historical truth, say sources

Greek diplomatic sources have reacted to remarks made by the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding Cyprus.

In a speech he delivered to Turkish military personnel at a dinner Monday, Erdogan not only defended the Turkish invasion of Cyprus but went even further by arguing that if Turkish forces had moved further south in 1974, then Cyprus might be all Turkish today.