Greece–Turkey relations

A window for rapprochement

The bilateral relationship between Greece and Turkey after the massive February 6 tremors appears to indicate that so-called earthquake diplomacy has successfully brought the two countries closer together. Turkish officials have ceased making provocative statements and fighter jets no longer violate Greek airspace on a daily basis.

Erdogan continues charm offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's choice to repeat a congratulatory telegram on the national holiday of March 25, two years after a similar move on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Greek independence in 2021, is seen to reflect Ankara's intention to continue on a low-key path and open channels of communication with Athens. 

Greece’s defense doctrine 27 years after the Imia crisis

27 years ago the Imia crisis brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war. Almost three decades later, a lot has changed in terms of Greece's defense doctrine. Today, as Turkey's President Erdogan brings tensions in the Aegean to a boiling point, the lessons from this crisis are more important than ever.

A ‘sacrifice that could have been avoided’

It's 1996 and Greece is on a collision course with Turkey over a cluster of islets in the eastern Aegean. Twenty-seven years later, one of the protagonists of the Imia crisis, the regular commander of the area and captain of the Navarinon frigate, retired vice admiral Ioannis Lioulis, speaks about events that have never been made public before, in an exclusive interview with Kathimerini.