Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Resounding alarm bells in the Aegean as Turkey heightens incursions

By Nikos Hasapopoulos

On 29 August the number of dogfights between Turkish and Greek warplanes reached a record level of 19.

Turkish warplanes that had violated Greece's airspace were confronted by Greek warplanes and engaged in dog fights after the Turkish planes refused to leave the Athens FIR after being chased.

Athens hits back at Erdogan

Athens on Monday sought to send a stern message to Ankara after a photograph emerged over the weekend showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of a map showing his country's territorial waters extending nearly halfway across the Aegean Sea.

Erdogan takes photograph in front of 'Blue Homeland' map

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appeared in a photograph with a map that depicts nearly half of the Aegean Sea and an area up to the eastern coast of Crete as belonging to Turkey.

The photograph is of Erdogan signing the visitors' book at the National Defense University in Istanbul, where he attended an event over the weekend.

Turkey to apply its own plan if not allowed to control Syria safe-zone: Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 31 that Turkey will put its own operation plan into effect if Turkish troops do not control a "safe zone" in northeast Syria, which it has been planning with the United States, within a few weeks.

Erdogan says eyeing Russian jets; plans to meet Trump in New York

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will ensure it is able to buy and produce fighter jets and that Russian Su-35s and Su-57s are a possible alternative to US planes.
He also said that he plans to meet US President Donald Trump next month at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in mid-September.