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Jun 20 2021

Turkey’s Secret Plan To Invade Greece And Armenia

Support SouthFront Illustrative image A plan for a simultaneous Turkish invasion of both Greece and Armenia was prepared by Turkey, according to the secret documents of the Turkish General Staff. According to these documents, the plan called “CERBE” was prepared in 2014 and updated in 2016. According to the Nordic Monitor, “Turkey was inspired by the name of its secret war plans for the eastern Mediterranean, from a significant victory Ottoman naval machine against a fleet of Christian alliance that strengthened Turkish rule in the Mediterranean.” Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size …

Jun 1 2021

On The Hunt For Gas: Tel Aviv And Athens VS Ankara

Support SouthFront Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) shakes hands with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu Written by Piero Messina Tel Aviv wants to change the face of the Mediterranean leadership and does so by aiming for control of the Eastern Mediterranean. The instrument of the Israeli government is the gas quadrumvirate, the Eastmed project with its other three geostrategic pillars Egypt, Cyprus and Greece also in order to change the face of the Mediterranean leadership. Thanks to that network of pipelines, it is the first time that Israel has created a physical link with Western Europe. But the project extends …

May 30 2021

On The Hunt For Gas. War Drums In The Western Mediterranean

Support SouthFront Greek Energy and Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Cyprus Giorgos Lakkotrypis and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz signed in Athens the intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the EastMed gas pipeline in December 2020 Written by Piero Messina  The waters of the eastern Mediterranean have become the scene of a low-intensity war. The goal is to control the energy resources that extend into the seabed from the coast of Greece to Israel. The maritime area of the eastern Mediterranean is one of the main areas of energy interest. In 2009, …

Apr 23 2021

Israel Takes Part In Greek Military Exercise, Signs Defense Procurement Deal

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On April 20th, Israeli and UAE fighter jets took part in a joint military exercise hosted by Greece. This is not the first time that Israeli and Emirati pilots have flown with one another, they both participated in a similar Greek-led exercise in 2017 and an American drill in 2016. Seven countries joined Greece in its Iniohos exercise this year: Cyprus, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, France, the United States, Spain and Canada. The exercise kicked off on Sunday and was scheduled to last through April 23rd. According to the Israeli Air Force, …

Feb 23 2021

Turkey Claims Its Research Vessel Was Harassed By Greek Fighter Jets While Carrying Out Illegal Survey Work

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 23rd, Ankara complained that four Greek F-16 fighter jets harassed the Turkish TCG Çeşme research vessel. The vessel is conducting allegedly illegal research in the Aegean Sea, condemned by Greece, Cyprus and others. TCG Çeşme is attempting to carry out research in the Aegean Sea after a NAVTEX, the international maritime navigational telex/notification system, was issued by the coastal station of Smyrna (Izmir in Turkish). Greece said that the Smyrna-based NAVTEX notification is an illegal act since Turkey has no authority to issue a NAVTEX to seafarers for hydrographic work in this …

Jul 24 2020

Ripple Effects: Greece And Turkey Open New Northern Front On Libyan Conflict

Donate Turkey’s claimed maritime zone clashes with those of all of its neighbours on the Mediterranean Greece’s navy has declared a state of heightened alert and deployed ships to the Aegean Sea in response to a Turkish vessel conducting seismic surveys for energy exploration purposes close to a disputed maritime area. On Tuesday the Greek foreign ministry issued a formal protest to Turkey following the announcement that a Turkish drilling ship would conduct explorations in the maritime area south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo in the south eastern Aegean. The foreign ministry also released a statement: “We call on Turkey to immediately cease …

Jun 5 2020

Greece Says Prepared For “Any Challenge” From Turkey

Donate Click to see full-size image On June 3rd, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that Greece “will face all challenges with consistency, stability, confidence and always with a commitment to international law, as it always does” when it comes to Turkey. Speaking during a meeting with President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, he said that Greece is not contributing to the tension with Turkey and expressed certainty that “we will have the full support of the European Union. Sakellaropoulou said that Turkey “continues to create tensions, challenging any notion of good-neighborliness and our sovereign rights.” She said Greece will always protect its …

May 25 2020

Greece Accuses Turkey Of Seizing Border Territory, Since Evros Riverbed Changed

Donate Click to see full-size image On May 13th, Greece accused Turkey of seizing border territory, and allegedly attempted land-leveling activities along the Evros River. The Turkish Foreign ministry said it would not allow “fait accompli,” meaning that whatever has happened is already in the past, and there is no way to change it, but simply accept it. “In spite of our warnings and proposals of cooperation, Greece initiated land-leveling activities on May 13, 2020, and violated our contractual land border. This violation was immediately intercepted by our relevant authorities through the necessary measures,” the Foreign Ministry said in a …

Apr 28 2020

Tensions Between Migrant Groups Lead To Fires In Greek Camp

Donate Click to see full-size image On April 26th and 27th, two fires broke out at the Vathy migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos. As a result of the fires, one of which took place on the evening of April 26th and one in the early hours of April 27th, “around 200 people have been left homeless,” Migration Ministry Secretary Manos Logothetis told AFP. A fire broke out in #Vathy camp, #Samos an hour ago leaving around 100 people without shelter. MSF teams are close to the camp & ready to offer medical care & psychological support to …

Apr 20 2020

Migrant Riots On Greece’s Chios Island After Iraqi Woman’s Death

Donate Click to see full-size image Riots on the Greek Chios island took place on the evening of April 18th, after a 47-year-old Iraqi woman died of an unknown disease in the migrant camp. The unrest led to a fire at the Vial refugee camp on Chios island and destroyed the facilities of the European asylum service, a canteen, warehouse tents and many housing containers, Greek migration ministry secretary Manos Logothetis said. “A large part of the camp’s administrative services was destroyed,” said Logothetis, adding that no injuries were reported. The UN refugee agency’s spokesperson in Athens, Boris Cheshirkov, said …

Apr 14 2020

Guided By Turkey, Albania Plans To Take In 30,000 Syrian Refugees: Reports

Donate Click to see full-size image Albania plans to take up to 30,000 Syrian refugees, according to local media reports.  As per the claims, 4 institutions: Civil Emergencies, State Police, Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and the Ministry of Defense, will cooperate to establish 6 reception centers, in the south, near the border with Greece. This relates to a recent defense cooperation deal signed between Tirana and Ankara. According to reports, there is an agreement between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to relocate 30,000 refugees and illegal immigrants from Turkey to Albania in …

Mar 27 2020

Migrant Tents Burned At Greek-Turkish Border In Apparent Withdrawal

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 27th, Greek authorities believe Turkish authorities are starting to evacuate the migrants sent to the border in the northeastern Evros region to try to cross into Europe, Greek outlet Ekathimerini reported. Migrants appear to be evacuating Evros region https://t.co/f5AECC45ZP pic.twitter.com/WCf80XbL03 — Kathimerini English Edition (@ekathimerini) March 27, 2020 There was also a video, purportedly showing Turkish forces burning migrant tents at the Greek-Turkish border. According to Greek media, however, shortly after midnight on March 26th, migrants who were camping out on the Turkish side of the fence collected their tents and other …

Mar 23 2020

Migrant Standoff Ramps Up As Greece Locks Down Against COVID-19

Donate Click to see full-size image The migrant standoff at the Greek-Turkish border has been steadily escalating, once again, from March 19th onwards. The Turkish forces, once again, began using tear gas against the Greek border guard. Clashes between migrants and Greek border guards also took place. Meanwhile in #Evros and the #migration front tensions continueVideo obtained by #Greece’s authorities from earlier today showing chemicals launched from the Turkish side landing near Greek forces pic.twitter.com/VLkT7vwfyh — Nektaria Stamouli (@nstamouli) March 22, 2020 Turkey launched massive attack with tear gas against #Greece at the #greekborders #IStandWithGreece #Evros #ΕΒΡΟΣ #Greece_under_attack pic.twitter.com/tQW3Uo68SX — …

Mar 19 2020

In Video: Turkish-sent Illegal Migrants Use Little Girl As Human Shield Against Greek Police

Donate A screenshot from the video Turkish state media outlets are crying foul about the ‘violence’ against peaceful migrants that Turkey sends to Greece via the border. Here you can find a little insight into the behaviour of these migrants during clashes with Greek Police. Meanwhile, on the Turkish-Greek border: MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Mar 11 2020

Reports Of Greek Migrant “Black Site” As Erdogan Pushes Athens To “Open The Gates”

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 10th, the New York Times reported that Greece had an alleged “black site” where it kept illegal migrants. The entire report is based on the testimony of several migrants. The other evidence that it exists is that, on March 6th, three NYT journalists were stopped at a roadblock near the site by uniformed police officers and masked special forces officers. The site’s existence was also later confirmed by Respond, a Sweden-based research group. A screenshot of a map by the NYT shows the “black site” below. Greece’s black site, as a result …

Mar 9 2020

Migrant Standoff Continues As Turkish State Media Fakes Video Of Shooting At Migrants By Greek Police

Donate Click to see full-size image In an attempt to stir a bit more controversy, Turkish media outlet TRT World published a video of its reporter Semir Sejvofic having to take cover as Greek police allegedly opened fire on the migrants at the border. “So they’ve seen the camera and they are shooting at us.” Here is the moment TRT World’s Semir Sejvofic takes cover as Greek police open fire at refugees at the Turkey-Greece border pic.twitter.com/WqaZCMJexJ — TRT World (@trtworld) March 7, 2020 In the first several seconds of the video, one can make out that the reporter has, …

Mar 8 2020

Turkish Armored Vehicle Attempted To Pull Down Greek Border Fence

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 6th, a video was shared on social media showing Turkish security forces use an armored vehicle, with a rope to pull down the fence at the Greek border and allow migrants to pass. The vehicle, according to Greek media is one of the “HIZIR / ATES” type vehicles with daytime and nighttime border surveillance vehicles, which Turkey received from May to August 2019, financed by a program for which 75% were paid for the EU. Furthermore, Turkish special police operations units were shown pointing their high-powered rifles at the Greek border patrol …

Mar 7 2020

“Peaceful” Migrants Set Greek Border Fence On Fire, While Speaking Perfect Turkish And Having Guns

Donate Click to see full-size image The migrant crisis along the Greek-Turkish border appears to be exacerbating, and mostly due to Ankara’s rhetoric and presumed actions. A video surfaced, purportedly showing migrants, who speak perfect Turkish, and also are armed. Amazingly the migrants have guns and speak Turkish perfectly.#Greecepic.twitter.com/OrGbIHXeDo — M.LNA (@LNA2019M) March 6, 2020 The migrants are attempting to set the border fence on fire and are then throwing stones at the fire truck that’s putting it out. These are the so called refugees that want to go to Europe. They set the border fence on fire and then …