Turkey rekindles tensions in eastern Mediterranean by deploying Oruc Reis

As Russia and the Minsk Group try, with relative success, to bring Armenia and Azerbaijan to the negotiating table despite Ankara's pressure on Baku to maintain the offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh , the Turkish authorities announced this morning that the mining exploration vessel Orus Reis was once again deployed in the eastern Mediterranean in an area claimed by Cyprus, naturally reigniting tensions with Nicosia and Athens after European and NATO mediation attempts, and this despite the assurances given by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, just this weekend. This deployment, which will be there…

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Turkey at the heart of a node of polymorphic crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

By misuse of language, reference is generally made to the strong tensions between Greece and Cyprus and Turkey when it comes to the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. This theater concentrates, in reality, a large number of actors, all with different objectives, and yet all in tension as a result of the out-of-control behavior of the Turkish president in the area. France, Russia, Egypt, Israel, European Union, all are today involved in a crisis which could have considerable implications. President Erdogan has indeed launched, in recent years, a series of military operations and troop movements that have led all of his neighbors, such as…

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Greek Navy lacks options to strengthen surface component

For several years, the Greek authorities have consulted extensively around the world with the aim of acquiring second-hand frigates, in order to strengthen the surface component of its combat navy. Unfortunately, all the avenues considered so far seem to be dead ends, and Athens now lacks options to deal with the Turkish military reinforcement constituting the main threat to its territorial integrity in the Aegean Sea. Between 2010 and 2013, the budget devoted to the Greek armed forces was halved, going from almost €2 billion to just over €8 billion, while at the same time, that of Turkey went from €4…

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