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US Secretary of State Blinken speaks with Greek counterpart Dendias

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias on Monday, the first contacts since Blinken assumed office. I a statement, the State Department said that Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Dendias emphasized their commitment to further strengthening U.S.-Greece bilateral relations, including …

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Turkey “denies” overflight permit to aircraft with Greek FM flying Baghdad-Athens

Turkey delayed to grant overflight permission to the Greek government airplane carrying Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias from Baghdad to Athens and kept the aircraft in the air circulating for an additional 20 minutes over the Iraqi-Turkish borders on Wednesday night. According to media reports, the airplane requested clearance from Turkish …

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Coronavirus: Greece’s Foreign Ministry hoists Italian flag in symbolic solidarity

In a symbolic move of solidarity with the Italian people hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the Greek Foreign Ministry raised the Italian flag at the central building in Athens. Present at the ceremony on Friday morning was Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Italian Ambassador to Greece Efisio Luigi Marras and …

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Mayors engaging in diplomacy is a great boon for many Greek cities

Mayors engaging in diplomacy and foreign missions is proving to be great boon for many municipalities in Greece. Cities in border regions in Greece have been engaging in diplomacy and foreign missions for years. While local authorities are of course not entitled to the right of conducting any foreign policy, …

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Greek FM summons Turkey’s Ambassador over mass migrants’ arrivals

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias summoned the Turkish ambassador to Athens in order to express Greece’s deep dissatisfaction over the increased influx of migrants from Turkey, that culminated with the unprecedented mass arrivals of more than 500 people on the island of Lesvos on Thursday. Citing diplomatic sources, state broadcaster ERT …

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Greece is pillar of stability in East Med and the Balkans, says Pompeo

Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, made his first official trip to …Washington for a meeting with US counterpart Mike Pompeo. Dendias invited Pompeo to visit Athens in the autumn for the second Strategic Dialogue between Greece and the US, an invitation the US saw positively was likely to be …

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The more Turkey is economically cornered, the ruder its “diplomacy” becomes

The inauguration of the renovated Greek Consulate in the coastal city of Izmir was anything but a well prepared show by Turkey to challenge Greece. Not only did they stage a “show of power” with Turkish aircraft; the chief of Turkish diplomacy dared challenged Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias who …

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FM Kotzias: Chicken-hearted diplomacy is for the coop, not for foreign policy

“The time when being chicken-hearted was considered diplomacy is over. This is diplomacy for the coop not for the foreign police,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in an interview on Sunday. His message was clear and was defending the latest policy of eternal ally Russia and the expulsion of …

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FYROM PM Zaev announces first steps towards Macedonia name solution

A high level meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his counterpart from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos showed that both sides are keen to finally solve the name dispute. In the joint press conference that …

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“Unacceptable” says Turkey angry about Greece-Cyprus-Jordan energy deal

Turkey got angry over the energy deal signed among Greece, Cyrpus and Jordan. And had its mouthpiece, the occupied territories of Northern Cyprus slam the agreement as “unacceptable” claiming  it “ignores the Turkish Cypriots’ essential rights.” Of course, ever since the military invention on Cyprus by Turkish troops in July …

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Spanish embassy says his statements on Greece on Catalonia were “misinterpreted”

The Spanish embassy in Athens said on Tuesday it is “grateful” for comments made by Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos and the country’s foreign ministry over the weekend in response to the Catalonia vote in favour of independence. In a statement the Spanish embassy said it “regretted that the ambassador’s comments …

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Diplomatic sources dismiss FT report ‘Greece had blocked sanctions against Venezuela’

Greek diplomatic sources categorically denied for a second time on Friday a Financial Times report which claimed that Greece had blocked calls for sanctions against Venezuela after diplomatic talks in Brussels. According to the sources, the report contains “false information that creates false impressions and distorts the truth”, adding that …

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Greece takes over Egypt’s diplomatic representation in Doha

The Greek embassy in Doha will take over the diplomatic representation of Egypt after the country cut ties with Qatar. Greece responded positive to a relevant request by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry, the Foreign Ministry in Athens said in a statement on Monday. Greece is at the disposal …

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