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Did Turkish Coast Guard prohibit Greek Defense Minister from approaching Imia?

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammos sailed to the islet of Imia on Sunday to pay respect to the three Greek pilots lost their lives when an Augusta Bell Helicopter fell into the sea during the Imia conflict on 28 Janaurary 1996. Officials pictures  and videos released by the defense Ministry …

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Kammenos calls for a Referendum on Macedonia name dispute

Leader of conservative right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) and Tsipras’ junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos calls for a referendum on Macedonia name dispute while the government is holding negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). In an op-ed article publish on newspaper Kyriakatirki Dimokratia, Kammenos said “the Greek people …

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PM Tsipras determined to solve name dispute with FYROM, but partner Kammenos has reservations

As efforts intensify to resolve the decades-long name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Tsipras coalition partner and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, dampened expectations. He said that he would never back a solution including the word “Macedonia” thus revealing cracks in the coalition government. The …

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Defense Minister Kammenos contradicts Trump on F-16 cost

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos contradicted Us President Donald Trump about the cost for the upgrade of F-16. He clarified that the 2.4 billion USD – as Trump claimed – are not for the upgrade of F-16 only. Η οροφή για την αναβάθμιση των F-16 από τον προϋπολογισμό είναι 1,1δις …

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Oldest member of Greece’s National Guard is 92 years old

The oldest member of the Greek National Guard is 92 years old and lives on the island of Rhodes. His name is Zisimos Brantis. He met Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, during the Military Drill “Parmenion 2017”. “In 1974, I was at the fort waiting but unfortunately no Turk came …

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“Hellas Gold is fraud and money laundering”: Minister Kammenos escalates dispute with Eldorado Gold

The crisis between the Greek government Canadian mining Eldorado Gold and its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold moved to a new level of escalation on Thursday, when the junior partner of the coalition government accused the Greek subsidiary of  “fraud” and “money laundering.” The claims came from other than the leader …

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Greek Defense Minister under fire for alleged contact with convict

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos and consequently the SYRIZA-led coalition government have come under fire following media reports that the minister had contacts with a convict in the drug-smuggling case known as Noor 1.  Opposition parties claim “the minister tried to intervene in the work of justice.” Media claim the …

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US Mattis congratulates Greece Kammenos for Defense Spending

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon on Saturday during a short visit in the US. The two ministers  discussed security and defense issues of mutual concern, a  variety of topics, including trans-Mediterranean migration; terrorism; and instability in the Balkans, Northern Africa and …

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When Turkey urges ‘dialogue’ with Greece, Ankara has nothing good in mind

Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Işık called on Greece to solve the problems between the two neighbors through dialogue amid escalating tensions between the two NATO allies. Işık said the neighboring countries should work together to solve their problems. But what are the problems between the two countries, what kind of …

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Turkey’s PM disputes Greece’s sovereignty over 130 islets and rocks in the Aegean

Turkey’s appetite for expansion has not been satisfied with the massive airspace violations, the provocative visit of its top brass at Imia islet and the challenging statements. Now Prime Minister Binali Yildirim wants 130 islets and rocks i the Aegean Sea. Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Yildirim said that there …

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Defense Minister surprisingly replaces Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Forces

In a surprise move the highest council KYSEA conveyed to change the chiefs of Greece’s Armed Forces on Monday morning. The head of Land Forces, Navy and Air Force were sent to retirement and new generals were appointed. Media describe the decision as “hasty” and puzzle over the reasons for …

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Obama in Athens airport and the vicious red carpet

US President Barack Obama arrived in Athens. He was welcomed at the airport by Defense Minister and junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos. The welcome ceremony was incredible short: just a handshake with Kammenos… and there he got in the car and left the airport for the hotel Astir in Kavouri. …

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