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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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NATO cancels Ramstein Guard exercise after Greece’s withdrawal

NATO has canceled its electronic warfare exercise Ramstein Guard due to disagreements between alliance members Greece and Turkey. The exercise, which had been due to begin Monday, aimed to combine electronic technologies with Greek air and sea capabilities. “But it was called off,” Ekathimerini reports “after Ankara requested on Sunday …

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Eclat! Greece withdraws from exercise after NATO accepts Turkey’s demand

The NATO accepted the Turkish demand to exempt the island of Lemnos from an joint multinational exercise with the participation of member states of the North Atlantic alliance. This decision left Greece with no other choice than to withdraw from the NATO exercise on electronic warfare. Last year, the island …

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Trump, Tsipras to speak on the phone in coming days

Diplomats in Athens and Washington are engaged in consultations to set up a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and US President Donald Trump over the next few days. According to Kathimerini, the Greek government is attaching great significance to the conversation in its bid to get a clearer …

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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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Obama praises Greece for NATO financial commitment: If Greece can do so, so should all allies

President Barack Obama is praising Greece for its financial commitment to NATO – specifically, for being one of five NATO allies that dedicated at least 2 percent of its gross domestic product to defense spending. Obama says Greece has met that threshold despite difficult times, and if it can do …

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Russia says it has chased away a NATO submarine in the Mediterranean

The Russian Defense Ministry announced today that it has chased away a Dutch submarine belonging to NATO that was making dangerous maneuvers near Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea. The ministry said further that NATO submarines are monitor Russian warships sailing in the Mediterranean, Interfax news agency reported. Moscow has …

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NATO turns down Turkey’s request to end refugee mission in the Aegean Sea

Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik was clear: Ankara does not wish to continue the operation any longer. The European Union should finally comply with the terms of EU Turkey Deal instead. In what it seemed to be an awkward move, Turkey tried to block the continuation of the NATO mission …

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Greece to co-produce Kalashnikov rifles with Russia

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos was proud to announce a joint Greek-Russian project: the co-production of Kalashnikov riffles in a factory in Aigio in northern Peloponnese. But the manufacture will not start tomorrow. It will start as soon as the European Union ends the embargo on Russia. Only then Greece will …

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Turkey wants withdrawal of NATO Refugees Surveillance Mission in the Aegean Sea

Turkey wants the NATO fleet SNMG2 assigned to monitor the boats carrying refugees and migrants to Greece and the EU to withdraw from the eastern Aegean Sea. According to information of Greek press, Turkey sent for this purpose a relevant request to NATO headquarters in Brussels om May 13th 2016. …

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NATO SG Stoltenberg visits the Aegean Sea

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited FGS BONN, the German flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), on Thursday (21 April) as the ship continues to conduct reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance of illegal crossings in the Aegean Sea. The Secretary General thanked the crew for their important work and …

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