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NATO Mission with 4 frigates & 1 supply vessel informally launched in the Aegean

“The NATO ships have already started informal patrols in the Aegean,” Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos told the media on Tuesday morning short before he left Athens on a Chinook helicopter in order to festively inaugurate four hot spots on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros and Samos. According to …

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Hearts & Hugs: Eurogroup loves …Greece! What happened?

I have no idea whether these warm Eurogroup feelings towards Greece have something to do with the upcoming Valentine. Most probably not. But Dijsselbloem & Co had rather some praise for Greece and not the usual sour expressions in their faces. Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem upon arriving: “The Greek program …

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Tsipras calls Merkel: YES to NATO provided it operates within Turkish territorial waters only

German Chancellor Angela Merkel apparently discovered THE solution to bypass Greece’s objections to European conservatives’ proposals for joint Greek-Turkish patrols in the eastern Aegean Sea. Angela Merkel discovered the NATO and wants the involvement of the North Atlantic Treaty to halt the refugees and migrants flow to Europe. During her …

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NATO calls on Turkey and Russia to “Calm down”, Ankara gets Obama’s support

NATO called on Turkey and Russia to show restraint as tensions rise in the wake of the downing of a Russian jet near the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday morning. After a meeting of the diplomatic representatives at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that the military …

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Are alarm bells ringing over Greece approach to Russia?

It seems that alarm bells have started to ring in the USA, the NATO and also in Europe over Greece’s approach to Russia. Hardly had the new coalition government came into power and the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias wrangled with the European Union over a statement concerning sanctions against …

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These Turks are crazy! They issue NOTAM to use a.o. Limnos island as “Firing Exercise Area”

A diplomatic ‘war’ broke out between Greece and Turkey, after Ankara issued a NOTAM to “reserve” a large part of the Greek airspace over the Aegean Sea for military exercises and use international air space, Greek FIR and the south part of the island of Limnos as “Firing Exercise Areas” …

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Greece is ready to “fulfill its international obligations” against Assad-regime

While the countdown for an US-led operation against Syria has started, Greece reassures its NATO allies, it was ready to assist in an operation against the Assad regime. “Greece is ready to fulfill its obligations,” deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) told the press after a meeting with Defence Minister …

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Two Greek Pilots Safe After Serious F-16 Incident

A serious F-16 incident with possible fatal consequences was averted due to the prowess of the Greek pilots on Thursday morning at the NATO Larissa Air Base.  The two-seater fighter jet, type F-16D Blk 52 from the 110 Combat Wing was on “touch and go” training when the landing gear of the aircraft …

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ICJ-The Hague: Greece Was Wrong in Blocking FYROM’s Membership to NATO

 The International Court in the Hague ruled on Monday that Greece was wrong to block FYROM’s bid to join NATO in 2008 because of a long-running dispute over the country using the name of “Macedonia”. The two countries got into an unsolved -name dispute, when the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia got …

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Turkish Bargain: Closure of NATO base for EU Full Membership

Turkey is a hard bargainer and would never give something for nothing. Even if it is something that it woun’t definetely wants. Ankara blackmails to give its to consent to the closure of NATO base in Izmir only in the context of trading full EU membership, a Turkish daily reported. A …

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Defence Ministers from France & Norway visit anti-Libya Squadrons at Souda

Ministers of Defence from France and Norway flew to Souda Bay on the island of Crete to inspire the pilots of air fighters stationed there. State television NET reported that the ministers watched two French and two Qatari Mirage 2000 taking off to Libya. There are currently 6 F-16 from Norway and 3 …

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Greece’s Libya participation costs € 6,5 million per month

In an extremely difficult economic period for Greece, the country’s participation to operations against Libya cost just 6,5 million euros per month. “Therefore should the operations last three months the costs will amount 20 million euro” National Defence Minister Evaggelos Venizelos told the External Affairs & Defence committee of the Greek parliament. …

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