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Turkey says ceasefire agreement with Russia not to change refugee policy

Τhe ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia not to change refugee policy, presidential sources in Ankara said on Friday morning. The agreement on a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province does not require Ankara to change its refugee policy, the sources stressed. “The Russia-Turkey agreement does not require the rollback of …

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“No joint Turkey-Italy drilling off Libya” says Greece

There is no issue of a joint Turkish-Italian drilling off Libya, said Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas dismissing claims made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. “Based on the information we have, there is no question of joint drilling,” Petsas said, noting Italy’s clear condemnation of the Turkish challenges. He did …

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“U.S. will abandon Greece as it did with the Kurds,” warns Russian Envoy to EU

Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, warned Greece that the US might abandon it just as it did with the Kurds. The Defense Cooperation Agreement that Greece signed with the US during the visit of US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo to Athens, is a mistake, he added. In an …

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Stournaras: SYRIZA asked Russia to print Drachmas in 2015

We have a lovely expression in Greek: περσινά ξινά σταφύλια literally translated into “last year’s sour grapes.” We use it to declare that something we hear or learn we have been known already. The governor of Bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras, apparently has run out of points of criticism to …

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S-400 missile defense systems arrive in Turkey (video)

First shipment of Russian S-400 missile defense system hardware to Ankara started on July 12, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Friday. “First batch of equipment of S-400 missile defense system, which is procured to meet Turkey’s air and missile defense need, has started to arrive at Mürted Air Base …

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Russia is ready to expand gas cooperation with Greece

Russia is keen to supply energy to Greece and is ready to expand cooperation in the gas sector with the country, Executive Director of the Skolkovo Energy Center Vyacheslav Mischenko told reporters at an energy conference in Athens. He emphasized that “Russia is ready to expand cooperation with Greece in …

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“If Greece buys S-400, why can’t Turkey?” say Russian military experts

Turkey is not the first NATO country to buy the S-400 air defense system, Russian military experts said arguing with the false claim that Greece has already bought such a system. Speaking at a meeting on “Russian-Turkish Relations and Regional Security: Erdogan’s visit to Moscow,” Vladimir Yevseyev said Greece was …

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NATO rushes to invite FYROM under its new name “North Macedonia”

FYROM Foreign Minister Nikolai Dimitrov received an invitation by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to join the North Atlantic Alliance. The letter addressed to the Republic of North Macedonia was received late Monday afternoon,  media report. The invitation of North Macedonia’s accession to the NATO came just three days after …

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Greece, FYROM slam Russia’s criticism of Prespes Macedonia deal

With the ratification of the Prespes Agreement considered as imminent and certain, Russia has clearly raised objections against the name change of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into “North Macedonia.” A day before his visit to Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin blamed the USA and some Western …

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US warns to sanction Turkey over S-400 missiles purchase from Russia

The United States has warned Turkey over the purchase of S-400 missile defense system from Russia. In an exclusive statement to a Greek news website Hellas Journal, a representative of the State Department expressed Washington’s concerns over the purchase and threatened with sanctions and repercussions in defense trade. “an S-400 …

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Russia: FYROM parliament vote “rigged” by the U.S. “with threats, bribes and…”

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the vote in FYROM parliament vote to approve a proposed change to the country’s name, was “rigged” by the U.S. with “blackmail, threats and bribes,” international media report Monday afternoon. In a statement Monday, the ministry accused the U.S. of orchestrating an “unfair vote” …

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Kremlin confirms Greek PM Tsipras to visit Russia in December

The Kremlin confirmed media reports about the upcoming visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Moscow.  The visit takes place after bilateral relations soured and both countries expelled diplomats, when Greece accused Russian diplomats of  meddling into the country’s domestic affairs and acting against the national security. The Russian …

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“Holy War”: Russia’s Orthodox Church cuts ties with Ecumenical Patriarchate

Russia’s Orthodox Church said it would no longer participate in structures chaired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, it suspends all services with top priests of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and will no longer commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in its services. The decisions taken at a meeting of …

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Russians tried to hack Greek Orthodox clergy incl Ecumenical Patriarch’s top aides

The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine. …

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Fresh tension between Moscow and Athens over visas to Russian Orthodox priests

A fresh tension sparked in the relations between Greece and Russia after Russian Orthodox priests claimed that they have been denied visas. Moscow said it was waiting for a clarification on the issue by the Greek side. Athens replied with a sharp statement in which it accused the former ally …

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