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State Department is open to Greece-Libya energy interconnection

The US State Department is open to the possibility of an energy interconnection between Greece and Libya. The US State Department spokesperson said that the US continues to support projects that promote the energy interconnection of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa with Europe. The US ministry clarified that it …

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Greece criticized over treatment of migrants in U.S. State Department Human Rights report

The US State Department’s annual report on human rights violations around the world published on Tuesday has criticized Greece over unsafe and unhealthy conditions for migrants and asylum-seekers detained in pre-removal facilities or residing at the country’s six reception and identification centers, including gender-based violence against refugee women and children …

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Athens tells US State Dept: Greek territorial waters ‘cannot be disputed’

The limits of Greece’s territorial waters, as well as the maritime borders between Greece and Turkey, have been clearly defined for years on the basis of conventional and customary international law and “cannot be disputed”, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. The comment came after a US State Department report to …

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U.S. State Dept: No consensus on extent of Greek airspace

The US State Department is unable to provide a full list of confirmed violations of Greece’s airspace by Turkish fighter jets after 1 January 2017 due to a lack of consensus on the breadth of Greek national airspace, according to a report to Congress prepared in the context of the …

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Barbaros drilling: U.S. urges Turkey to “halt provocative steps” in Cyprus EEZ

The US State Department has urged Turkey to refrain from conducting hydrocarbon research inside the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, describing such actions as “provocative.” Washington’s message comes after seismic research vessel Barbaros set sail from Turkey to Cyprus’ EEZ on Wednesday night. In a statement to Open TV, the …

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US: Turkey-Libya MoU “provocative”, islands have EEZ & continental shelf

With a good portion of delay, the US State Department finally took position on the Turkey-Libya Agreement and Ankara’s Claims that the Greek islands have neither Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf. The agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea signed by Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National …

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US State Dept: “TurkStream undermines the European energy security”

The US State Department expressed its strong opposition to the Turkish-Russian TurkStream gas pipeline saying that together with the Nord Stream 2 they undermine the European energy security and serves only the Russian interests. “The United States continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 and the second line of TurkStream,” …

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US State Department describes Turkey’s drilling as “highly provocative”

The US State Department issued a sharp statement with regards to Turkey’s drilling in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. It described the planned drilling as “highly provocative.” The statement of the US State Department reads: “The United States is deeply concerned by Turkey’s announced intentions to begin offshore drilling …

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US urges Turkey to refrain from increasing tension in Cyprus

The US State Department has urged Turkey to refrain from increasing tension in the East Mediterranean Sea. Commenting on the upcoming drilling off Cyprus, the Department of State said that it discourages any rhetorical action and rhetoric in the region and reminded that US policy on the Cyprus EEZ is …

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US State Department recognizes Cyprus right to develop resources in EEZ

The United States recognizes the right of Cyprus to develop the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone, and discourages any actions or rhetoric that increase tensions in the region, a State Department official has said. The official did not comment directly on Turkish threats regarding the arrival of a research …

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Michael Karloutsos appointed Acting Chief of Protocol in US State Department

Member of the Greek-American community, Michael Karloutsos, has been appointed Acting Chief of Protocol, a high-profile position in the State Department. He will work under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He will begin his new work on July 23. It is a political appointment by the president of the United …

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NATO warming up for Libya? Greece’s Souda Air Base to get involved?

Is NATO warming up  for a military intervention in Lybia, even if for ‘humanitarian reasons’? If the answer is “Yes”, Greece is most likely to play a role in facilitating and supporting North Atlantic Treaty Org. troops with its Souda airbase on the island of Crete, some 300 nautical miles away …

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US State Dept. designates Greek group as Global Terrorist

The US State Department has designated the Greek terror organisation “Sect of Revolutionaries” as Global Terrorist. In a press release, the State Dept. underlined  that the group will now be subject to restrictions and financial sanctions. The decision was taken by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because the group’s “terrorist activities …

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