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“No official European documents raise the issue of joint sea patrols, but if Greece is asked,the answer will be no “–answered unofficially to the media the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias , on the scenario of joint Greek and Turkish patrols on the Aegean Sea for the EU’s external border protection,,,
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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu also vowed during a joint news conference to continue to work to improve the often-frosty relations and said the countries had agreed to increase security and prevent accidents in the Aegean Sea.
“All of the journalists – Greeks and international – are aware of the concerns I have expressed for some months now regarding the destabilization of the Eastern Mediterranean, which is within a triangle, as I always say, formed by Ukraine, Libya, the Middle East. Greece and Turkey are two factors for stability within this region, and we exchanged initial thoughts on how we might institutionalize this potential we have.
We agreed to reopen the exploratory talks, which concern the continental shelf in the Aegean, and to continue the discussion on confidence-building measures, on which I would say we have already had some success. And I thank the Greek side, Greek diplomacy, which worked hard on this, and the Turkish Foreign Ministry. We have already agreed on and announced confidence-building measures for maritime safety, which include 9 technical aspects that we won’t go into in a press conference.
go to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the official Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’ statements following his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (Ankara, 12 May 2015) – Top Story.
On the peak of the negotiations for the poor Greece, while Greece was trying to position itself on a fair play on the euro table, the Obama administration has leapt to the defence of Greece, warning Germany and European creditors.
The US deputy-national security adviser said the eurozone authorities had imposed the main burden of adjustment on the weaker deficit states and should do more to accept their share of responsibility for the euro crisis.
Mrs Atkinson described Europe’s insistence on structural reform rather than stimulus as a false dichotomy since one compliments the other. “You need both,” she said, arguing that a culture of “reverse fiscal dominance” had taken hold as countries become overly alarmed by debt burdens
“They have asymmetric rules. They need to make it socially fairer,” she said.
The US administration does not share the widespread view in Europe that there is little risk of contagion if the European Central Bank cuts off liquidity support for the Greek banking system and forces the country out of the euro, the Telegraph underlines in its recent article .
Late Saturday night, on February 14th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Nikos Kotzias in light of the recent Minsk agreement, but to openly express also the support of the U.S. for the success of the efforts of Greece with its European partners, to find a mutually acceptable programme for exiting the crisis.
Since the early moments of Tsipras election, there has been a buzz on the “mediator role” the White house had announced its intention to play. The Washington-based Greek journalist Michalis Ignatiou had wrote: “The White House intents to assume the role of mediator in order to solve the differences between Greece and its European partners.
The White House representative received the following question, Ignatiou’s article wrote: “This week, the Greek government is holding talks with the Europeans. Yesterday, the White House issued a statement regarding the United States President’s conversation with the new Greek Prime Minister. What is the White House reaction to the new Greek government’s statement that it will not work with the IMF and the European lenders to lengthen the repayment?”
The White House spokesperson replied as follows:
“I have no particular reaction to that statement. In general, I can say that the President telephoned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier this week, because as you know, the US is working closely with the EU and the Greeks for many years in an attempt to resolve the economic and financial instability we have seen in Europe. And therein, this instability has implications and consequences on both the United States and the global economy. Therefore, we will continue to work closely with the European Union, and that means working with the new Greek government, trying to resolve these differences and restore Greece, Europe and the global economy to growth and prosperity, because ultimately this will be to the best interest of the US economy.”
Concering the recent Greece’s position on the sanctions to Russia, State Department spokesperson Jennifer had said on January 30:
“I do not think we’re at the point of concerns” when she was questioned whether there is any concern of the US government about the Greek new government ‘s posistion for Ukraine, regarding the “unity of the EU, especially in relation to the penalties for Ukraine “.
“The new Greek government, I would say, is only a few days old, and obviously”, she said, we expect to have talks with a number of countries. There have been as you know in the past, talks and discussions about what is beneficial or not for the decisions taken with regard to the EU sanctions. So, this is not unusual, “added the spokesman of the US FM. Ms. Psaki, “However”, she stated, “the discussions on the European Union sanctions against Russia ‘are made within the EU “.
The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde last week , after her first meeting with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis praised the knowledge and competency of the Greek officials. She said they had an excellent talk with the Finance Minister.
“They are competent, intelligent, they’ve thought about their issues. We have to listen to them. We are starting to work together and it is a process that is starting and is going to last a certain time,” Lagarde told reporters on entering the meeting of euro zone finance ministers devoted to Greece, Wednesday February 11th
“Greece is in a triangle of insecurity – the three vertices of which are Libya, Ukraine and the Middle East – stressing that Greece has its own stabilizing role in the region”
- No direct reference to Russian Responsibility
The text calls on all sides to take responsibility. There is a more specific reference to Russia. This reference has to do with its responsibilities in its relations with the separatists. There is no direct reference to Russian responsibility.
- The difficult part, the new sanctions: Removed
“The main thing we wanted to be removed, and for which we fought for two hours – half of the time we were in the Council was spent on this issue – was the proposal for new sanctions. This was certainly a difficult negotiation. Unusually for the Council of Ministers, many Ministers spoke two, three or four times. The phrase providing for the new sanctions on Russia was removed. We explained, in my intervention, that the sanctions are not producing results, as sanctions – as is apparent from a number of countries, including Iran, Iraq and Cuba, as well as in the case of Russia – have not averted what they supposedly want to avert”, said Niko Kotziast foreign and Greek correspondents .
“We called on the Council of Ministers to think strategically, and not just with regard to today, about what the precise goal of our policy is on the issue of Ukraine and in Russia. That is,
whether we want a broken Russia, a state of affairs that would, however, mean a lot of pain for the whole of Europe”
Germany and France supported Greek positions, wrote the neurope.eu, considering, explains the article, that Greece is right, and submitted an amended resolution on Ukraine, while the UK, taking the opposite side, threatened with a veto for more than one hour demanding additional sanction against Russia, Greece’s Foreign Minister said Speaking after the end of the Foreign Minister’s extraordinary meeting, Nikos Kotzias, at the head of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for only two days, also praised the negotiating ability of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, noting that yesterdays seriously amended resolution was a result of diplomatic efforts that took place the last few days.
He noted that the Resolution was amended so that Greece is satisfied with it, mostly because it does not contain new sanctions but only extends existing ones and this only until September and not until December as was originally planned.
Minister also underlined that Greece no longer simply accepts what others in the European Union are preparing but has it’s own opinion and ideas in order to better promote the interests of both Greece and the European Union.
EU Foreign Affairs rep: Greece kept a ‘constructive and positive stance’ at Council meeting
She said that the “particularly positive stance” of Greece allowed the reaching of a compromise solution that was substantial and credible.
The foreign minsiters decided to extend to September the first group of sanctions on Russians and pro-Russia separatists in the Ukraine. See our Earlier story
Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means…
Originally posted on moodhackerblog: Expectations for exclusion of the Greek exports from the Russian embargo expressed by […]
sources: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Europe, sofokleous.gr
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece officially denied by declaration “the unsubstantiated claims of the Financial Times article published on January 28, refering on liaisons between the new Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and the Russian professor. Aleksandr Dugin. The Article writes the bogus claim that Mr. Kotzias had invited Mr. Ntougkin to an academic event of the University of Piraeus”.
“As, also officialy, the Piraeus University, by its part, has denied such claims by a separate announcement, published by its Academic credibility and accuracy, Mr. Kotzias never invited Mr. Ntougkin for any speech, and never. as falsely stated in the article, went to Moscow to meet him.”
“The article states also falsely that an official declaration was sought by the authors, and that was denied or never made from the Greek Foreign Affairs Minister’s side”.
“We notify that the Elementary, even, level on the Ethics of Journalism requires the crossmatching, intersection and verification of facts and arguments before publication, especially of such unsubstantiated information, which succeed , though, to be reproduced on the internet and other media, creating false and unwarranted impressions”