#AceNewsReport – Oct.12: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete: It comes just two weeks after another quake on the island killed a man and damaged hundreds of building: There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
#AceDailyNews says according to the Metro UK report Crete was hit by powerful #earthquake just weeks after another one struck Greece……The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said Tuesday morning’s had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and occurred under the sea off the eastern coast of the island.
That makes it closer to the surface than the 6.0 quake late last month and slightly stronger – though provisional reading then had registered it as more ferocious than it later turned out to be.
The epicentre was 23 km east of the village of Zakros and had a shallow depth of just 2 km, the organisation said.
The fire brigade had not received any immediate calls for help, a police official said.
A Greek seismologist said that Tuesday’s quake came from a different fault line to the incident on September 27.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: The quake sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, and schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks rattled the area, adding to damage in villages near the epicenter……
#AceDailyNews says that AP has reported today that a strong #earthquake registering at least 5.8-magnitude has killed at least one person and leaves 9-others injured as people fled their homes into the streets as buildings collapsed ….
“The earthquake was strong and was long in duration,” Heraklion mayor Vassilis Lambrinos told private Antenna television.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring several others. https://t.co/RhgwSBhQu8
The Athens Geodynamic Institute, which gave the 5.8 magnitude, said the quake struck at 9:17 a.m. (0617 GMT), with an epicenter 246 kilometers (153 miles) south southeast of the Greek capital, Athens.
“This is not an event that occurred without warning. We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas,” seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos said on Greece’s state broadcaster ERT.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center and the U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of 6.0, with an epicenter seven kilometers (four miles) north of the village of Thrapsano. It is common for different seismological institutes to give varying magnitudes for an earthquake in the initial hours and days after an event.
Greece’s Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry said one person had been killed and a further nine people suffered injuries. The man who died was pulled from the rubble of a partially collapsed church in the village of Arkalochori, very close to the epicenter, authorities said.
“It appears that until now we don’t have fellow citizens trapped,” government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said during a media briefing about three hours after the quake struck.
Seismologist Efthimios Lekkas, who heads Greece’s Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, said inspections of critical buildings such as schools and hospitals had already begun.
“We are urging people who live in damaged older buildings to remain outdoors. One aftershock can cause a collapse,” Lekkas said from Crete. “We are talking about structures built before 1970. Structures built after 1985 are built to a higher standard that can withstand the effect of an earthquake.”
Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides, who traveled to Crete, said measures would be taken for those who couldn’t spend the night in their homes, potentially including providing rooms in hotels. Local media said hundreds of homes had been damaged.
Local officials said they had enough capacity to temporarily house 300 people in tents.
The fire department said it was flying 30 members of its disaster response units with sniffer dogs and specialized rescue equipment to Crete, while all its disaster response units and the fire department services on Crete were placed on general alert.
Numerous aftershocks struck the area, with the EMSC giving a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 for the two strongest.
International and domestic flights to Heraklion airport weren’t affected by the quake, while the region’s hoteliers association said there was no serious damage to any hotels in the area, which includes many popular holiday resorts.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.21: In a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a sharp increase in people leaving Afghanistan could pose “a serious challenge for everyone”.
#AceDailyNews says Greece has erected a fence at Turkey border amid warnings of Afghan migrant surge we cannot wait, passively, for the possible impact,” Greece’s Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said on a visit to the region of Evros on Friday and his comments came as Turkey called on European countries to take responsibility for Afghan migrants.
“Our borders will remain inviolable.”
“A new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and in Iran,” Mr Erdogan said.
The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, an Islamist militant group, has left some fearing for their lives and seeking to escape the country, often by any means necessary.
Mr Chrisochoidis said the crisis had created new “possibilities for migrant flows” into Europe. A child is handed over the wall at Kabul airport, as the chaos continues
Greece, which was on the frontline of the migrant crisis in 2015 when more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East crossed from Turkey into the EU, has said it may send back any Afghans that arrive illegally through the country.
Of those who arrived in Greece during the migrant crisis, many travelled further north throughout Europe, but about 60,000 have remained in the country.
Last year, Athens temporarily blocked new asylum applications after Mr Erdogan said Turkey had “opened the doors” for migrants to travel to the EU.
Mr Mitsotakis said at the time that Greece had increased “the level of deterrence at our borders to the maximum”, with security personnel deployed to the Evros land border.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: A 38-year-old volunteer firefighter was killed by a falling electricity pole in a suburb of the capital: Greece’s prime minister says a heatwave has turned the country into a powder keg.
#AceNewsDesk says …Greece fires spread uncontrolled, killing a fireman as huge clouds of smoke are billowing over the northern outskirts of Athens, where people are being urged to leave their homes…..
Firefighters are battling 154 wildfires across the country…..
Video from North Euboea, Greece, on Wednesday 4 August 2021. Evacuation is only possible by boats since the wildfire cannot be controlled. Canadair firefighting aircrafts cannot operate due to high temperatures, locally reaching 45ºC. pic.twitter.com/UU3F09L3O4
Fanned by unpredictable winds, the worst blazes are around the north of Athens. Fires are also raging on the nearby island of Evia, and areas close to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
“We are facing another, more difficult night,” said government minister Nikos Hardalias.
“Wildfires of unprecedented intensity and spread, all our forces are fighting the battle day and night to save lives, together with volunteers.”
Thousands of people have been ordered to leave their homes outside Athens as the blaze tore through houses, cars and businesses.
The firefighter was among the first two people killed by the fires.
The other victim was the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Konstantinos Michalos. He was found unconscious in a factory close to where a fire was raging.
A further 20 people have been injured.
Hundreds of residents and tourists on Evia island have been evacuated aboard ferries and fishing boats, as wildfires closed in on its shores.
“We’re talking about the apocalypse, I don’t know how to describe it,” Sotiris Danikas, a coastguard official on the island, told broadcaster ERT.
AFP reports Hundreds of residents of Evia island were evacuated on ferries ……
Greece, like many parts of Europe, has been grappling with extreme weather this summer. A week-long heat wave has sparked wildfires in many parts of the country.
In neighbouring Turkey, authorities are battling the country’s worst-ever wildfires. Six more neighbourhoods near a power station were evacuated on Friday.
Eight people have been killed and tens of thousands evacuated along Turkey’s southern coast.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the fires show “the reality of climate change”. Temperatures in the country have been above 40C (107 degrees Fahrenheit) all week.
Hundreds of firefighters and nearly 20 water-bombing aircrafts are trying to control the blazes across Greece. Extra firefighters and planes are being sent in from countries including France and the US.
In the village Krioneri, close to Athens, the fire scorched homes, businesses and factories.
“The fire is uncontrollable,” resident Vassiliki Papapanagiotis told AFP news agency.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.06: For a third day, Greek firefighters continue to battle wildfires as a prolonged heatwave and strengthening winds have fuelled more than 150 wildfires in recent days, threatening the ancient site of Olympia…..
#AceDailyNews says that fires rage in Greece for a third day as 25 more villages are evacuated across the country and according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service – the European Union’s Earth observation programme – July 2021 “was the second warmest July on record for Europe. Heatwaves occurred from the Baltic to the eastern Mediterranean.”
Locals are complaining that not enough is being done by the government to combat the fires, write Marina Rigou in Athens and Nikolia Apostolou in Kalamata
The blaze in Athens has rekindled and two new suburbs are being evacuated. Another major fire burned just one kilometre from the archeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics was held, in the Peloponnese region of Greece, but was later brought under control.
Dozens of people have been evacuated from some 25 villages in the regions of Ilia, Evia, Grevena, and Messinia. In southern Greece, the fires are now burning the village of Karnasi in Mani.
Police frequency, [Aug 5, 2021 at 15:18] Greece, EU: Thousands flee homes outside Athens as heat fuels wildfires: https://t.me/police_frequency/50949: Time-lapse video shows wildfires burning throughout the day in Athens. Fires spread through a forest near the city, burning down more than 90 homes, 27 businesses, and 80 cars: Fire victims will receive €800 (£670) as emergency aid and €6,000 (£5,100) in the near future in order to buy furniture. More help is expected to be announced: A new fire in a suburb in the northern part of Athens, bigger than the first one. The situation is really difficult here as it is growing quickly. Ippokratios Politia and Drosopigi already evacuated and it is now heading towards Krioneri.
More than 170 firefighters with 52 engines and six aircraft were operating to bring fires under control on the island of Evia.
“If there are even few people who have reservations about whether climate change is real, I call on them to come here and see the intensity of the phenomena,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, said from Ilia, near Ancient Olympia.
The Civil Protection Authority issued an “extreme fire warning” for Friday as temperatures remained high.
Firefighters and planes have been deployed from other European countries including Sweden and Cyprus. The military also mobilised its forces to support patrols.
But that has not been enough to prevent more than 300 homes and businesses from being destroyed by the fires, according to state officials on Wednesday night.
The government is blaming the fire on the prolonged heatwave, which has now lasted ten days with temperatures reaching as high as 46C.
“We are carrying out organised evacuations in order to protect human lives,” Mr Mitsotakis said during his visit to Olympia. “We have a legal framework for state aid, which means that those citizens who saw their homes destroyed by the fire will be compensated so that the houses can be rebuilt,” he stressed.
For Yiannis Sfetsas, a 60-year-old car mechanic in Varibobi, that’s not enough. Yesterday, he saw his shop burn to the ground.
“Whenever there’s a protest they mobilise 10,000 policemen, but here they just sent 300 firefighters,” he said. “My shop is destroyed and so is my home.”
In Sfestas’ shop, 10 cars left there to be repaired have been reduced to ashes. “The damage is really big,” he said. “If only they had reached the initial fire they would have controlled it.”
An area of 6,000 hectares (14,8000 acres) was destroyed in three days, according to the National Observatory of Athens. It amounts to half of the usual annual total.
As efforts have been focused on saving Ancient Olympia, locals in Evia and Messinia are claiming on Greek media that they’re receiving very little aerial help.
On Wednesday, 85 people were rescued by sea from the coastal village of Rovies, where 150 homes and businesses were destroyed by fire.
#AceNewsReport – July.23: The operation saw a speedboat intercepted off the island of Lefkada on 14 July as it headed towards Italy, carrying 14 migrants: The vessel attempted to out-run Greek authorities, but was eventually stopped after coastguards fired warning shots. The pilot was arrested after throwing himself into the sea in an attempt to escape, leaving the migrants adrift…
#AceDailyNews reports that officers from Project Invigor, the National Crime Agency-led taskforce targeting organised immigration crime, have taken part in an operation which has seen eight members of a major people smuggling network arrested in Greece in July…
Shortly afterwards another seven people were arrested as Greek police raided a number of properties in Athens, seizing cash, mobile phones, forged travel documents and another boat: Those arrested included three Iraqi nationals, two Greek nationals, two Ukrainian nationals and one Turkish national. They will all now face charges: The organised crime group is alleged to have charged migrants between five and seven thousand euros to transport them through Greece and then onwards towards Italy: Many would then move up into northern Europe, with some ending up trying to reach the UK: NCA officers, working as part of Project Invigor, played a crucial role in the operation, helping the Hellenic Police identify and locate the OCG’s leaders and providing support to the overall investigation.
Dave Hucker, Regional Head for NCA International, said: Through Project Invigor we are seeking to attack the people smuggling OCGs impacting upon the UK at every step of the route, in source countries, in transit countries like Greece, as well as at the UK border: This operation, which saw us work in partnership with the Greek police, is an example of that in action: There is no doubt that some of the migrants smuggled from Turkey, through Greece and onwards by this OCG would have ended up attempting to enter the UK illegally as well: Those involved in organised immigration crime are ruthless and happy to treat people as a commodity to be profited from. We are determined to do all we can to stop them: Project Invigor is the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK: Led by the NCA, it also includes Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the Crown Prosecution Service. Officers work in the UK and internationally.
#AceNewsReport – July.02: Pappas was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but refused to hand himself in: He is known for having an obsession with Nazism and was considered a leading ideologue of Golden Dawn.
GREECE: Golden Dawn fugitive Christos Pappas arrested in Greece – reports after being wanted by police since October, when the entire leadership of Golden Dawn was convicted of running a criminal organisation.
A police source told AFP news agency Pappas was eventually caught at a home in the Athens district of Zografou.
A police statement, which did not mention Pappas by name, said a 59-year-old man had been arrested by counter-terrorism officers and was set to be brought before the prosecutor on Friday.
A 52-year-old woman who had allegedly been hiding him was also arrested, it said.
Pappas’s lawyer has not yet commented. In October, he said his client would not surrender as he expected his conviction to be quashed on appeal.
Pappas was a founding member of Golden Dawn and close friend of its leader. He has been photographed under a Nazi flag and filmed teaching children to do the Hitler salute.
Golden Dawn reached peak popularity during Greece’s crippling financial crisis in 2012, but it became notorious for links to attacks on immigrants and left-wing activists.
A criminal inquiry into the party began in 2013 after an anti-fascist rapper was murdered by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.
Pappas also evaded arrest at this time, with police finding swastika flags and bottles stamped with images of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini in searches of his home, according to reports.
The landmark Golden Dawn trial lasted more than five years and saw verdicts against 68 defendants handed down in October.
Clashes broke out outside the courtroom following the verdict. Petrol bombs, rocks and flares were thrown at police who responded with tear gas and water cannons in Athens.Petrol bombs were met by water cannons as anti-Golden Dawn protesters clashed with police on the day of the verdict
Another former member of the Golden Dawn party hierarchy, Ioannis Lagos, was extradited from Belgium in May.
#AceNewsReport – June.19: Babis Anagnostopoulos was picked up after attending his late wife’s memorial service on the island of Alonnisos, where she grew up.
ATHENS: Caroline Crouch Case: Husband confesses to her killing after he had claimed three robbers had broken into the couple’s home in Glyka Nera, near Athens, and tied him up on 11 May.
But after a lengthy investigation, police said his story did not add up.
They found no trace of the gang he claimed had tied him up, suffocated his wife and stolen €15,000 (£13,000; $18,000) in cash.
During a memorial service on Thursday, Babis Anagnostopoulos was pictured hugging his late wife’s mother
Then they checked a range of technical devices to corroborate his account. Caroline Crouch’s biometric watch revealed her pulse readings on the day she died. Babis Anagnostopoulos’s movements were also tracked via his mobile phone, and the couple’s surveillance system also highlighted discrepancies.
Although the suspect said he had been tied up, police said he had managed to use his phone at the time.
Crouch, 20, was born in the UK and moved with her parents to the picturesque Aegean island of Alonnisos as a child. She was living with her husband and baby in Glyka Nera when she was attacked.
CASE NOTES: How personal data cracked the caseIt was ultimately a data trail left by 21st-Century tech that led the police to this breakthrough. Caroline Crouch’s smart watch showed that her heart was still beating at the time her husband claimed she was murdered. The activity tracker on his phone showed him moving around the house while he said he was tied up; and the recorded time at which data cards were removed from the home security camera also told a different story to his version of events.In a world where we are all generating acres of personal data, all the time, about our health and movements, there are concerns about how secure that information is and whether it could fall into the wrong hands. In this case, however, it has accurately signposted a young woman’s final moments.Police initially posted a €300,000 reward for information in finding the killers, condemning the “barbarity” of the crime. Five days after his wife’s death, the pilot posted an Instagram picture from their wedding with the message: “Always together. Farewell my love.”Instagram/Babis AnagnostopoulosBabis Anagnostopoulos confessed after eight hours of questioning, police saidDetectives approached him after the memorial service on Alonnisos on Thursday, asking him to go with them to Athens, saying there had been a breakthrough in the inquiry and they wanted to identify a suspect. It was only when he arrived in the capital he was told that he was the suspect.He confessed after eight hours of questioning, they said. Greek reports said he told police the couple had often argued in recent months.A case that stunned GreeksThe killing has become a cause celebre in Greece. Initially it raised concerns about possible domestic security, and the husband had alleged that a foreign gang had carried out the attack. A Georgian man was arrested in the early days of the inquiry as he crossed into neighbouring Bulgaria.Alpha TVBabis Anagnostopoulos was led away by police and then airlifted to AthensNational TV interrupted coverage of the Euro 2020 football championships on Thursday night to bring details of the confession. Cars and passers by stopped outside cafes in Athens to see the latest development, BBC reporter Kostas Koukoumakas reports.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: With Turkey and Iran looming large in the region (and expanding their influence), a paramount deal has been struck between Israel and Greece. The two countries “have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said would strengthen political and economic ties between the countries.”
Israel and Greece sign record defense deal amid threats from Turkey and Iran: ‘Greece and Turkey have been embroiled in ongoing disputes. Tensions — from gas exploration to territorial battles and migrant disputes — brought the countries to the brink of “open conflict” last year. At the core is Turkey’s policy of Islamic expansionism and its Islamic supremacist bulling’
As part of the new Israel-Greece agreement, which strengthens Greece in the face of Turkish aggression, the Greek Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems will lead to “the establishment and operation of a training centre for the Hellenic Air Force.”
The first military deal between the Israel and Greece was concluded last year, when Israel leased drones to Greece to help it defend its borders.
“Israel and Greece sign record defence deal,” Al Jazeera, April 18, 2021:
The agreement includes a $1.65bn contract for the establishment and operation of a training centre for the Hellenic Air Force by Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems over a 22-year period, Israel’s defence ministry said on Sunday.
The training centre will be modelled on Israel’s own flight academy and will be equipped with 10 M-346 training aircraft produced by Italy’s Leonardo, the ministry said.
Elbit will supply kits to upgrade and operate Greece’s T-6 aircraft and also provide training, simulators and logistical support.
“I am certain that (this programme) will upgrade the capabilities and strengthen the economies of Israel and Greece and thus the partnership between our two countries will deepen on the defence, economic and political levels,” said Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz.
The announcement follows a meeting in Cyprus on Friday between the United Arab Emirates, Greek, Cypriot and Israeli foreign ministers, who agreed to deepen cooperation.
The Israeli and Greek air forces on Sunday launched a joint exercise in Greece, the Israeli military said.
In at least one past exercise over Greece, Israeli fighter planes practised against an S-300 posted on Crete. The Russian-made air defence system is also deployed in Syria and Iran, Israel’s foes.
A source in the Hellenic National Defence Command said the S-300 had not been activated in the joint exercise that began on Sunday.
Israel, Greece and Cyprus have taken several steps in recent months to cement ties, including advancing plans to build a 2,000-megawatt undersea electricity cable and a 1,900km (1,300-mile) undersea gas pipeline, a move that irked regional rival Turkey.
Last month, the Israeli military said it conducted a joint naval exercise with Greece and Cyprus…..
#AceNewsReport – Sept.18: Croatia has closed seven of its eight border crossings with Serbia overwhelmed by a huge surge of refugees turned away by Hungary. PM said Croatia will not accept or accommodate asylum seekers any longer.
“We cannot register and accommodate these people any longer,” Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic told reporters on Friday. “They will get food, water and medical help, and then they can move on. The European Union must know that Croatia will not become a migrant ‘hotspot.’ We have hearts, but we also have heads.” On Thursday Croatia closed most of its road border crossings with Serbia leaving only one on the main road linking Belgrade and Zagreb at Bajakovo. The decision came as over 13,000 refugees entered the country after Hungary closed its borders on Wednesday failing to cope with the refugee flow. Police told Reuters that about 500 refugees had been detained after crossing into the south of Hungary from Croatia on Thursday.
Some of the refugees appear to be stuck on the border between Croatia and Hungary. Reuters reported on Thursday that a convoy of more than 10 buses which was heading towards the Croatian city of Osijek was turned towards the Hungarian border. Refugees were offloaded at the Croatian border village Beremend, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. Hundreds of migrants were also witnessed on Friday at a petrol station by a road in the Croatian border town of Beli Manastir.
Scuffles between refugees erupted on Friday at the Croatian Beli Monastir train station as the people were boarding the trains bound for Zagreb. Some were injured and received first aid.
Some were injured and received first aid.
Dozens of refugees staged a silent sit-in protest at the Serbian-Hungarian border near the town of Horgos on Friday. They held placards which read: “We don’t have houses anymore. We will live here,” and “This is shame for Europe.”
The site was a scene of violence on Tuesday, when police used water cannon and teargas to push back refugees attempting to enter Hungary.
Milanovic said on Friday he has called a session of Croatia’s National Security Council. Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic told N1 Television that “it’s a matter of time” before Croatia closes all borders.
Columns of asylum seekers were expected to turn to Slovenia, however the Interior Ministry said on Friday that Slovenia does not intend to open a corridor for the refugees heading to Western Europe to pass through.
“At the moment we have no basis on which we could form a corridor,” Interior Ministry state secretary Bostjan Sefic told reporters.
All the banks everywhere will be open,” Deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told ERT television adding that bank customers “can deposit cash [and] they can transfer money from one account to the other.”
He also noted that if someone doesn’t want to take €60 on Monday and wants to take it on Tuesday, they can withdraw €120 or €180 on Wednesday. Banks in the country have been closed since June 29, after the Greek government imposed capital controls. On Thursday the ECB increased the cap on emergency funding that Greek lenders can draw from their domestic central bank by €900 million.
Following tough negotiations, Greece finally struck a preliminary rescue deal with its creditors on Monday, which is hoped, would help to prevent an imminent financial catastrophe.
#AceNewsReport – Featured Post:June.13: The leaders of Russia and Turkey have held talks behind closed doors in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. They attended the opening ceremony of the first European Games, before discussing energy projects and the Ukrainian conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counteroart recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed large energy projects, such asthe construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline and of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant,and the situation in Ukraine, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov revealed. The leaders confirmed their readiness to bring bilateral trade turnover between Russia and Turkey to $US 100 billion by 2020. In 2014, trade between the two countries exceeded $31 billion.
During a photo session that preceded the talks, the presidents didn’t talk much and only exchanged opinions about the previous day’s opening ceremony. The presidents agreed the ceremony was superb and wished success to the host team of Azerbaijan.
When President Erdogan remarked that none of the EU leaders had attended the event, President Putin replied: “As EU accession candidate, Turkey represented the whole of the European Union.”
The Russian delegation included Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, head of Gazprom Aleksey Miller, head of Rosatom nuclear monopoly Sergey Kirienko and the Russian president’s senior foreign policy adviser, Yury Ushakov.
In December 2014, after opposition from the EU, Russia announced the scrapping of the South Stream gas pipeline project that would have bypassed the current routes via Ukraine. Moscow presented a new project, the Turkish Stream – a gas pipeline that will pass through Turkey.
This new 1,100-kilometer transportation route will be laid out under the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey. It will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and the EU border. Europe will have to arrange a means of accessing the gas by itself.
The Turkish Stream will consist of four lines with a capacity of up to 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Some 16 billion will be reserved for Turkey; the rest will go to Europe when the necessary infrastructure is in place.
In 2014, Russia supplied 27.4 billion cubic meters of gas to Turkey, primarily through the Blue Stream pipeline that also passes across the Black Sea. Russia and Turkey agreed earlier to increase Blue Stream capacity from 16 to 19 billion cubic meters per year.
Tension between Moscow and Ankara had arisen after Putin attended the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), which took place in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
President Erdogan had threatened to withdraw the Turkish ambassador from Russia, but the meeting in Baku apparently diffused things. President Putin congratulated Erdogan on his party’s win in Turkey’s parliamentary elections on June 7.
#AceWorldNews – GREECE – April 13 – (RT) – Two people have been injured as Greeks rioted over the opening of shops on Sunday. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Athens’ main shopping district, resulting in clashes with riot police who tried to disperse the protesters with tear gas.
Local media reports stated that some 300 retail employees participated in the riots. Unconfirmed social media reports stated that as many as 1,000 participated. During the tension, balls were thrown at shop windows and banners reading “Never on Sunday” were unfurled on Ermou St., in the north-east of the capital, shattering them.
Demonstrators shouted slogans and called on people not to shop. Many retailers conceded to the demands of protesters and shut.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 11 – (Neonline) – The Greek government is about to use a drone to oversee its sea borders in the Aegean, one the of main avenues for immigration into the EU, in a pilot project. Athens’ Ministry of Shipping has issues a competition call for a drone that, according to the competition rules, has to be handed over to the authorities by the end of June.
Greece’s Shipping Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis recently revealed that the country is receiving around 1,000 immigrants a month through the eastern Aegean Sea. Immigration flows have intensified in the Aegean since Greece put up a fence to close off its land border with Turkey alongside the river Evros in the north-east of the country. Immigration flows have also been affected by the deterioration of conditions in Syria.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS – April 10 – A powerful explosion occurred Thursday morning in the centre of Athens in Greece. The explosive device was planted on a car parked in front of Bank of Greece, reports Associated Press.
Adjacent buildings and cars were damaged, though there were no casualties, report local media. According to reports, the incident occurred at 6:00 local time. At the time of the blast two security guards were in the building.
About 45 minutes before the explosion, unknown individuals called called the local Internet portal Zougla and notified of the blast to take place.
The moment of the explosion was caught on CCTV cameras, but the footage is of insignificant use due to insufficient lighting.
#AceWorldNews – ATHENS- April 5 – A magnitude 5.6 quake was reported in Greece on Friday. The quake, the epicenter of which was in the Aegean Sea near Hydra Island at a depth of 94.9 km, was felt in the country’s capital, central Greece, the Peloponnese Peninsula and Crete.
There were no reports about injured or damage.
Greece is one of the countries of the highest seismic activity in Europe.
Almost half of all the recorded quakes in Europe have taken place in its territory.
#AceWorldNews – GREECE – April 01 – Around 1,000 Golden Dawn supporters organised a pre-election rally in Athens, Monday, Ruptly reports.
The rally was held near Saint Panteleimonas Greek Orthodox church, which is an area of central Athens mostly populated by immigrants. Golden Dawn supporters sang the party’s anthem and held Greek and Golden Dawn flags.
Earlier on Monday, Antifascists organised a counter rally which was attended to by a high police presence.
Reporting the event (GreekReporter) said Golden Dawn won 18 seats in the Greek Parliament in the June elections and has continued to agitate against immigrants. Scores of civil rights groups, anti-racist movements and intellectuals, including Nobel laureates Dario Fo and Bernard Kouchner, walked through Athens in a silent march from the nation’s legislature to the Acropolis in what they called “a wake-up call” not only for the Greece, but other European nations facing rising tides of far-right extremism.
“We’re not denying the fact that Golden Dawn was elected to Parliament. Nor do we aspire to physically oust them from the chambers of democracy,” said Benjamin Abtan, the chief organizer and president of the European Grassroot Anti-racist Movement.
“But Greeks have to realize that they are neo-Nazis and that their success story will whet the appetite of other far-right extremists in Europe. Racism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism are growing without any strong and determined mobilizations from the democrats,” he said.
#AceWorldNews says scuffles broke out Friday between demonstrators and police outside the Finance Ministry in central Athens.
The protests took place as Greece’s international debt inspectors met with ministers to discuss the pace of fiscal reforms, AP said. Ministry cleaning staff, school guards and municipal workers were protesting job cuts required under Greece’s bailout agreement.
Riot police used small amounts of pepper spray as protesters attempted to block a major avenue in the capital’s main Syntagma Square outside the ministry.
More than a dozen protesters were earlier detained who attempted to enter another nearby government ministry.