Friday, February 12, 2016

US Navy Ready to Respond to European Demand for Protection Against Russia

Adm. John Richardson delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) at Naval Station Norfolk.

© Flickr/ Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations

US Chief of Naval Operations said that US Navy stands ready to respond to the changing demands of the European theater in response to concerns from its NATO counterparts.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The US Navy stands ready to respond to the changing demands of the European theater in response to concerns from its NATO counterparts, US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said on Friday.
"We will play a role in…responding to further demands that the [European] theater imposes, and I will be in close touch with our Navy commanders out there," Richardson said at an American Enterprise Institute conference.
He added that his European counterparts have raised "concern with this resurgent Russia, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean…the Black Sea, even the Caspian Sea."

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nuland to Visit Albania for Bilateral Discussions

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Kiev

Victoria Nuland will travel to Poland, Germany and Albania on February 10-14, where she will hold series of bilateral meetings.

Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey R. Pyatt at the Maidan Square in Kiev
© Sputnik/ Petr Zadorozhny
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland will travel to Poland, Germany and Albania on February 10-14, where she will hold series of bilateral meetings and attend a security conference, US Department of State said in a press release.
"On February 10, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will travel to Warsaw, Poland," the press release stated on Wednesday.
During the visit, Nuland will discuss bilateral and regional issues with senior government officials, leaders of political parties and members of civil society, according to the State Department.
On February 12-13, Nuland will participate in the Munich Security Conference in Germany together with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
After the Munich conference, Kerry and Nuland will visit Albania for further discussions with the country’s leadership about Tirana’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Meeting of Pope and Patriarch may avert WWIII

Iben ThranholmIben Thranholm examines political and social events with focus on their religious aspects, significance and moral implications. She is one of Denmark’s most widely read columnists on such matters. Thranholm is a former editor and radio host at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), at which she created a religious news program that set a new standard for religious analysis in the newsroom. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Italy, the United States and Russia to carry out research and interviews. She has been awarded for her investigative research into Danish media coverage of religious issues. 
The meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba on February 12 may turn out to be not only the most significant ecclesiastical event, but one of the most momentous political events in recent years.
Since the schism of 1054 when the church separated into an Eastern and Western part, the differences have been irreconcilable and the two have not engaged in any dialogue. Leaders, political and military, know the strategy of divide and conquer. Although the Eastern Church, as well as its Western sister, has seen enormous development after the schism and has created cultural progress, the rule that division weakens an entity also applies to Christianity.
The church in Russia was oppressed and weakened under the Communist regime, and the Western church has been engaged in a struggle against the tide of secularization and the religion of scientism since the Enlightenment. In recent times both parts of the church have been under pressure, culminating now in persecution of Christians on a massive scale.
This trend is global, but is particularly severe in the Middle East, where ISIS commits horrible atrocities against Christians, as well as monasteries and churches. The persecution even threatens to remove Christianity from the lands whence the faith originated.
The persecutions in the Middle East are the immediate cause of the meeting. According to the Pope’s spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi and Metropolitan Hilarion, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, the meeting has been considered for a number of years. Nonetheless, the announcement was a surprise when it was made, just one week before it was to take place. As recently as January this year, Hilarion denied that a meeting was being planned. Now it seems the political situation in the Middle East, the horrible persecution of Christians and the threat of destruction of the Christian community in the region have compelled the Pope and the Patriarch to agree to meet as soon as possible.
The meeting is intended to produce a joint declaration signed by both church leaders. Its character will not be theological, as dialogue in this area is held within the framework of the International Commission for dialogue between the Catholic Church and all the Orthodox Churches. It will be a statement on the various aspects of cooperation and shared testimony that the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church can offer the world today. In particular, it will address the problem of persecution of Christians in the Middle East, but also the issues of secularization, the protection of life, marriage and the family.
This means that the meeting springs from the need and desire of the churches to form a joint front, or joint ministry to a world disintegrating before our eyes: moral decay, political depravity and dissolution of values. World War III looms like darkness threatening to engulf us all with the rising tension in Syria and Turkey, Western proxy wars and Russia’s intervention. Not to mention the growing tensions between the West and Russia springing from the crisis in Ukraine.
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The Syrian Christians, father and daughter, are visiting their house abandoned them during the military action in the center of Homs. © RIA Novosti  
Russia – a game changer for global Christianity
The two leaders present an example to the entire world when they meet, because they choose to set aside ecclesiastical disagreement to achieve a greater good. The churches have had their own Ukraine crisis for years.
When the Communist regime started falling apart and loosening its grip in the late 1980s, the Russian Orthodox Church emerged once more to play the role in society it had once held, but there were complaints that the Roman Catholic Church had begun proselytizing in the traditional Orthodox areas. The Roman Catholic Church maintains that it made no active efforts to convert members from other Christian communities, which is the definition of proselytizing. No proof of aggressive proselytizing has ostensibly been presented, but the question of the presence and work of the Greek Catholic Church in the traditional Russian Orthodox area of Ukraine has remained problematic, and the controversy persists.
The ability of the patriarch and the pope to rise above their disagreements to address the far more serious problem of persecution of Christians offers an example to be emulated by politicians. Uniting to overcome a greater evil is the solution the global community ought now to pursue. A fragmented Western world will be fatally unable to stand up to radical Islam. Which other Christian voice can now speak with the authority needed when liberal democracy is becoming increasingly feeble in its struggle against radicalized Islam?
A church united on this matter can therefore achieve enormous political impact without casting the Patriarch or the Pope in the role of world politicians. The Pope is the head of over 1.25 billion Catholics and the Patriarch is head of about 164 million Orthodox Christians, whose conscience, faith, hope and charity these two leaders influence. Their message is not political, their message is moral and spiritual and has an enormous impact on the way society develops and people act towards other people. The spiritual and moral factor in social affairs and world politics is crucial when it comes to averting war, solving conflicts and ending dictatorial regimes, quite possibly more so than political initiatives. If churches divided for more than a millennium show themselves capable of surmounting their differences, they provide a powerful testimony to the world that is difficult to ignore, its influence must be felt. This reconciliation brings renewed hope of peace and reconciliation of an order that no merely political system would be able to provide.
The Church has already demonstrated in recent history that it has the ability to have an impact on history and end totalitarian regimes. Today, leading historians agree the Berlin Wall would not have come down the way it did without former Pope John Paul II. While Communism still held sway, this Pope – who made great efforts to reconcile the divided church – visited Poland on several occasions, at which he reminded Poles of their Christian identity and faith, with the Gospel’s familiar message: “Fear not!”. The moral and spiritual strength this gave the people was the factor that gave them strength to bring down the Wall. The churches in DDR also provided a forum of free speech that eventually caused the demise of the regime. Similarly, the celebration of the millennium anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988, permitted by Gorbachev, provided significant impetus for the end of Communism and the Soviet Union. The regime in the Kremlin met its final collapse during the week when the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Even Joseph Stalin had to obtain the support of the Orthodox Church to achieve victory over Nazism in the Great Patriotic War.
No matter how tragic the cause of the summit meeting between the Patriarch and the Pope, the savage slaughter of Christians, it must be remembered that the church in ancient Rome grew strong and achieved influence on society on the basis of the testimony and blood of the martyrs. In a similar way, the Christians sacrificed by ISIS now help heal more than a thousand years of schism between the two churches. The foundation of the Christian faith is that sacrifice brought in love brings the fruit of peace, reconciliation and healing. This historic meeting – with the good will brought by the Patriarch and the Pope – may help transform the world and snatch peace from the jaws of the chaos that currently threatens to engulf us all. The significance of the meeting therefore vastly exceeds the relationship between Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians. A strong Christian voice and a united church is what world needs now to avert a third world war, at a time when politicians are exposed as bankrupt and impotent in the face of evil.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Migrant Crisis May Cost Greece $680 Million This Year

Cost could rise further if many migrants are blocked by Balkan border closures


ATHENS—Greece will have to spend some 0.3% of its gross domestic product, or €600 million ($677.82 million), to deal with the refugee crisis this year, according to a report conducted by the Bank of Greece.
At the same time, the Greek government is bracing itself for the Balkan border closures, which would potentially block asylum seekers’ exit from Greece and push up the country’s costs even further.
According to a senior Greek official, the country’s central bank has conducted a survey, which hasn’t been made public, to calculate the amount of public money needed to deal with the influx of migrants and refugees.
Some 35.7% of the total funds will be used to operate reception facilities, while the search and rescue cost amounts to 26.3% of the whole budget. The report said that the portion of costs covered by European Union funds is still to be determined.
Greece is the main gateway to Europe for hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries, as well as large numbers of other migrants from Asia and Africa, who set off from Turkey.
About 857,000 refugees and other migrants entered the EU through Greece in 2015, risking a dangerous sea crossing that has led to almost daily drownings. Another 68,000 people have landed in Greece so far in 2016.
Europe is increasing pressure on Greece to better manage the influx of migrants, as the continent struggles to avoid a repeat of last year’s massive wave of migration. But as plans to stem the human influx flounder, the possibility of Balkan border closures increases.
Greece’s government is preparing itself and public opinion for that possibility. On Wednesday, Greece’s Vice President Yannis Dragasakis and Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that the country should be prepared for migrants to be trapped in the country because of border closures by its neighbors.
“We have to be prepared for every scenario, even for borders closing,” Mr. Dragasakis told local TV.
Mr. Mouzalas said that this would be a “unilateral action,” but it would be a manageable problem, as flows would immediately be reduced and he estimated that no more than 50,000 refugees and migrants will be trapped in Greece.
“Those building up fences are wrong; by closing the borders at Idomeni, we lose the only way to control refugees flows in Europe,” the minister added.
The commission also warned Greece Wednesday that borders may be sealed off completely if the flow isn’t reduced and demanded “better control of the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”
On Thursday Mr. Mouzalas told parliament that the amount of money required to deal with the refugee crisis might rise to €1 billion in 2016. The minister said the EU funds allocated for Greece have yet to be received due to bureaucracy at national and EU level, and claimed that the delay in disbursement is being used to pressure Greece to accept a far greater number of migrants and refugees.
He added that these funds, when received, will be enough to build and operate the required registration centers for six or seven months.
But apart from that, according to the Bank of Greece report, the country will have to deal with additional costs that are hard to quantify in advance, such as the effects it would have on the country’s economic activity and especially on the tourism sector.
The large migrant flows led to cancellations of flights to the Aegean islands, where asylum seekers first set foot in Europe, by tour operators last year.
According to the report, this is expected to continue in 2016 and have spillover effects on tourism in other regions of the country.
Restrictions in the cross-border traffic of products are expected to weigh on trade, leading to further economic uncertainty and adding another risk factor to Greece’s outlook. It could also further avert possible foreign investments in the region.
Further costs may arise from the need to further expand the capacity of the reception facilities to accommodate refugees and migrants, as many will have to remain in Greece.
The Bank of Greece report also notes that steps need to be taken to integrate migrants and refugees into the labor market. In order for that to happen, a proper evaluation system of the asylum seekers’ skills should be adopted. Those remaining in Greece should also be distributed across the region after taking into consideration the labor market needs and their qualifications.
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Russia’s PM Medvedev Warns of New War if US, Arab Troops Invade Syria

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

© Sputnik/ Dmitry Astakhov

As Turkey and Saudi Arabia edge closer to sending ground forces into Syria at the behest of the United States, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that an escalation of the conflict could lead to world war.

During an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, Medvedev warned of dire consequences if the United States and its allies abandon Syrian peace talks in favor of deploying ground forces.
"All ground operations, as a rule, lead to permanent wars," he said. "Look at what is going on in Afghanistan and a number of other countries. I don’t even mention the ill-fated Libya.
"The Americans must consider — both the US president and our Arab partners — whether or not they want a permanent war."
All sides should instead focus on implementing peace talks.
"We must make everyone sit down to the negotiating table, and we can do it by using, among other things, the harsh measures that are being implemented by Russia, the Americans, and even, with all reservations, the Turks, rather than start yet another war in the world."
Any direct involvement by foreign players on behalf of the Syrian opposition will only worsen the violence.
"We may differ in our opinions of certain political leaders but it is not a good enough reason to begin intervention or to stir up unrest from within."
Moscow has long-stressed the need to support the legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against terrorism. Working alongside the Syrian Army, Russian airstrikes have had a severe impact on Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State.
"…We must sit down at the same table, but our partners avoid this," Medvedev said. "That is, there have been some occasional meetings, telephone conversations and contacts between our militaries. But in this situation we should create a full-scale alliance to fight this evil."
The Prime Minister also criticized Europe’s handling of the migrant crisis. The continent is facing an increased risk of terrorist attack because of its decision to open its borders, and this only highlights the need for international cooperation against terrorism.
"Some of these people — and it’s not just a few strange individuals or utter scoundrels, but hundreds and possibly thousands — are entering Europe as potential time bombs, and they will fulfill their missions as robots when they are told to," he said.
"We are not trying to rule the world or impose our regulations on it, though we are accused regularly of having such ambitions” he added. “That is not so — we are a pragmatic people who realise that no one can shoulder responsibility for the whole world, not even the United States of America."

Russia's Rogozin banned from entering Montenegro

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, invited by the opposition DEmocratic Front (DF), "will not be able to visit Montenegro."
Source: Beta
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)
This has been announced by the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations, who said Rogozin was on a list of Russian citizens banned from entering Montenegro, based on the government's decision to join EU's anti-Russia sanctions.
It has also been stated that Rogozin was invited to Montenegro by DF representative Milan Knezevic, "without any consultations with competent organs of Montenegro."

Beta agency is reporting that "Montenegro accepted the sanctions introduced against Russia by western countries over the Ukrainian crisis," and that Rogozin "in the past on several occasions made threatening statements toward Montenegro due to its orientation to join NATO."

EU Hypocrisy + Refugees = Balkanization?

As the refugee crisis drags on, the Balkans are being crushed between authoritarian Turkey and dithering Europe. by Martin Ehl 11 February 2016 Former Portuguese European secretary Bruno Macaes escaped after the fall of his government to write a book on political philosophy in which he probes the difference between Europe and Asia.

Currently he is traveling through the countries on the border between the two continents. Arriving from Tehran and on his way to Baku, Macaes was a guest of the Germia Hill conference, a small international gathering in Pristina last week, where he advanced the following thesis: “Maybe Western and Central Europe is now converging with the Balkans, but it should be the other way around.”

The word “balkanization” has been trotted out quite often in the vocabulary of international relations for some time. The reason is that the Balkans look even more overburdened with historical conflicts than our good old Central Europe.

But now most of the Balkan peninsula (the western Balkans in euro-jargon for the former Yugoslavia plus Albania) is again a key region for European security as fearful politicians watch the oncoming stream of migrants through those countries.

And Central European post-communist politicians are much more eager than their more politically correct Western colleagues to help Balkan countries build a wall against the tide, which they see as a surprisingly robust threat to European unity.

Balkan countries like Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania are in a delicate situation.

Over the years they have been promised membership of the European Union and NATO as a reward for their reforms. But quite often they lack basic, independent public institutions and are not able to offer their citizens a decent standard of living.

It is almost forgotten that last year’s refugee wave started in January and February with approximately 50,000 Kosovans traveling through Hungary to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, seeking the better life enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of their relatives already there.

But now Kosovo and other Balkan countries are declared to be safe – allowing Germany and other countries to send back their failed asylum seekers – and furthermore, they have become partners in the task of protecting the EU, which is again exporting its need for security somewhere else instead of facing the challenge head-on.

Three billion euros to Turkey is a big and very visible package of aid to help dampen the refugee crisis, while Balkan smugglers in Macedonia or Albania are already preparing for big business and EU flags are nowhere to be seen there when it comes to managing the massive influx of people.

EU members are helping Macedonia and other post-Yugoslav countries on a bilateral basis, sending equipment and police and hoping it will be enough to stop the nightmare.

During the debates in Pristina last week it was clear that the Balkan countries, with all their flaws and instability, are well aware that the situation could be dangerous for them as well.

Elections are coming up this spring in Serbia and Macedonia. If Europe closes its borders – as some Central European EU member states (and some German politicians) counsel – migrants would begin to back up in those countries. In that scenario it would be only a matter of time before the migrant issue became ripe for misuse during the electioneering.

According to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, the EU has only until March to solve the refugee issue before the Schengen passport-free area collapses.

Kosovo and Bosnia are coping with domestic Islamic radicalization and the whole region is watching as the security vacuum left in the Balkans by the West in the last few years is filled by Turkey and its more or less visible presence.

Bruno Macaes’s view on the balkanization of Europe includes one delicate element: The EU’s ability to act is paralyzed not only by its own political fragility and complexity, but also by the frequently fallacious use of politically correct language.

The old members are accusing the new ones and prospective Balkan incomers of rising xenophobia and nationalism – thus helping to re-create the old East-West divide – at the same time as they team up with the authoritarian Turkish president. With Turkey being a long-time EU membership candidate, post-communist politicians might feel that double standards are being applied.

The collision of these two contradictory and hypocritical approaches could occur in the fragile states of the (western) Balkans. That could prolong and deepen the political stalemate in Macedonia between government and opposition or endanger the functioning of the new war-crimes tribunal in Kosovo.

This divisive European approach is not a new one. We saw it applied during the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo 20 years ago. Those conflicts were decided by the involvement of American realpolitik, not by Europeans. And we now witness again the same European blindness towards reality on the ground.
Martin Ehl
is the foreign editor of the Czech daily 
Hospodarske noviny. He tweets at @MartinCZV4EU.

The Warship To End All Battles

Britain's naval elite design their ideal stealth ship
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In 1906, the Royal Navy rendered all other battleships obsolete when it unveiled the HMS Dreadnought: a steam-powered fighting vessel with 12-inch guns and cement-reinforced armor. This past summer, British naval engineers revealed a vision of its successor, the Dreadnought 2050.
The stealthy, semisubmersible ship is designed to move agilely around a battle zone and remain flexible in any type of mission, says Mark Steel, a manager of the Combat Systems Team at BMT Defence Services, a naval design firm involved in the project.
The battleship could function with a crew as small as 50, as opposed to the usual 200. It would serve as a mobile command center, unleashing and directing armies of drones, missiles, and rovers. “Robotics allows us to operate the ship at range to keep people out of harm’s way,” Steel says.
Here are its components:

1. Moon Pool

The moon pool—a floodable dock area at the ship’s stern—would allow for the rapid deployment of unmanned underwater rovers or Royal Marine divers.

2. Drone Launcher

An extendable flight deck and hangar would enable the launch of remotely piloted drones, many of which could be 3-D-printed on board.
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3. Tethered Quadcopter

Above the ship, a hovering quadcopter would provide 360-degree visibility. Its sensors could capture emissions at frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum to detect enemy ships. A cryogenically cooled tether made of carbon nanotubes would transmit energy from the ship to keep it flying. Also, the quadcopter could be equipped with lasers that could take out close-range threats, such as enemy missiles, craft, or pirates that have slipped past the ship’s other defenses.

4. See-Through Strength

The ship’s hulls would be made of ultra-strong acrylic coated in graphene (the material’s hydrophobic properties cut down on drag). “Smart windows” would change to translucent when a certain amount of voltage is applied, allowing unobstructed views of close-in operations.
Courtesy/copyright 2015 Startpoint
In addition to the main hull, two outrigger hulls, or armas, would contain tubes for launching torpedoes.

5. Stealth Propulsion

To propel the ship, a fusion reactor (or, if that fails to materialize, highly efficient turbines) would drive silent electric motors. Dreadnought would also be the first surface fighting ship able to use ballast to lower parts of the ship below water, making it harder to detect with radar or infrared.

6. Holo-Op Room

Inside the Dreadnought’s control room, commanders could zoom in and out of battles using a holographic command table. This would offer a 3-D view of a battle in real time from any vantage point—in the air, on the ocean’s surface, on land, or even underwater.
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7. Firepower Trifecta

First, the ship would be armed with hypersonic missiles capable of knocking out would-be attackers.
Second, it would have super-cavitating torpedoes. These rocket-propelled weapons move so fast, they vaporize the water around them to create a nearly frictionless air bubble. These could pursue enemy ships at speeds of 300-plus knots.
Third, an electromagnetic railgun could fire projectiles hundreds of miles, comparable to today’s long-range missiles.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Greek navy chopper missing in eastern Aegean


A Greek navy helicopter was reported missing in the area of Kinaros, west of the southern Aegean island of Leros, in the early hours of Thursday, authorities announced.

According to initial reports, the helicopter was participating in a night mission with two pilots and an engineer.

A large-scale operation was under way in the area on Thursday morning. Taking part in the rescue efforts were a C-130 military transport plane and a Super Puma helicopter, among others.

Iran ready to expand cooperation with EU, Greece: President Rouhani

 Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran is ready to expand cooperation with European Union, including Greece and that strengthening relations and cooperation between Tehran and Athens are beneficial for both nations. President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran.

Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) meets Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, February 8, 2016.
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Referring to growing ties between Tehran-Athens, President Rouhani said that Iran does not consider Greece only a member of EU, at the same time, the two countries made major contribution to the world scientific development.
President Rouhani said that Iran and Greece have wide-range economic capabilities to develop cooperation in all economic, cultural and academic areas.
He underlined necessity of more cooperation between Iran and EU in fight against terrorism and said that it needs a firm resolve of the international community.
Unfortunately, in spite of widescale economic potentials, some western governments have not shown necessary resolve in international campaign against terrorism and currently, a number of states are trying to use terrorists for their short term interests.

President Rouhani expressed Iran's readiness for more consultations and collaboration with EU and Greece in the field of confrontation with terrorism.
He said that countries supporting terrorism should be convinced that instrumental use of terrorists is wrong and useless and terrorism will finally damage their own interests as well.
He said that the governments must actively participate in strengthening peace and stability in the region and that the international community should try to cut the channels for the financial and arsenal assistance to terrorists.
Tsipras underlined his country's resolve for expansion of all-out ties with Iran and said that although Greece is a member of EU, it will work beyond the EU framework with Iran.
He said that Greek companies by support of European banks are interested in joint venture investment in Iran in all fields, especially shipping industry, housing and services sectors.
The Greek premier said that cooperation and coordination between countries for fight against terrorism are necessary and that considering Iran's excellent role in regional stability, Greece will stand by Tehran.
Tsipras expressed his country's readiness for establishment direct flight between Tehran and Athens and development of tourism relations between the two countries.
Iran, Greece ink 3 cooperation agreements
Iran and Greece have signed agreements on developing bilateral cooperation, an MoU on political cooperation and diplomatic visa waiver. Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were present in the signing cermony.
Jahangiri officially welcomed Greek Prime Minister in Sa'dabad Complex on Monday morning.
Tsipras arrived in the central city of Isfahan late on Saturday night, heading a high ranking politico-economic delegation.
Adopting a multilateral and open policy, Greece aims at developing ties with other countries and especially with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Jailing of ex French Foreign Legion chief over anti-migrant rally ‘could stir revolt’

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The French government made a mistake detaining General Christian Piquemal during anti-migrant protests in Calais, as many people are aware there are a lot of illegal migrants who have broken French law by arriving in the country, experts say.
An anti-migrant rally banned by the French government took place in the town of Calais on Saturday. The rally was organized by the PEGIDA movement. Several protesters were arrested. A former commander of the French Foreign Legion General Christian Piquemal, 75 - who spoke at the rally - was among those taken into custody. All could face up to a year in prison and should have appeared in court on Monday in Boulogne-sur-mer. However the appearance of Piquemal has been postponed after the retired general was taken to the hospital.
Yvan Blot, former member of the National Front and European Parliament, and a friend of the General told RT he was surprised by the arrests in Calais. In his view, many of the migrants broke the law to getting into France, but remain free, whilst those who came to rally against the situation get arrested.
“General Piquemal is a friend of mine, and I am a former member of parliament for the constituency of Calais. So I know the situation in Calais.  It is [a big] scandal in fact. I am very shocked,” he said. In Blot’s opinion “the government made a real mistake.” 
Many people are now speaking out in defense of Christian Piquemal; that’s “because two thirds of the citizens in France” are against the number of the immigrants allowed into the country, said Blot. 
“They are not against foreigners,” he said. “But they think there are too many immigrants and the majority of them come here in [violation] of French law.”
“A lot of people who are from the right, or from the left, who think there are too many immigrants; a lot of them – not all naturally – [commit] crimes. If you go to French prisons, you will see the majority of the people are very often foreigners who are illegally in our country,” he added.
Former MEP Blot suggests it’s unlikely the retired four-star general would get a prison term.
“If it was the case, there could be a big revolt within the French population, perhaps within the army, because General Piquemal … is the glory of the French army,” he said. “It would be a big mistake for the government after the arrest to put him into the jail for a long time.”
Nicolas Dhuicq, a member of the National Assembly of France, says the case got a lot of public support because people “know that reality is difficult,” but they also “know the General needs to be respected.”
“You need to respect the function of the retired four-star general who commanded the most brilliant of all French units,” he added.
“What surprises me is the way he was arrested, because the Foreign Legion is not a regular unit, as you know, it’s the pride of all the French Army... The government would have been wiser to do things in a much more honorable manner than this way on the streets,” the MP said.
READ MORE: Ex-French Foreign Legion commander arrested at anti-Islam rally, due in court on Monday
In Dhuicq’s view, the government applies double standards in dealing with pro- and anti-refugee demonstrations.
“The second thing which is infuriating people is that you have the feeling that, when you demonstrate against Calais and immigration, you’re brutally arrested; and when you demonstrate for it, everything is open and tolerated,” he told RT.
According to Dhuicq, the growing anti-refugee sentiment spreading among all sections of society is not a question of the right and left, but rather the way people in France feel.
“We are paying the fact that we are following the Americans in their totally disgraceful politics in the Middle East,” he said. “The best thing to do will be to lift the embargo on Syria, because the embargo is destroying businesses in Syria and forcing people to migrate. So the right answer is, again, for France to have true French sovereign foreign policy.”

Founding Members Say European Union Could Split Over 'Challenging Times'

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The six founding members of the EU have said they are "concerned" about the state of the European project which is facing "very challenging times" and have hinted at a division in the union, with some splitting off into a more integrated EU than others.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands met on February 9 to discuss the three major issues facing the EU: terrorism, refugees and the Eurozone. In a communique following the meeting, they said:
"As Europe is approaching the 60th anniversary of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community on 25 March 2017, we are concerned about the State of the European project. Indeed, it appears to be facing very challenging times."
As Europe struggles to reach any agreement on a collective response to the refugee crisis, the Schengen agreement is looking shaky, with concerns that it could be suspended for up to two years, after many member states closed their borders in response to the biggest influx of migrants since the Second World War.
There have been disagreements over the wisdom of German Chancellor Angela Merkel declaring her country’s doors – and therefore Europe’s – open to refugees, which exacerbated the situation. Many in the EU feel that aid is better given to refugees in the vicinity of their country of origin, in preparation for their return after the war torn countries – such as Syria and Iraq – have stabilized.
The founder members stated that "a better management of the Union's external borders is essential in order to make them more secure without hampering the fluidity of movement and the Schengen acquis."
Ever Closer Union?
There is also concern that the Schengen borderless zone has caused a rising threat from terrorism because of lack of border checks. It has led to Islamic terrorists sympathetic to Daesh, also known as ISIL, traveling freely around Europe and capable of carrying out attacks such as those in Paris on November 13, 2015.
Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Cyprus and – three times – Greece needed financial bailouts because they could not pay off their government debt, which has led to calls for Eurozone members to form a club-within-a-club in the EU. UK's Prime Minister – himself attempting to convince a deeply Euroskeptic country not to leave the EU in an In/Out referendum due, possibly as early as June 2016 – has warned that non-Eurozone countries must not be discriminated against, if they decide to draw further together. Cameron is now negotiating an opt out from the principle of 'ever closer union'.
However, the communique from the founding states warns of exactly that — a split between those who want further integration and those that do not.
"We firmly believe that the European Union remains the best answer we have for today's challenges and allows for different paths of integration. We remain resolved to continue the process of creating an ever closer union among the people of Europe," the statement said.

Γιατί… βάλλουν εναντίον του Έλληνα Πρέσβη στα Τίρανα?


Την προηγούμενη βδομάδα ο επικεφαλής του Διπλωματικού σώματος της Ελλάδας στην Αλβανία, Πρέσβης κ. Λεωνίδας Ροκανάς, έγινε στόχος επίθεσης μερίδας των σόσιαλ μίντια και του έντυπου Τύπου στην Ελλάδα. Όμως και ένας απλός αναγνώστης καταλαβαίνει ότι οι κατηγορίες εναντίον του δεν ευσταθούν. Τέτοιες δημοσιεύσεις απαιτούν μεγαλύτερη ευθύνη, όταν πρόκειται να επιπλήξεις τη διπλωματική υπηρεσία της χώρας σου σε μια τρίτη χώρα, ειδικά στην Αλβανία που τρέφει μονίμως την εθνική της υπόσταση με ανθελληνισμό.
Τα στοιχεία και επιχειρήματα βεβαιώνουν ότι εκείνοι που
υποκίνησαν τα δημοσιεύματα κατά του Έλληνα Πρέσβη στα Τίρανα, έχουν άλλους λόγους, οι οποίοι δυστυχώς στρέφονται κατά των κοινών εθνικών συμφερόντων.
Οι κατηγορίες κατά του πρέσβη
Όπως λοιπόν αναφέρουν, ο Πρέσβης της Ελλάδας στα Τίρανα ενοικίασε την νέα πρεσβευτική κατοικία από ιδιοκτήτη ο οποίος είναι «ο μεγαλύτερος καταπατητής ακίνητης περιουσίας που ανήκει σε ομογενείς της Χιμάρας» (!).  Πρόκειται για τον Σαϊμιρ Μάνε, ο οποίος, κατά τα δημοσιεύματα, «οικειοποίησε παράνομα 278.000 τ.μ. στην παραλία του χωριού Παλάσα, της Χιμάρας».
Η δεύτερη κατηγορία αναφέρει ότι η ενοικίαση της νέας πρεσβευτικής κατοικίας έγινε με ιδιαίτερα υψηλό μίσθωμα, γεγονός, που, κατά τους αρθρογράφους, αποτελεί πρόκληση «σε μια εποχή ιδιαίτερα δύσκολη οικονομικά για την Ελλάδα».
Η τρίτη κατηγορία αφορά στο γεγονός ότι η κατοικία του πρέσβη της Ελλάδας έγινε αντικείμενο ρεπορτάζ σε τηλεοπτική εκπομπή μεγάλου τηλεοπτικού καναλιού  στα Τίρανα.
Συκοφάντηση υστερόβουλων…
Ας ξεκινήσουμε από τον τρίτο ισχυρισμό - «κατηγορία». Πρόκειται για ένα πετυχημένο ημίωρο στην εκπομπή με μεγάλη ακροαματικότητα, «Δεν πρόκειται απλώς για μόδα», στο τηλεοπτικό κανάλι παναλβανικής εμβέλειας KLAN.
Ο Πρέσβης της Ελλάδας κατάφερε να μεταφέρει στο αλβανικό κοινό την ελληνική αξιοπρέπεια σε όλο της το μεγαλείο. Να διαμηνύσει ότι ο ελληνικός πολιτισμός αποτελεί το ισχυρό διαχρονικό όπλο του Έλληνα που υπερβαίνει κάθε είδους κρίσης. Κατάφερε να προβάλλει το μορφωτικό και διανοητικό επίπεδο του Έλληνα Διπλωμάτη, τον τρόπο σκέψης του για τον πολιτισμό, την τέχνη και τα γράμματα και το ρόλο τους στην καθημερινή ζωή ενός λαού σε μια εξελιγμένη και ευρωπαϊκή κοινωνία, διαμηνύοντας ακόμα ότι μέσα από αυτές τις συντεταγμένες βλέπει η Ελλάδα τις σχέσεις με την Αλβανία και τον αλβανικό λαό. Όλο το ρεπορτάζ αποτελούσε μέρος της κινητικότητας του Έλληνα πρέσβη στα Τίρανα για να είναι συνεχώς παρών στα δρώμενα της ζωής στην Αλβανία (διπλωματικά, πολιτικά και κοινωνικά).
Όσον αφορά στη δεύτερη κατηγορία, το υψηλό μίσθωμα στην ενοικίαση της πρεσβευτικής κατοικίας, η έρευνα αποδεικνύει ότι το ενοίκιο της νέας κατοικίας, σε σύγκριση με την προηγούμενη, είναι 50% πιο χαμηλό. Είναι αληθές ότι η νέα πρεσβευτική κατοικία, βρίσκεται στο νεότευκτο πολυτελές συγκρότημα των Τιράνων, όπου διαμένει η αφρόκρεμα της πολιτικής και οικονομικής ζωής της Αλβανίας.
Ακριβώς αυτή η πραγματικότητα όμως αναιρεί τη μιζερολογία των δημοσιευμάτων που θέλουν να ταυτίσουν την πρεσβευτική κατοικία, η οποία αφορά την αξιοπρέπεια της ελληνικής εξωτερικής πολιτικής, με μια κοινή κατοικία στην αλβανική πρωτεύουσα.
Αναφορικά με την πρώτη κατηγορία, είναι αληθές ότι ο ιδιοκτήτης των διαμερισμάτων είναι από τους ισχυρότερους ανθρώπους στη χώρα. Ως τέτοιος όμως, είναι από τους λίγους που πουλάει και ενοικιάζει κατοχυρωμένες με το νόμο κατοικίες!
Για την «κατηγορία», τέλος, ότι ο ιδιοκτήτης του συγκροτήματος Σ. Μάνε αποτελεί τον «μεγαλύτερο καταπατητή της ακίνητης περιουσίας ομογενών στη Χιμάρα», η έρευνα αποδεικνύει ότι ο κ. Μάνε αγόρασε την διαφαινόμενη έκταση των 278.000 τ.μ. από δύο ομογενείς στην Παλάσα.
Εκείνοι αναγνωρίστηκαν ως ιδιοκτήτες της έκτασης αυτής με πλαστογραφημένα έγγραφα, αφαιρώντας έτσι περιουσίες άλλων ομογενών.
Οι υπογραφές που νομιμοποιούν την πλαστογράφηση (από τρία στρέμματα σε 130 και 80 στρέμματα), ανήκουν σ’ αυτούς που στα δημοσιεύματα κατά του Πρέσβη, παρουσιάζονται ως υποστηρικτές των περιουσιών των ομογενών στη Χιμάρα.
Η έρευνα αποκαλύπτει επίσης το διοικητικό και νομικό μηχανισμό, που είχαν στήσει τα ίδια πρόσωπα και από τη λειτουργία του οποίου δεκάδες ομογενείς έχασαν τις περιουσίες τους.
Οι λόγοι της επίθεσης
Ακριβώς εδώ θα πρέπει να αναζητηθούν και οι λόγοι επίθεσης κατά του Πρέσβη της Ελλάδας. Ο κ. Λεωνίδας Ροκανάς από τότε που ανέλαβε καθήκοντα στην πρεσβεία στα Τίρανα, διαπίστωσε ότι η ακίνητη περιουσία των ομογενών, κυρίως σε κοινοτικά βοσκοτόπια, δάση, οικόπεδα, αλλά και σε καλλιεργήσιμη γη κινδυνεύει από τις υφαρπαγές με πλαστά χαρτιά των Αλβανών δήθεν πρώην ιδιοκτητών. Για την αποτροπή του κινδύνου ζήτησε αποδεικτικά με τις παραβάσεις αυτές, κυρίως από τη Χιμάρα.
Όμως, αυτοί που στα δημοσιεύματα κατά του Πρέσβη παρουσιάζονται ως υπερασπιστές των περιουσιών των ομογενών, δεν κατέθεσαν ποτέ κανένα φάκελο με καταπατήσεις τέτοιου είδους.
Η έρευνα διαπιστώνει ότι το Διπλωματικό μας Σώμα στην Αλβανία βρήκε τον τρόπο να ενημερωθεί και για τους Έλληνες μειονοτικούς υπεύθυνους αυτής της εθνικής καταστροφής και αυτή η εξέλιξη ανησυχεί τώρα αυτούς που αντιδρούν.
Ο Πρέσβης της Ελλάδας στα Τίρανα έδωσε εντολή ώστε το Γενικό Προξενείο της Ελλάδας στο Αργυρόκαστρο να παρακολουθεί όλες τις δίκες με αντικείμενο εκδίκασης τα ακίνητα που ανήκουν στις κοινότητες της εθνικής Ελληνικής Μειονότητας και υφαρπάζονται από τους δήθεν Αλβανούς πρώην ιδιοκτήτες. Στις δίκες αυτές διαπιστώνεται ότι εμπλέκονται και ιθύνοντες της Μειονότητας που ανήκουν στη κατηγορία των αρθρογράφων.
Ο κ. Ροκανάς έκοψε κυριολεκτικά τα πόδια σε όλους τους ιθύνοντες της Ελληνικής Μειονότητας που πολιτογραφούσαν αλβανικές οικογένειες στις περιοχές με αμιγή ελληνικό πληθυσμό και στη συνέχεια φρόντιζαν, ασφαλώς με το αζημίωτο, να τους εξασφαλίσουν ελληνικές εθνικές βίζες για να γίνουν και Έλληνες πολίτες.
Απέκλεισε όλο εκείνο το δίκτυο Ελλήνων μειονοτικών πολιτικών που ήθελαν να εξασφαλίσουν την πολιτική τους επιβίωση συντηρώντας ένα κλίμα τεχνητής αντιπαράθεσης μεταξύ Ελλάδας και Αλβανίας.
Τα στοιχεία αυτά και άλλα, λοιπόν, αποκαλύπτουν πλήρως τους πραγματικούς λόγους γιατί με ύπουλο τρόπο κάποιοι Έλληνες ομογενείς στην Αλβανία πλήττουν (δημοσιογραφικά) κάτω από τη μέση τον Έλληνα πρέσβη…

We'll send in the warships, says Nato: Vessels set to patrol the Aegean Sea in attempt to stop migrants crossing

  • German chancellor called allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast
  • Defence ministers are considering military action to stop people smugglers
  • Decision could be seen as admission that EU has failed to tackle the influx
  • Downing Street refused to comment on whether British vessels are sent
  • For more on the EU refugee crisis visit
Warships will be deployed to stop migrants crossing the Aegean Sea to Europe, under a plan to be discussed by Nato defence chiefs today.
German chancellor Angela Merkel last night called on allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast in a dramatic escalation of the response to the crisis.
Today at a meeting in Brussels, defence ministers will consider the request – supported by Turkey – for military action aimed at preventing people-smuggling gangs sending boatloads to Greek islands.
German chancellor Angela Merkel last night called on allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos) in a dramatic escalation of the response to the crisis
German chancellor Angela Merkel last night called on allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos) in a dramatic escalation of the response to the crisis
A decision to intervene by the 28 Nato members, including Britain, will be seen as an admission that the EU has failed to tackle the problem.
Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg last night said its members 'see the need to manage and to tackle the human tragedy' caused by the migrant crisis.
'I think we will take very seriously the request from Turkey and other allies to look into what Nato can do to help them cope and deal with the crisis and all the challenges they face, not least in Turkey,' he added.
Germany and Turkey put forward the appeal for military intervention after Mrs Merkel flew to Ankara to meet with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. 
She said they had agreed the Nato defence ministers' meeting should discuss how the alliance 'can be helpful with the surveillance situation' in the Mediterranean and assist the Turkish coast guard and EU border agency.
German chancellor Angela Merkel last night called on allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos after crossing Aegean)
German chancellor Angela Merkel last night called on allies to send vessels to patrol the Turkish coast (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos after crossing Aegean)


More asylum seekers could be housed in prosperous parts of the country to ease the burden on poorer areas.
Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the Home Office was looking at ‘expanding’ a programme which ensures refugees are evenly dispersed.
The move follows criticism from council chiefs in deprived areas that the housing scheme in place since 1999 is ‘dumping the poor on the poor’.
Officials are in talks with more councils to accept asylum seekers after it emerged some three-quarters had refused.
Under the scheme, councils sign up voluntarily to ensure the housing of refugees is shared around the nation. But it has fuelled anger after it emerged wealthier communities appeared not to be taking their fair share.
In June last year, Middlesbrough had 746 refugees – one in 43 of all those in Britain. Meanwhile West Oxfordshire, which covers Prime Minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency, failed to take a single one.
Yesterday Mr Brokenshire told the home affairs select committee: ‘We are looking to expand the number of local authorities involved in these dispersal areas.’
The Nato defence ministers will also review their response to a more assertive Russia. Mr Stoltenberg, Norway's former prime minister, said Russian involvement in Syria was 'undermining' peace efforts and 'making a desperate situation worse', adding: 'Calm and easing tensions is more important than ever.'
Downing Street last night struck a cautious note and refused to comment on whether British vessels could be sent. 
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the Government was 'supportive of looking at ways to help Turkey deal with the huge burden it has from refugees'.
She pointed out that the Royal Navy is already involved in efforts to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. But she stressed that talks were at a very early stage with 'no proposals' yet on the table.
Douglas Lute, US ambassador to Nato, appeared to voice frustration that the EU had not been able to manage the crisis, but said the German-Turkish request would not be unusual as member states regularly ask for help.
A decision to intervene by the 28 Nato members will be seen as an admission that the EU has failed to tackle the migrant problem (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos after crossing Aegean)
A decision to intervene by the 28 Nato members will be seen as an admission that the EU has failed to tackle the migrant problem (pictured, migrants arrive on Greek island of Lesbos after crossing Aegean)
He said the EU had 'primary responsibility' for tackling the problem, adding: 'This is fundamentally an issue which should be addressed a couple of miles from here, in the EU [headquarters].'
European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said: 'We welcome all discussions on potential measures which could contribute to addressing the refugee crisis, save lives at sea and improve the management of migratory flows and borders.'
The Royal Navy has been part of an EU operation in the Mediterranean since May last year, tackling people-smuggers between Libya and Italy.

Russia will shoot down Turkish jets in Syria, Deputy Defense Minister says

05.02.2016 |

Russia will shoot down Turkish jets in Syria, Deputy Defense minister says. Russia-Turkey conflict

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said that Turkey had refused to confirm its agreement with the memorandum of flight safety in Syria and blocked a telephone hot line prior to the attack on the Russian Su-24.

Speaking about the possible use of Turkish aviation in Syria, Antonov said that the Russian air defense group in Syria makes it possible to use appropriate measures to ensure the safety of flights of Russian aircraft.

"Our air defense group allows to early detect a threat to Russian aircraft on combat missions in Syria and, if necessary, take adequate measures to ensure the security of their flights," RIA Novosti quoted Antonov as saying.

He also added that Turkey should fully adhere to the provisions of the Russian-US memorandum of flight safety in the Syrian Arab Republic, should Turkey use its aviation in Syria.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs the conference “Albania today: Foreign policy pursuits towards Greece”.

Το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών και το Ίδρυμα Διεθνών Νομικών Μελετών Καθηγητού Ηλία Κρίσπη, έχουν την τιμή να σας προσκαλέσουν στην Ημερίδα με θέμα:
«Η Αλβανία σήμερα: Επιδιώξεις εξωτερικής πολιτικής και σχέσεις με την Ελλάδα».
Η Ημερίδα είναι υπό την Αιγίδα του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών και θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2015 (ώρα 5.00 μ.μ.), στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (Αίθουσα «Γιάννος Κρανιδιώτης», Ακαδημίας 1).
Χαιρετισμός ΥΠΕΞ
Χαιρετισμός Ιδρύματος Διεθνών Νομικών Μελετών Καθ. Ηλία Κρίσπη
Συντονιστής: Αθανάσιος Κοτσίρης, Πολιτειολόγος – Διεθνολόγος,
Εμπειρογνώμων Πρεσβευτής-Σύμβουλος Α’, Γ2 Δ/νσεως Υπ.Εξ.
  • Το ζήτημα του αλβανικού αλυτρωτισμού, Λένα Διβάνη, Καθηγήτρια ΕΚΠΑ.
  • Μερικές Απόψεις των Τσάμηδων, Βασίλειος Πατρώνας, Επίτιμος Νομικός Σύμβουλος, Υπ. Εξωτερικών.
  • Η προοπτική ένταξης στο ΝΑΤΟ, Χάρης Δημητρίου, Πρέσβης ε.τ.
  • Η προοπτική ένταξης στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, Πρέσβης Φραγκίσκος Βέρρος, Διευθυντής της Διπλωματικής Ακαδημίας, ΥΠΕΞ.
Συντονίστρια: Αναστασία Σαμαρά-Κρίσπη, Πρόεδρος του Ιδρύματος Διεθνών Νομικών Μελετών Καθηγητού Ηλία Κρίσπη, Διδάκτωρ Πανεπιστημίου Μονάχου, Επιτ. Δικηγόρος (τ. Δικηγόρος Μονάχου)
  • Η οριοθέτηση των θαλασσίων συνόρων, Δρ. Εμμανουήλ Γούναρης, Εμπειρογνώμων ΥΠΕΞ, τ. Πρέσβης.
  • Οι οικονομικές σχέσεις Ελλάδος–Αλβανίας, Δημήτρης Κυρκιλής, Καθηγητής, Πρόεδρος του Τμήματος Βαλκανικών, Σλαβικών και Ανατολικών Σπουδών, Σχολή Οικονομικών και Περιφερειακών Σπουδών Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας.
  • Η ελληνική μειονότητα στην Αλβανία, Άγγελος Συρίγος, Επίκ. Καθηγητής Διεθνούς Δικαίου στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο, Δικηγόρος, πρ. γ.γ. Πληθυσμού στο Υπουργείο Εσωτερικών.
  • Η διασυνοριακή συνεργασία, Αντώνης Μπρεδήμας, Ομοτ. Καθηγητής ΕΚΠΑ.
  • Από τα προβλήματα στη λύση: Μια διαδικασία συνολικής αντιμετώπισης των σχέσεων Ελλάδος-Αλβανίας και συνεργασίας με τον Αλβανικό παράγοντα, Αλέξανδρος Μαλλιάς, Πρέσβης ε.τ.
Υποσημείωση: Στο πλαίσιο της Ημερίδας αυτής, θα παρουσιασθεί εκ νέου το βιβλίο του Δρ. Εμμανουήλ Γούναρη, Εμπειρογνώμονος ΥΠΕΞ, τ. Πρέσβη, αφιερωμένο στη Μνήμη του αειμνήστου Καθηγητού Ηλία Κρίσπη: «Το Βορειοηπειρωτικό Ζήτημα στα πλαίσια της Διπλωματικής Ιστορίας και του Διεθνούς Δικαίου, 1912-2015» (Εκδ. Αντ. Σάκκουλα, 2015).
Η Ημερίδα θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 15 Φεβρουαρίου 2015 (ώρα 5.00 μ.μ.), στο Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (Αίθουσα «Γιάννος Κρανιδιώτης», Ακαδημίας 1).
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