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#Vienna summit sending to #Athens a slight election smell

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There were voices saying that Europe should build fences and walls, said the Greek PM in his statements…

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Tense period between US and Turkey is expected to continue 

The current state of U.S.-Turkish relations is a far cry from the days that the U.S. was promoting Turkey as a role model in 2011 and as proof that a predominantly Muslim country can successfully combine democratic rule and market economy , writes Forbes in its  recent commentary  article, stressing primarily , that President Obama has had to emphasize that the U.S. didn’t have any prior knowledge of the recent coup attempt.

The tense period in the U.S-Turkey relations is not new, but is expected to continue.

The U.S. base in Incirlik plays a key role in its military presence in the region and is heavily used in the air campaign against ISIS in Syria. Turkey’s NATO membership and alliance with the U.S. is essential for its security.

But despite this mutual need, there’s been some divergence between Turkey and the U.S. regarding what needs to be done in the ongoing Syrian conflict and the rise of a de factoautonomous Kurdish entity in Northern Syria.

For Turkey, the rise of Kurds in Syria is perceived as the main threat. But for the U.S., the focus has been on fighting ISIS, and the Kurdish forces in Syria have become one of the main effective U.S. allies on the ground. The U.S. is keen to maintain its ties with the Kurdish forces, but Turkey vehemently opposes it. Turkey fears that the consolidation of Kurdish self-rule in Syria will increase the Kurds’ power as a regional actor, and permanently change the game in their favor.

Both the U.S. and the EU have urged Turkey to exercise caution and respect the rule of law. The Turkish government’s actions are not seen by the Western allies  in isolation, as a reaction against the failed coup, but within Turkey’s slide toward authoritarianism.  The ongoing purges are likely to add to the view that Turkey, under AKP rule, is moving closer to an authoritarian state.

The U.S. is right to point at the dangers of authoritarianism, and many people in Turkey share the same sentiments: The fight against coup plotters must not be at the expense of democracy.

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#Greece’s Diplomacy Response challenged to the very edge by the Turkish BlackHawk landing

The Turkish officers who have already sought political asylum in Greece were not indicted with attempt to disrupt the country’s international relations, something that as one of the suspects’ lawyers said, would offer to some to consider the need for their extradition to Turkey imperative.

The charge could not stand because they did not come to raise a problem to the country.

It is  in fact a situation that has stressed Greece’s diplomacy response with major diconfort, since Greece, by Alexis Tsipras government is the country that has raised, more than any other country, the issue of  the human rights of Political Asylum Request….

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Pro- #TurkeyCoupAttemp Turkish Militants landed by Black Hawk Heli in Greece asked for politcal asylum

download (1) The identity of the Turkish passengers of the helicopter is not yet known, and it is worth notifying that all the seven militants have “dismantled” their grades of their uniforms, so as to not let being obvious their rank on the Turkish army

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President #Obama encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation, commended Greece’s cooperation with Turkey, on his meeting with @tsipras_eu in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland July 9  – President Barack Obama met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw on Saturday, the White House said.

“The president commended Greece’s cooperation with Turkey to reduce irregular migration and encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation,” a White House official said, Reuters wrote .

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On “Religious Diplomacy” visit in #Greece, #Putin as a faithful asks for privacy moments on Mount Athos

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Russian President asked for privacy during the last hours of his trip to Mount Athos in Greece, and for personal pilgrimage time at the Garden of Virgin Mary, and especially during his visit to the Russian Monastery

 “I am glad to have the opportunity to visit again in Athos, which is rightly called the Garden of the Virgin Mary,” Russian President said  at the Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and stressed that “every man who walks on this earth of prayer, brings particular feelings.”

“The Holy Mountain is a unique defender of Orthodoxy,” Vladimir Putin said, praising the Mount Athos’ role in the strengthening of Christianity.

We look forward to the establishment of relations with the Holy Mountain” concluded expressing his pleasure for  that ” each year more and more visiting pilgrims from Russia.”

The Russian head of state  head privately to the St. Panteleimon monastery, after the official welcome ceremony  at Karyes, where he was welcomed by the Religious leaders and the Greek President , and lighted a candle and kissed the holy icon at Protaton church .

At St Panteleimon monastery, which is inhabited by Russian monks,  President Putin was met by the 102-year-old abbot Jeremiah and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Abbot Jeremiah is the older among all monks in the Athos society. Those who have met him say that he might become a Saint due to his special spiritual value. Greek media reported that he is the “spiritual father” (pnevmatikos) of President Putin

Putin has arrived at the monastic center of Holy Mount Athos on his second and last day of his visit to Greece on Saturday afternoon. He visited Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and the Protaton church which is under the ownership of the Holy Kinot, Athos’ high governing council.

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos welcomed Vladimir Putin alongside local religious dignitaries, followed by a short service at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Putin  then addressed  members of the Holy Kinot stressing the importance of strengthening relations between Russia and Mount Athos , for the religious strength that this would provide to the Russian people

Russia and Greece celebrate 2016 as a cross-cultural year, marking the millennial anniversary since the first Russian settlement on the Holy Mount Athos.

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Mount Athos is a peninsula in northeastern Greece with 20 monasteries – 17 Greek, one Russian named after St. Panteleimon, one Bulgarian and one Serbian. The 20 monasteries rule Athos through their representatives that make up the Holy Kinot.

Vladimir Putin arrived in Greece for his two-day visit on Friday. During  his meeting with  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,

the Greek leader  said that strengthening ties between Moscow and Athens is the “strategic choice” of the Greek nation.

The Russian leader, during his speeches in Athens on Friday, but also on Mount Athos on Saturday,

repeatedly  underscored that Russia and Greece have common civilization values and Orthodox culture.

Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill  had already arrived since Friday on Mount Athos to join Vladimir Putin during his visit today.

It is not the first time Putin is visiting Athos. Actually,during his visit to Greece in September 2005, he was the first Russian leader to visit the holy place.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens on Friday.

Jointly with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, Vladimir Putin visited the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens and attended the opening of the exhibition of the Ascension icon painted by Andrei Rublev in 1408, which is part of the State Tretyakov Gallery’s collection.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens, where the icon is exhibited, houses one of the most famous collections of Byzantine art. Its exposition counts more than 25,000 icons and divine service items, jewellery pieces, sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, ceramic items and manuscripts covering the period from the 3rd to the 20th century.

 

The first collection of the museum, which was officially opened in 1914, was put together by the councillor to Queen Olga of the Hellenes (before marriage Grand Duchess Olga Romanova), founder of the Christian Archaeological Society George Lambakis.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great honour for me to attend the opening of this unique exhibition of the Ascension icon, a masterpiece from the collection of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery. This is a work by a great icon-painter, monk Andrei Rublev.

Andrei Rublev took his inspiration from the cultural and religious heritage of Byzantium, whose spiritual successor Greece is. Having mastered various elements and techniques of Byzantine artists, Rublev was able to add to and enrich them. Mr Prime Minister highlighted the Russian style of this icon.

For a long time, the name of Andrei Rublev was known only to specialists. It was only in the 20th century that his art gained broader recognition. Only five of his works, five icons, have survived. The Ascension is one of them. It exudes a sense of harmony and a balance of form that are inherent to the artist. The icon was painted in the early 15th century during the restoration of the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir.

I would also like to highlight that the exhibition is held as part of the cross-cultural years of Russia and Greece, whose launches the President of Greece and I declared in Moscow in January. I am sure that many more memorable events will be held in the course of this extensive project.

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Religious Diplomacy, notes Le Monde

By using “religious diplomacy” Moscow wants to break Europe’s unity against Russia because Greece has long opposed Western anti-Russian sanctions, an article in the French newspaper Le Figaro said.

“Vladimir Putin is the president of a country where the constitution proclaims the separation of church and state. At the same time, he is a religious person, taking into account his planned visit to Mount Athos, one of the most important orthodox holy places,” the article read.

Vladimir Putin’s cooperation with Tsipras may break the anti-Russian unanimity within the European Union. Greek Prime Mnister Alexis Tsipras, since he assumed his post  has repeatedly criticized Western sanctions against Russia.

The Russian president and Patriarch Kirill have a common mission during their visit to Greece, the article noted.

Ahead of the visit, Vladimir Putin wrote an article that was published  by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini , where the Russian leader underlined that

throughout different epochs religion and patriotism have helped the Russian and Greek peoples preserve their identity .

He added that Russia is indispensable for Europe.

“An alliance between state and church is becoming more and more visible in Russia,” the article read.

Recently, the Russian Orthodox Church proposed to establish a new monetary organization controlled by all countries.

According to Le Figaro, thus the Church criticized global dollar and euro dominance.

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EU-Turkey refugee deal a historic blow to rights | Amnesty International

European leaders’ collective ‘double-speak’ fails to hide the myriad of contradictions of the deal sealed between the EU and Turkey on how to handle the refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today.

Source: EU-Turkey refugee deal a historic blow to rights | Amnesty International

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Greece trapped: They are closing borders , said @imouzalas

“Decision to exclude #Afghans violates summit agreement”, said @imouzalas, “though it was not a written one…” We are trapped.

Those kind of “individual” countries’ decisions in its territory, Europe proves to be unable to handle, or avoid. Greece will pay the unbearable, unthinkable cost , but we should definitely have a plan, said @imouzalas , Monday 22, the closed-FYROM- #borders day .

See more  on vima article Mouzalas: “Decision to exclude Afghans violates summit agreement”

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“Is it #Turkophobia”? to @PrimeministerGR

 

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Historically, Greece prefers a peaceful diplomacy to neighbor Turkey. Often, this becomes even friendly. Truth is , that this peaceful intention makes sometimes Greece’s stance to seem almost “speechless”

The Greek Prime Minister’s office said Greece’s government “strongly complained via the diplomatic path that such claims are absolutely unacceptable according to the international law” and chose to not further raise tensions.

The e-mailed statement verifies reports in local media, Xinqua today , (ten days later) wrote, that on Feb. 6 Ankara prevented the aircraft from landing on the Greek island of Rhodes for refueling and then continuing its trip to Teheran flying over Turkish airspace.

Turkish authorities argued that the plane was considered a military aircraft since it had military pilots,

therefore could not land on Rhodes and then fly over Turkey, since “the island is a demilitarized zone.” Athens does not recognize the claim.

Ankara suggested the plane  ( reminding, which was carrying the Greek PM)  to land for refueling in Turkey instead of the Greek island Rhodes for which the Greek Air plan was suggesting,  and then continue the journey with Ankara’s overflight permission

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos elaborated speaking to Greek Star  TV  on Nikos Hatzini9koloaou New show , answering to questions of Defense Reporter Paris Karvounopoulos.

The incident, by the way,  occurred opn the special timing of the two countires Greece and Turkey’s historic agreement to cooperate under NATO’s umbrella in the Aegean Sea to manage the refugee flows from Turkey to Europe.

“We ALL need to find  us a good … national psychologist!”

comments Paris Karvounopoulos on his article in the new Militaire.gr site on GreekDefense and Military Affairs.

“To address the “tourkophobia” , the credible reporter explains ,  “which has held for decades Greece’s position on a not-at-all-provocative response to any aggressive or furious provocation from Turkey’s side that could be shown. But let’s not get it to the edge,” Karvouynopoulos adds, “and find oursleves always willingly to do all Ankara’s favors”.

“How could be, a Greek Prime Minister himself not to be allowed to land the PM airplane on Greek land. And finally, Prime Minister of Greece’s alternative flight plan to choose to avoid “any type of crash”, by dissmissing landing on the Greek island and choosing another route…”

Instead of submitting a new flight plan to Ankara that would circumvent Rhodes, the PM’s plane eventually flew to Egypt for refueling and then continued over Cyprus, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to reach Iran, the PM’s office today’s statement added.

Mr Tsipras had to land on the Greek island, Paris Karvounopoulos insists . “Prime Minister had to ignore completely the Turkish absurdity and land in Rhodes. As simple as that”.

Recently, Ankara has taken a series of “landmark” challenges that can not be ignored militaire.gr article notes. “Our islands and Aegean regions’ sovereignity is systematically questioned,   the “demilitarization” of the Dodecanese is boldy highlighted, even ,now, the … Prime Empraer! NOTAM which denies everything and especially the “logic” of the Aegean, even on the same moments that Greece is looking to find its heroes dead……. The Athens side remains consistently … silent.”