We need to hasten construction of submarines.. we are being threatened, Binali Yildirim says
The Turkish prime minister caused a sensation with his statements when he called for the acceleration of the construction of the type 214 Piri Reis submarines due to threats to Turkey Turkeys PM participated in the ceremony for the beginning of the works for the construction of the third state of the art submarine at the Golcuk military shipyard There he stated that the shipbuilding of these submarines takes too long About 10 years I am calling for a redesign in this matter and for the Navy chief to take the initiative and reduce the time to 62 months We need to reduce the length of time I appeal we see the threats we face I believe there is a direct need to integrate these submarines into our fleetThe first class 214 submarine under the name Piri Reis is expected to be...
Zaev: A name with a geographical determinant is acceptable
After meeting with European Commission President JeanClaude Juncker Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said for Macedonia it is acceptable for the name dispute with Greece to be resolved with a new name that will include a geographical determinant that will make a distinction between the name of our country and the region in GreeceHowever Zaev said the most important thing is to find a lasting solution to close the longstanding problem It is our duty to take responsibility for this historic opportunity to resolve this longopen and arduous issue between the two countries Zaev saidThe Macedonian Prime Minister said that the Macedonian government affirms the desire for commitment with leadership and determination to pass this section Accession to the EU affects the liv...
Juncker: If fYROM continues along this path, the European perspective will not be conditioned
We did not come here to announce you a start date for a negotiation but to say that you are on the right track and if you continue on that path of reform within a few months you will allow the EC to recommend to the EU Council the opening of accession negotiations in the Union said European Commission President JeanClaude Juncker today in Skopje who is paying a twohour visit to the country on the Balkan tourHe said there are still more steps to be takenIf you continue to do so as you already do the countrys European perspective is no longer conditioned said JunckerThe President of the European Commission did not want to comment on the name dispute that Macedonia has with Greece and urged the two countries to find a solution on their own I talked to Tsipras and told...
Juncker and Mogherini tomorrow in Skopje
European Commission President JeanClaude Juncker accompanied by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn tomorrow will visit Skopje as part of their tour of the countries of the Western Balkans in order to promote the new strategy of the EU for enlargementfYROM is the first country of this series of visits and EC President Juncker will meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after which the delegation of the Government will hold a plenary meeting with the EU delegation The severalhour visit of the EU delegation to fYROM should end with a joint press conference with Juncker and ZaevPrime Minister Zaev today talked about the visit of European officialsI look forward to a new encouragement from President Juncker ...
Turkish people should be ready for the possibility of mobilisation, Erdogan says
Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the possibility of mobilizing Turkeys reserves raising questions about the military operations in SyriaThe Turkish president in a speech at the city of Kahramanmara in southeastern Turkey said let everyone be on hand for mobilisation though there is no immediate need now We are on the eve of a new resurrection After the meetings that we made with the military leadership if our people are called with travel warrants the people will respond with me firstErdogan in his speech said Turkeys current territory reaches 780000 square kilometers reminiscent of the 18 million square kilometers it used to occupyImmediately after these statements tens of thousands of Turks tried via the egovernance platform edevlet to...
Bulgaria and Serbia sign agreements on rail transport, natural gas, labour policies
Three intergovernmental agreements on rail transport natural gas and labour policies were signed between Serbia and Bulgaria have been signed in the presence of visiting president Aleksandar Vui and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina ZaharievaIn Sofia Vui and Zaharieva discussed issues of bilateral interest as well as topics related to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU Bulgarias Foreign Ministry saidZaharieva said that trade turnover between the two countries had risen by 40 per cent in 2017 which also had seen a 14 per cent increase in touristsShe informed the Serbian president of the support that the Western Balkans Strategy received from EU foreign ministers during their informal meeting in SofiaThe first of three agreements signed by ...
Work has began on the removal of the letters "Alexander the Great" from newly named "Skopje Airport"
Work has began on Saturday morning on the removal of the letters Alexander the Great from the sign of the recently renamed Skopje Airport following a recent decision by the Government in SkopjeWith the help of a crane one by one the letters of the name Alexander the Great are being removedSkopje Airport was named Alexander the Great Airport in December 2006 after a decision by the then government of Nikola GruevskiOn the previous days work began on the removal of signs along fYROMacedonias national motorway that leads to the border with Greece which was referred to as Alexander the Macedon motorwayThe Cabinet of fYROMacedonia decided on 6 February to rename the countrys motorway from Alexandros the Macedon to friendship motorway and Skopjes airport ...
Greek PM Tsipras: New name should also be a constitutional name of neighboring country
The name Skopje and Athens will agree upon should at the same time become a constitutional name of the neighboring country Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras told a press conference late Friday after an informal meeting of EU leaders in BrusselsGreece considers that the longstanding name dispute should be a subject of sustainable and stable solution that will rest on firm foundations Tsipras saidGreece is seeking for an erga omnes solution which means an obligation for one name for both internal and external usage namely for the agreed term to be also a constitutional name of the neighboring county which requires a revision of its constitution Tsipras pointed outThe Greek PM said he had also conveyed Greeces stances on the matter to EU foreign policy chief Fede...
Greek Economy Minister in Europe and the US in search for investments
High contacts in Europe and America will have the following period the minister of Economy and Development Dimitris Papadimitriou starting next April as he is expected to hold important meetings to attract investments in Greece according to IBNAs information while he will be accompanied by executives of Enterprise Greece organisation as well as various business delegationsWorld Bank and then Los AngelesIn April Papadimitriou will travel to Washington to participate in the World Bank General Assembly On the sidelines he will have a meeting with Philippe Le Hourou director of the IFC World Bank Financing Arm with the aim to extend the funding of the Holding Fund He is also going to hold a series of business meetings with major investors as a followup of his past m...
Kosovo not invited, Albania & fYROMacedonia pull out
Albania FYROM refuse participation in regional event because of Kosovo is one ofUnited Nations Mission in Kosovo UNMIK Media Observerheadlines on Friday based on a Kosovo newspaper report KohaThe regional event the news is referring to is a conference of Western Balkans Foreign ministers about to be held in Banja Luka BosniaHerzegovina Tirana and Skopje are boycotting it because of exclusion of Kosovo from the event reads B92 as translated from the Albanian textAlbanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati informed his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak of his absence saying it comes after the organizers did not respect the format of inclusion of all six Western Balkans countries and that no discussion can be complete without all regional countries participating in the ...