Turkish Foreign Ministry on Hagia Sophia: “We invite Greece to free itself of its mindset deriving from history”
Greece is the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson issued a statement regarding the announcement of the Greek Foreign Ministry condemning the celebrations in Hagia Sophia. Greece continues to make futile and ineffective statements after each and every recitation of the Holy Quran in Hagia Sophia. The fact that Greece, the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital, is disturbed by the recital of the Holy Quran in Hagia Sophia is a case in point illustrating the intolerant psychology of this country, especially at a time when calls to prayer can be heard...
Greek Foreign Ministry: The reading of the Qur’an inside Hagia Sophia offends the international community
The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted with a statement to the reading of the Qur'an inside the Museum of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The reading was broadcast live as part of the celebrations for the 567th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, on 29 May 1453 by Muhammad the Conqueror. The Greek Foreign Ministry states in its announcement: "Today's reading of excerpts from the Qur'an inside Hagia Sophia, a universal monument protected by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage Site which has been operating as a museum since 1935, constitutes an unacceptable attempt to alter...
North Macedonia: Russia reacts to flyover by two US aircraft
The Russian Federation was quick to respond when two American warplanes flew over the airspace of North Macedonia, accompanied by four Greek aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force as a welcome to NATO. The Federation took to Twitter to report that US bombers had been intercepted in the Black Sea by Russian Air Force aircraft. The two US Air Force aircraft, accompanied by four Greek Air Force aircraft, flew over North Macedonia as a welcome gesture after the country became the 30th member of NATO. The flight of US warplanes over Skopje today is an expression of our continued support for North Macedonia, as well...
Turkey: Energy Minister announces drilling operations south of Kastellorizo
"We will kick off seismic investigations and then drilling operations in a few months" Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez announced that Turkey would be conducting seismic researches and drilling operations in the areas it has signed with Libya! Taking the floor at the ceremony for the departure of the Fatih drillsip for the Black Sea held in Istanbul, Donmez said: "With the agreement we have signed with Libya, the Turkish Petroleum Company has already submitted a request to our General Secretariat for Petroleum Research to carry out petroleum researches in our own plot areas. After the announcement and the publishing, in 3-4 months we will...
Romania: PSD warns with motion of censure against the Gov’t if pensions are trimmed
The Social Democratic Party (PSD) will file a motion of censure in the event the government changes the law on pensions by emergency decree, MP Lia Olguţa Vasilescu announced on Thursday, following a meeting of the party's leadership. "As you know, from 1 September there will be an increase in pensions to 1,775 lei, which translates to 40%. They can't change this law except with an emergency decree and, when they approve it, we will start collecting signatures for the motion of censure", Vasilescu said. For his part, Finance Minister Florin Citu stated pensions would be raised in the fall, without specifying the percentage. Asked...
Anastasiades and Sisi speak over the phone
On Friday, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades had a phone conversation with the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. During their talk, according to a statement from Deputy Spokesman Panayiotis Sentonas, the two Presidents discussed the situation in the two countries regarding the response to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that the pandemic had highlighted the need for further close cooperation and coordination between states to tackle asymmetric threats faced by the societies, institutions and economies of countries. President Anastasiades also expressed his satisfaction with the flight arrangements from Egypt to Cyprus for the repatriation of citizens in the coming days. The...
Albania: Defense Minister signs letter of offer and acceptance for UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft
"The United States and Albania are standing side by side today and will continue to stand side by side tomorrow and in the future to come", US Ambassador to Albania Yuri Kim said during today’s signing ceremony of the letter of offer and acceptance for the acquisition of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. "One of my top three priorities is to strengthen defense co-operation so that Albania becomes an even more capable NATO ally. When these multi-mission helicopters arrive, they will feel at home among your professional and hard-working team, so that they are ready to be used to support the mission of the Air...
BiH: Two migrants were killed near the city of Cazin
Una-Sana Canton Police, in Federation BiH, is still trying to identify the two migrants who were killed in the clash of two groups near the city of Cazin. On Friday, police spokesperson Ale Šiljdedić said to the media that they got the information about the case on Thursday afternoon. "When police officers came on the spot, they found two bodies with stab wounds on the road and several migrants trying to help them", Šiljdedić said. According to unconfirmed information, the third migrant linked with this case died later in an ambulance. Clashes between various groups of migrants are not an unusual occurrence in BiH. Few...
Kosovo: Thaci’s decision give a madate to Hoti to form a government is constitutional
Kosovo's Constitutional Court has unanimously decided not to hold new elections, giving lawmakers and parliament the right to decide on a new government in the country after the vote against Albin Kurti's government. The decision of the Constitutional Court overturned any claim by the Vetevendosje Self-Determination Movement (LVV), which called for new elections after a motion of censure against the Kurti government passed with 2/3 majority of the members of the Kosovo Assembly. The reasoned decision of the Constitution explains that the contested presidential decree is in accordance with the Constitution and that lifting the confidence of the Assembly by vote does not lead to...
Opinion: The RS/BiH economy will pay the price of the pandemic
By Zoran Pavlović* The economy of BiH is export-oriented and mostly import-dependent on raw materials and materials for finishing and production, so many products are imported for the needs of citizens even those that own economy can produce. Imports of goods mainly depend on the needs of buyers in the domestic market, which has little purchasing power. The results achieved by the BiH economy are based on geographical location, local workforce and available types of materials and raw materials. Low wages with a high tax burden imposed by the ruling coalitions of about 64% are also present and represent a burden on economic development and...