Turkey: We will retaliate against the Assad forces’ attacks in Idlib
Following the attack carried out by the Assad forces on Turkish troops in Idlib, Turkey's Defense Ministry warned that it would be responding to any kind of attack. "We will retaliate against all attacks in the same way; our observatories [at Idlib] will continue their tasks", said Turkish Defense Ministry Spokesman Olcay Denizer. Meanwhile, in response to reports of the Assad forces surrounding Saraqib, Idlib, security sources responded that Turkey's priority was to stop such attacks and ensure a ceasefire, with the Turkish troops taking the necessary precautions. "Our troops are ready to address any attack on our observation posts under the right of self-defense",...
Anastasiades: The claims about me having thoughts of partitioning the Cypriot EEZ are unfound
"Everyone should reflect on what is the purpose of and who really benefits from reviving non-existent claims regarding my supposed thoughts of partitioning the Cypriot EEZ, while Turkish drilling vessels and warships operate as modern-day pirates in Cypriot waters", President Anastasiades notes in a written statement. In response to reports of an EEZ partition being looked into, the President underlined that since taking office he had given "a series of diplomatic and political battles to safeguard our maritime rights". As he points out, "in recent years we have made significant progress in this area, reflected in the European institutions' decisions, in statements by state leaders...
Brnabic: I have no expectations from the new Pristina Government
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said today that she did not have any expectations from the new Pristina Government, yet she expressed hope that politicians currently leading the provisional institutions would abolish the duties imposed in view of a better future in the region. "I have no expectations from Pristina, but I am optimistic and I hope that the people who are temporarily leading the institutions in Pristina at the moment will understand that it is important for everyone to look to the future, and that the only way for residents to stay alive is through our cooperation”, Brnabic stated, answering questions from journalists in Prokuplje....
Marković – Várhelyi: Montenegro can only succeed in European integration if we all work in this direction
In the continuation of the European integration, Montenegro needs cohesion and cooperation of all segments of society, to make the process successful, Prime Minister Duško Marković and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi jointly concluded earlier today, following a meeting in Podgorica. "I informed the Commissioner about the Government initiative, sent to political and social actors for dialogue on electoral conditions and all issues significant to our European agenda. The common interest of the integration in the European Union goes beyond other interests and ambitions, and in this regard it is significant that everyone sees the upcoming elections as a fair game. In...
Dendias to convene National Council on Foreign Policy amidst Turkish provocations
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will be convening the National Council on Foreign Policy on February 18th, in order to brief the political parties on recent developments with special focus on the Turkish provocations, the announcements over drilling operations in the areas mentioned in the non-existent, according to Athens, Ankara-Tripoli Memorandum, as well as the latest developments on the Libyan issue. Yesterday, the Foreign Minister indirectly fired shots at the way the Ministry of Defense was handling the communication around the case of the Turkish Oruc Reis entering Greek territorial waters last Friday. "I don't think we have excelled in terms of communication on this issue",...
Romania: Government composition stays the same according to Finance Minister
Virgil Popescu, Finance Minister for the Orban administration, told Digi24 that no decision was taken during yesterday's meeting of the PNL Executive Office on the composition of the future cabinet, which Ludovic Orban is expected to present in Parliament. He implied that it was going to remain unchanged and that PNL would not be voting for it. If not, he said, we will go to the President for consultations and see what the President has to say. We voted at the Executive Board that PNL will head to early elections and we will do everything in our power to do so, he added. Later on...
Greeks’ ability to pay reported limited in 2019
In 2019 the Greeks’ ability to pay proved to be limited, as the figures of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) show regarding the progress of arrears. Over the past year, € 7,497 million of overdue tax has been added to the accumulated volume, down by about € 1.5 billion from its 2018 performance, albeit still a figure that causes concern. In fact, only in December this amount increased by € 1 billion. This comes even after the new 120-installment debt settlement was set in motion, which seems to have accommodated some overdue debtors, without however being able to comprehensively address the issue of...
Turkey’s strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean from Libya to Idlib
The new front with Russia In the most formal way, Turkey announced the continuation of its seismic explorations and drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean but also in the areas mentioned in the Memorandum between Ankara and the Tripoli government. Last Thursday, just minutes after the cabinet meeting chaired by Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrapped up, Turkish Presidency spokesman Ibrahim Kalin specifically said that "given our agreement with the official Libyan government, we will continue our seismic researches and drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean and the areas we have agreed upon with Libya. On this issue I must stress that we are determined". The statement...
Inzko: BiH politicians should be more committed to the application of the rule of law
During his visit to Brussels this week, International community High Representative to BiH Valentin Inzko met with European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders to discuss the current state of affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s judiciary, and the lack of respect for the rule of law in the domestic political arena. “In its first article, the Annex 4 of the GFAP clearly states that BiH shall be a democratic state operating under the rule of law. However, this is hardly complied with. The rule of law must be dramatically strengthened, and the fight against corruption should become a real priority if Bosnia and Herzegovina is to...
BiH High Representative Valentin Inzko in Brussels
During his visit to Brussels this week, International community High Representative to BiH Valentin Inzko met with European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders to discuss the current state of affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s judiciary, and the lack of respect for the rule of law in the domestic political arena. “In its first article, the Annex 4 of the GFAP clearly states that BiH shall be a democratic state operating under the rule of law. However, this is hardly complied with. The rule of law must be dramatically strengthened, and the fight against corruption should become a real priority if Bosnia and Herzegovina is to...