Contents tagged with Greece

  • Ex-commander of Ukrainian volunteer battalion detained in Greece at Moscow's request

    Former commander of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion Aidar Serhiy Melnichuk was detained in Greece at the request of the Russian authorities. In Russia, Melnichuk is accused of involvement in the deaths of journalists of the Russian state news agency VGTRK in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

    Melnichuk was detained at the border of Greece and Bulgaria on Sunday, March 1. As he himself said on his Facebook page, he is accused of murder. The former soldier noted that his pregnant wife and ten-month-old …

  • Israel, Cyprus and Greece to collaborate on natural gas pipeline to EU

    Israel, Cyprus and Greece are determined to transport natural gas from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. After a trilateral meeting in Athens on August 7, Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis confirmed that the three countries will be collaborating closely.

    “We hope that we will soon be able to sign the relevant agreement,” said Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. He emphasized the importance of the project for Europe.

    Several years ago, large natural gas reserves …

  • Russia: Crimean shipyards ready to produce speed boats for Greece

    Shipbuilding companies in Crimea are ready to fulfill orders for Greek companies, said Crimean “Minister of Industrial Policy” Andrey Vasyut, as cited by the Kryminform news agency.

    “Crimea’s shipbuilding companies have upgraded their production capabilities and infrastructure, and have the necessary competence to fulfill the orders of Greece’s interested companies,” he said.

    Representatives of the Zalyv and More shipyards confirmed that they were ready to collaborate and to build speedboats …

  • Russian media: Kremlin will punish Greece if Athens provides information about S-300 missile systems to Israel

    Athens could suffer if it gives Israel information about S-300 aerial defense systems and lets the Israeli Air Force practice against such systems, writes the Russian site

    “If the key problem of the S-300s is the difficult attacking conditions for Israeli fighters, which are still taking cover behind civilian aircraft, then Iran will certainly be willing to act, attacking any hostile objects without restraint. Obviously, Israel is aware of this, which is why this country’s air force …

  • Pompeo and the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will meet in Israel to discuss gas pipeline to Europe

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis will arrive in Israel in the near future to discuss the construction of the world's longest underwater EastMed gas pipeline from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Jewish state stated on Wednesday.

    “In a few days, the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will come here together with US Secretary of State Pompeo to advance the construction of a …

  • Accomplice of fugitive oligarch Kurchenko arrested in Greece at Ukraine’s request

    Russian energy specialist Yevgeny Kalinin was arrested in Greece at Ukraine’s request on Saturday 2 March, RIA Novosti reports.

    According to his attorney, Yannis Rachiotis, the Russian was on a business trip in Greece, and was detained at the Athens airport on 28 February.

    At the end of hearings on Friday, the court ruled that Kalinin is to be detained until Greece receives an extradition request from Ukraine.

    The Russian is wanted by Ukraine for violating local tax laws during his work in …

  • Greece receives first batch of liquefied natural gas from the US

    Greece has received the first batch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States, 168 thousand/cubic meters (or 1,772,400 MWh), stated the operator company of the Greek national gas transmission system DESFA.

    The first batch of LNG was delivered in accordance with the agreement between the Greek DEPA and American Cheniere.

    “This is the first batch of American LNG from shale gas imported by Greece and delivered from the new Cheniere terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, to the third tank …

  • Ahead of negotiations on Turkish Stream Greece asks Russia for money

    The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras stated in an interview with TASS news agency that Greece hopes that Russia will make strategic investments in its economy, including infrastructure, ports and energy.

    According to him, he plans to request these large investments during an official visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on December 7th.

    The Greek economy, with a debt exceeding 150% of the GDP “has good opportunities of a strategic nature,” stressed Tsipras.

    Tsipras …

  • Greece refuses to issue visas to Russian pilgrims

    Russian pilgrims have difficulty obtaining visas to visit the Greek Athos peninsula, reported the Govorit Moskva of (Moscow Speaking) radio station.

     “There is already a problem and it is not even related to church. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not issue visas not only to servants of the Russian Orthodox Church but also to pilgrims to visit Athos,” said the representative of the St. Andrew Foundation.

    In order to go to Athos, pilgrims had to obtain Italian visas and Catholics …

  • Greece offers to host new US military bases

    Greece is interested in letting the US deploy new military facilities within its territory, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said during a meeting with his American counterpart James Mattis, Kathimerini reports.

    “It is very important for Greece that the US deploy its military facilities in Greece on a more permanent basis,” he said.

    The US would be able to set up its own infrastructure not only in the Port of Souda, but also near the Greek cities of Larissa, Volos and Alexandroupoli, …