Thursday, January 14, 2021

Μας ''σέρνουν'' σε ''διαπραγματεύσεις'' με... Αλβανική ''διαμεσολάβηση''

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Ελληνοτουρκικά 14.01.2021 

Aποκάλυψη-''βόμβα''
Στη στήλη της Γερμανικής εφημερίδας “Bild” «νικητής και ηττημένος» γίνεται αναφορά στον Αλβανό Πρωθυπουργό Edi Rama, ο οποίος χαρακτηρίζεται ως «νικητής» για τις προσπάθειες του για την σύγκλιση στο τραπέζι του διαλόγου τους ηγέτες Τουρκίας και Ελλάδας.  


Σύμφωνα με το δημοσίευμα «η Καγκελάριος Angela Merkel τον ενθάρρυνε προσωπικά! Ο 56χρονος, Edi Rama, πρωθυπουργός της Αλβανίας, προσπαθεί να καθίσει γύρω από ένα κοινό τραπέζι διαλόγου τους αντιμαχόμενους ηγέτες της Τουρκίας και της Ελλάδας. Ιστορικό: η διαμάχη για τα νησιά του Αιγαίου, που έχει Ο λόγος: Έχει να κάνει με τις διαμάχες για τα νησιά του Αιγαίου, η οποία έχει κλιμακωθεί πρόσφατα».

Το κλίμα που δημιουργεί η Bild έχει ενδιαφέρον καθώς φαίνεται πως μετά την αποτυχία της γερμανικής διαμεσολάβησης κατά το δεύτερο εξάμηνο του 2020- στη σκιά των τουρκικών προκλήσεων με το Oruc Reis- η Γερμανίδα καγκελάριος προωθεί μια νέα με τον Άντι Ράμα που, όμως, διακρίνεται για την φιλοτουρκική του στάση και με την διευκόλυνση της Τουρκίας να εδραιώσει τη θέση της στα Βαλκάνια. 


Δεν είναι το πρώτο δημοσίευμα που αναφέρεται στην διαμεσολάβηση του Edi Rama στον ελληνοτουρκικό διάλογο, καθώς πλείστα άρθρα έχουν δημοσιευθεί στον αλβανικό τύπο. Είναι όμως η πρώτη αναφορά στο ρόλο του Rama στο εξωτερικό και ειδικά στη Γερμανία και την εφημερίδα Bild, κάτι που επιβεβαιώνει το ρόλο του Rama στην έναρξη του ελληνοτουρκικού διαλόγου.

Το ελληνικό Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών προσπάθησε να διασκεδάσει τις εντυπώσεις για τα δημοσιεύματα που έφεραν να έχει οριστικοποιηθεί συνάντηση Δένδια Cavusoglu στην Αλβανία, με την παρέμβαση Rama. «Ο Έλληνας Υπουργός Εξωτερικών Νίκος Δένδιας διατηρεί προσωπική φιλική σχέση με τον Τούρκο ομόλογό του από σειρά ετών, πλην όμως, δεν έχει συμφωνηθεί και προγραμματισθεί συνάντησή τους για το προσεχές διάστημα. Βεβαίως, ο κ. Δένδιας παραμένει ανοιχτός στο ενδεχόμενο μίας συνάντησης με τον κ. Cavusoglu, όταν το επιτρέψουν οι συνθήκες» σημείωσαν διπλωματικές πηγές.

Αυτό που προκαλεί εντύπωση μέσα από διαρροές και δημοσιεύματα είναι η “αξιοποίηση” του Αλβανού Πρωθυπουργού ως …επιτυχημένου διαμεσολαβητή μεταξύ Ελλάδας και Τουρκίας. 

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Ελληνοτουρκικά 14.01.2021 - 11:29231
Αυτή είναι η λίστα με τις τουρκικές απαιτήσεις - Η Άγκυρα θέλει διχοτόμηση του Αιγαίου
Σύμφωνα με αναλυτές, ο Rama χρίσθηκε διαμεσολαβητής ως μια κοινή προσπάθεια Ελλάδας και Τουρκίας να ενισχύσουν τον Αλβανό Πρωθυπουργό στο δρόμο για τις εκλογές του Απριλίου στην Αλβανία, με την κάθε χώρα να έχει τους δικούς της λόγους.

Σύμφωνα πάντα με τους αναλυτές η Ελλάδα ώστε να πάρει την υπογραφή στο συνυποσχετικό για την προσφυγή στη Χάγη για την διευθέτηση της οριοθέτησης των θαλασσίων συνόρων, ενώ η Τουρκία θέλει να ενισχύσει ένα ισχυρό φίλο της στην Αλβανία, διευρύνοντας την επιρροή της στα Δυτικά Βαλκάνια.   

Το δημοσίευμα 


 

Δηλώσεις Ταραντίλη για τα ελληνοτουρκικά

Ο κ. Ταραντίλης, μίλησε για μία εκκρεμότητα μεταξύ Ελλάδας και Τουρκίας σημειώνοντας: «μετά από μια παρατεταμένη περίοδο εντάσεων, η γειτονική χώρα επιστρέφει στην επανέναρξη των διερευνητικών επαφών. Η ελληνική κυβέρνηση -όπως από την αρχή είχε διακηρύξει- προσέρχεται στις διαβουλεύσεις με ειλικρινή και εποικοδομητική διάθεση, προκειμένου να δοθεί τέλος σε μια εκκρεμότητα -την οριοθέτηση των θαλασσίων ζωνών- που ταλανίζει τις διμερείς σχέσεις εδώ και δεκαετίες».

Στην συνέχεια έκανε λόγο για εξέλιξη η οποία αποτελεί «δικαίωση των κυβερνητικών χειρισμών».

Αναλύοντας σχετικά ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος είπε:

«Πρώτον: Από την αρχή η Ελλάδα είχε συμπυκνώσει τη θέση της στη φράση -που κατ’ επανάληψη διατύπωσε ο Πρωθυπουργός- «σταματούν οι προκλήσεις, αρχίζουν οι συζητήσεις». Και είμαστε τώρα σε αυτό ακριβώς το σημείο: Η Τουρκία έχει αποσύρει το Ορούτς Ρέις από περιοχές που επικαλύπτουν ελληνική υφαλοκρηπίδα και ζήτησε επανέναρξη των διερευνητικών επαφών, οι οποίες –όπως ανακοινώθηκε– θα ξεκινήσουν στην Κωνσταντινούπολη στις 25 Ιανουαρίου.

Δεύτερον: Ο 61ος γύρος των διερευνητικών επαφών αποτελεί συνέχιση από το σημείο που διακόπηκαν τον Μάρτιο του 2016 και θα έχουν ως αντικείμενο την οριοθέτηση θαλασσίων ζωνών (υφαλοκρηπίδας και ΑΟΖ) στο Αιγαίο και την Ανατολική Μεσόγειο.

Τρίτον: Στο τελευταίο διάστημα, η Ελλάδα -αποδεικνύοντας έμπρακτα την προσήλωσή της στο Διεθνές Δίκαιο και ειδικότερα στη Σύμβαση του Ο.Η.Ε. για το Δίκαιο της Θάλασσας- προχώρησε σε συμφωνία οριοθέτησης των θαλασσίων ζωνών με την Ιταλία και μερικής οριοθέτησης με την Αίγυπτο. Συμφώνησε, επίσης, στην έναρξη διαβουλεύσεων με την Αλβανία για την από κοινού παραπομπή της οριοθέτησης των θαλασσίων ζωνών στο Διεθνές Δικαστήριο της Χάγης.

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Ελληνοτουρκικά 13.01.2021 - 22:5437
Διερευνητικές επαφές Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας: Κίνδυνοι και προοπτικές


Τέταρτον: Στο ίδιο αυτό διάστημα η χώρα μας πέτυχε μια σειρά αποφάσεις του Ευρωπαϊκού Συμβουλίου, που υιοθετούν τις ελληνικές θέσεις, εκφράζουν αλληλεγγύη στην Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο και στέλνουν ξεκάθαρο μήνυμα στην Τουρκία ότι, σε περίπτωση που συνεχίσει την προκλητικότητα, θα υπάρχει ευρωπαϊκή αντίδραση με οικονομικές συνέπειες.

Πέμπτον: Ασκώντας ενεργητική εξωτερική πολιτική η Ελλάδα πέτυχε, στο ίδιο διάστημα, ένα πλέγμα συμφωνιών με χώρες του Αραβικού κόσμου και της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου, που ενισχύουν την περιφερειακή της θέση.

Έκτον: Η Κυβέρνηση προετοίμασε νόμο που ήδη συζητείται στη Βουλή και ψηφίζεται την ερχόμενη εβδομάδα και προχωρά στην επέκταση της αιγιαλίτιδας ζώνης από τα 6 στα 12 ναυτικά μίλια στη θαλάσσια περιοχή του Ιονίου. Διακηρύσσοντας ταυτόχρονα -όπως ρητά αναφέρεται στο άρθρο 1 του νομοσχεδίου- ότι «επιφυλάσσεται για την άσκηση και στις λοιπές περιοχές της Επικράτειάς της των αντίστοιχων δικαιωμάτων της, όπως αυτά απορρέουν από τη Σύμβαση των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για το Δίκαιο της Θάλασσας».

Έβδομον: Στο ίδιο αυτό διάστημα, η Κυβέρνηση ανέπτυξε δράσεις για την άμεση ενίσχυση της αποτρεπτικής ικανότητας των Ενόπλων Δυνάμεών μας. Προχώρησε -ανάμεσα στα άλλα- σε συμφωνία για την αγορά μιας μοίρας 18 γαλλικών μαχητικών αεροσκαφών «Rafale» και το νομοσχέδιο που αφορά στην έγκρισή της ψηφίζεται σήμερα στη Βουλή».

The Balkans and the USA in the same sentence; A war scenario approaching?

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A disintegration similar to the one that happened to Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the so-called "Balkanization" is knocking on America's door, experts say.

SOURCE: KOSOVO ONLINE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021 | 12:25

According to Sputnik, the United States is facing a crisis of that kind for the first time, so the fate of their society is uncertain. It is only certain that it will largely depend on the new internal force of that country - "trampism", the portal Kosovo online reported.

The Balkans and the United States of America are mentioned again in the same sentence, but this time in a completely new, surprising context. Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband commented on the recent events in America for the British "Daily Mail" on Sunday - riots in the streets, the assault on the Capitol, the division of the American nation...

On that occasion, he predicted "Balkanization" for the United States, that is, the process of disintegration of the region into divided ethnic groups that are united only by a common geographical position, and torn apart by hostilities and animosities.

In his opinion, there is a risk that America will turn into the Balkans from the period of the acute phase of war and bloodshed. Asked whether America faces a scenario of war and bloodshed similar to the one in the Balkans, former Yugoslav foreign minister Vladislav Jovanovic said the situation in the country could become more serious than it already is, depending on how strong "trampism" will be, that is, the sum of all the internal contradictions of America. "The situation is very tense, dramatic. It is not known how it will end. America should not be buried, because it is the only great power in the world that has internal mechanisms to protect it from excessive earthquakes. It will not easily fall into a final crisis, but it will enter an extended one, which will have consequences both internally and externally," Jovanovic estimates.

Comparing the then Balkans and today's United States, Jovanović points out that nationalities were very pronounced in the Balkans at that time, while in America they were insignificant in relation to racial and social animosities.

"Racial, economic, cultural and health dissatisfaction takes political forms, which is even more inconvenient for the so-called 'deep America'. The whole world is bent on the same question - America, what is it? Some allies of America out of decency will not say it out loud, but everyone is very worried. Until now, America has portrayed us all outside as a ‘scarecrow’, vs the USA, as a civilizational, superior, remarkable, big picture, was supposed to fix and calm us down", Jovanović points out.

Jovanovic points out that Miliband is not the only one who predicted the "Balkanization" of America, that is, who warned that the USA could face with a "disintegration".

"Many serious analysts see this and warn that America is facing a kind of internal abyss. Of course, it is a picture that wants to emphasize the importance of it for viewers and readers, there are exaggerations in linguistic expression, but the essence of the problem is well seen. It seems to me that Trump is leaving, but the ‘trampism’ that he publicly proclaimed and showed to the world remains. This is what worries Americans and many of their friends, that America, wounded from within, may begin to act like a wounded great force in relations with others, and as the proverb says - a wounded lion is the most dangerous", notes Jovanović.

Jovanovic believes that there is a trace of historical revenge in the recent events in America, although, as he says, many think that it is nonsense.

"Now we have the opportunity for the last empire, America, to experience its replay of the 'Balkan syndrome', because it was created with the help of physical, violent and other forms of pressure, spreading to neighboring countries: Canada, Mexico, Cuba, finishing with a colonial conquest. USA had an imperial appetite and as such kept preserved. When internal contradictions grew so great that United States began to lose the ability to regulate its own life and relations with the world normally, then it fell into a terrible crisis that returns like a boomerang. All bad things that they did to the world has reached the threshold of the Capitol. Now their Capitol is experiencing what they were producing around the world, when they applauded every violent intrusion of demonstrators into other people's parliaments," Jovanovic concluded.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hoti threatened Serbia

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The Prime Minister of the Pristina interim institutions, Avdullah Hoti, threatened that Pristina would reintroduce reciprocal measures towards Belgrade.

SOURCE: TANJUG TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021 | 10:55

He pointed out that this will happen if the dialogue process does not end with an agreement on mutual recognition.

After a meeting with political representatives of Albanians from the south of central Serbia, Hoti said that Pristina has the right to retaliate against Belgrade for every measure that, as it claims, Belgrade applies, Voice of America reports.

"However, I believe that with the help of international partners, with whom we are involved in this process, there will be no need to go down that extreme path. We are making progress towards a final agreement every day," Hoti said.

During the meeting in Pristina, with the representatives of the Albanians from the south of central Serbia, he presented the working agenda of the recently established Office of the Government of Kosovo for the so-called Presevo Valley, i.e. three municipalities in the south of central Serbia, in which members of the Albanian national minority reside.

Compulsory military service in Greece to increase by 3 months

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by PAUL ANTONOPOULOS

Compulsory military service in Greece has increased by 3 months and returns to 12 months, Ethnos reported.

However, the 9-month compulsory military service will continue to apply to those who serve all their months of military service at the Greek-Turkish border.

Greek army military GreeceThe plan of Greece’s Ministry of National Defense is in the last stages of preparation.

These changes will likely be implemented within the first half of 2021 and this system has been used in the past and has been tested in practice.

Increasing the human resources in the Armed Forces to 133,000 is a priority and the Ministry of National Defense aims to increase the “ceiling” of personnel in the Army from 68,300 combat officers and soldiers to 93,500.

Tensions in Imia – The Armed Forces on standby

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Risk of ignition over the Imia islets in the eastern Aegean – How the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will try to take advantage of political instability in the U.S. – How and why they are feverishly preparing the Greek Armed Forces.

What unfolded last year in the Eastern Mediterranean basin saw the European Union continue to face with “irritating” stoicism the continuing and ever-increasing challenges of Turkey.

Unprecedented instability and political confusion prevails in the U.S. and enables the Turkish regime to emerge in the most dangerous way its revisionist pursuits.

The consequences of the EU’s indecision are manifold and are already being felt.

The marginalization of the EU by a credible lever of pressure and foreign policy, and its replacement by Turkey and Russia, proved to be a peritoneum in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh which was left to the appetites of the Azeris and their Turkish allies.

On the other hand, the U.S.’ tolerance of Turkish provocations for several months has only fueled Ankara’s unilateral actions.

The Turkish president may have recently embarked on a “charm operation” in Brussels and Washington, and analysts estimate that Erdoğan will try to take advantage of the transition period between the Trump administration and Biden.

Risk of ignition with unforeseen consequences

Turkey in the present geopolitical instability rejoices and tries to exploit it.

The incident in Imia, with the Turkish coastguard harassing Greek fishermen and literally hitting the boats of the Greek Coast Guard, raises tensions.



This confirms that despite the efforts of the Turkish leadership to show its supposedly good face, the Turkish regime seeks a conflict aimed at dragging Greece to the table of unconditional negotiations.

Of course, the point that Ankara tried to provoke is not accidental.
Tensions in Imia – The Armed Forces on standby
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Risk of ignition over the Imia islets in the eastern Aegean – How the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will try to take advantage of political instability in the U.S. – How and why they are feverishly preparing the Greek Armed Forces.

What unfolded last year in the Eastern Mediterranean basin saw the European Union continue to face with “irritating” stoicism the continuing and ever-increasing challenges of Turkey.

Unprecedented instability and political confusion prevails in the U.S. and enables the Turkish regime to emerge in the most dangerous way its revisionist pursuits.

The consequences of the EU’s indecision are manifold and are already being felt.

The marginalization of the EU by a credible lever of pressure and foreign policy, and its replacement by Turkey and Russia, proved to be a peritoneum in the case of Nagorno-Karabakh which was left to the appetites of the Azeris and their Turkish allies.

On the other hand, the U.S.’ tolerance of Turkish provocations for several months has only fueled Ankara’s unilateral actions.

The Turkish president may have recently embarked on a “charm operation” in Brussels and Washington, and analysts estimate that Erdoğan will try to take advantage of the transition period between the Trump administration and Biden.

Risk of ignition with unforeseen consequences

Turkey in the present geopolitical instability rejoices and tries to exploit it.

The incident in Imia, with the Turkish coastguard harassing Greek fishermen and literally hitting the boats of the Greek Coast Guard, raises tensions.

Imia: Collision of Greek, Turkish Coast Guard boats

This confirms that despite the efforts of the Turkish leadership to show its supposedly good face, the Turkish regime seeks a conflict aimed at dragging Greece to the table of unconditional negotiations.

Of course, the point that Ankara tried to provoke is not accidental.

In ​​Imia, but also in other places either on the sea or land border, such as in Evros, even an “accidental” action or a maritime accident can ignite a spark and develop into an event with unpredictable consequences.

Greek policymakers are well aware that Erdoğan is insolvent and for this reason the Armed Forces are intensively preparing for any eventuality, including Imia.

Besides, the visit of the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros on New Year’s Eve to Crete, Karpathos and Kastellorizo, was not only accidental and ceremonial.

These are the areas that have been in the sights of Ankara for a year now, especially Kastellorizo ​​and the whole Megisti complex, which is the biggest obstacle in its plans for the famous “Blue Homeland”.

With the Turkish regime insisting on aggressive tactics against Greece and Cyprus, endangering peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, there is absolutely no room for inaction and complacency in the Greek Armed Forces.

The Greek military want to prevent any aggressive actions by Ankara and to end it in its infancy, particularly around Imia.

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Imia location.
It is obvious that despite the efforts for armament upgrade and strengthening of the three branches of the military, which are running with very fast procedures, the military leadership wants to “shield” the borders of the country as best as possible.

At the same time they want keep everyone on maximum vigilance.

Even with the existing potential and with all the means and armament they have, they will continue to successfully complete the mission assigned to them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Vassilis Skoularakos is a correspondent for News Bomb.

Trump: State of emergency

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US President Donald Trump approved the declaration of a state of emergency for Washington, which should last until January 24, the White House announced today.

SOURCE: TANJUG TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021 | 11:15

This was done after the services warned of security threats during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.

The state of emergency was declared by the mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, last Wednesday, after the incursion of the demonstrators into the Congress, because after that, information about the planned riots during the inauguration began to appear.

It is stated that the declaration of a state of emergency will enable the Department of National Security and the Federal Agency for Emergency Management to help the city in any emergency situation.

On Sunday, Muriel Bowser asked Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to approve the declaration before the disaster occurs, as well as to extend the engagement of the US Secret Service for the inauguration from January 11 to January 24 instead of the previously planned 19th and 21st January.

Wolf resigned shortly before Trump approved the state of emergency, citing ongoing court rulings challenging his authority as acting secretary. However, as Politico writes, citing an unnamed source, an administration official said that Wolf’s being disturbed by what happened last week was one of several reasons he resigned.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Ο εναγκαλισμός Αγκυρας-Τιράνων προβληματίζει την Αθήνα

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Τέλος, σε στρατιωτικό πλαίσιο συζητήθηκαν τα εξοπλιστικά προγράμματα του στρατού της Αλβανίας, η διάθεση πλεονάζοντος στρατιωτικού υλικού, οι προσεχείς κοινές ασκήσεις Ειδικών Δυνάμεων, η χρήση δύο ναυτικών βάσεων από τουρκικά πλοία και υποβρύχια στην Αδριατική, η συμμετοχή της Τουρκίας στην υπό κατασκευή νατοϊκή αεροπορική βάση της Κουτσόβε, η πραγματοποίηση τριμερών στρατιωτικών επαφών με το Κόσοβο, η αναβάθμιση της υπηρεσίας στρατιωτικών πληροφοριών της Αλβανίας, οι επαφές Αλβανών και Τούρκων σε διεθνείς αποστολές για την υποστήριξη της ειρήνης (σε Αφγανιστάν κ.ά.), ως και η αύξηση των Αλβανών σπουδαστών στις στρατιωτικές σχολές της Τουρκίας, συμπεριλαμβανομένου και του τουρκο-νατοϊκού ειδικού κέντρου για την αντιμετώπιση της τρομοκρατίας στην Αγκυρα (ονόματι Coedat, που είναι ιδιαίτερα εξελιγμένο και υψηλών προδιαγραφών). Επειδή, ο ακόλουθος Αμυνας της Τουρκίας στα Τίρανα ήταν από τους εκλεκτούς υφισταμένους του Ακάρ στο παρελθόν, εκτιμάται ότι συζητήθηκαν και άλλα επιμέρους θέματα που δεν έγιναν γνωστά και τα οποία είναι βέβαιο πως έχουν «προεκτάσεις».

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Πάντως, οι ενισχυμένες θέσεις σε στρατηγική συνεργασία μεταξύ Τιράνων και Αγκυρας απαιτούν εκ μέρους μας μεγάλη προσοχή και καλό δίκτυο πληροφοριών παρά τα ανοίγματα του Ράμα, που τον Απρίλιο έχει να αντιμετωπίσει και εκλογές…

Ο Δρ Αθανάσιος Ε. Δρούγος είναι Διεθνολόγος-Γεωστρατηγικός Αναλυτής*

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Merkel: It's problematic

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers the bans that Twitter and other social networks imposed on U.S. President Donald Trump rather problematic.

SOURCE: TANJUG MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2021 | 16:46

According to Merkel, freedom of speech and opinion are the most important human rights.

"This right can be limited, but only in accordance with the law and within the framework defined by the legislators, and not by the decisions of the management of social networks", Merkel concluded.

"From that point of view, the chancellor considers it problematic that the orders of the American president are permanently blocked", said her spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

Explaining the position of the chancellor, he said that those who run social networks have a great responsibility in the sense that political communication is not poisoned by hatred, lies and incitement to violence.

According to the AP, Merkel believes that it is equally important not to stay aside when such content appears, and that it will be marked, but it is equally important to enable freedom of opinion and speech.

Twitter has permanently suspended Trump's Twitter account, citing "the risk of future incitement to violence" as the reason, after his supporters invaded the Capitol.

Facebook has decided to suspend the outgoing president's account at least until January 20, when his successor Joe Biden will take office.

Ο Μητσοτάκης συγχαίρει τους Έλληνες στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο

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Στην 30η επέτειο της Ομόνοιας, για πρώτη φορά σε 25 χρόνια, ένας Έλληνας πρωθυπουργός αναφέρει τη Βόρεια Ήπειρο.

Το πρώτο πολύ καλό που ο πρωθυπουργός Μητσοτάκης αναφέρει την έκφραση Βόριο Ηπείρου. Εδώ τον συγχαίρουμε. Όσο για την ένωση που έκανε η Ομόνοια για εμάς ,,, δεν στέκεται εδώ. Η Ελλάδα έχει υποστηρίξει μερικά από τα ηγετικά μέλη της Ομόνοιας και άφησε τους άλλους Έλληνες της βόρειας Ηπείρου. Η Ομόνοια υποστηρίζεται από την Ελλάδα αρκετά για να πούμε, ότι έχουμε ελληνική μειονότητα στην Αλβανία και μόνο αυτό. Αλλά ποτέ δεν δίνει έμφαση στον Βόρειο Ήπειρο, ως αναπόσπαστο τμήμα της ελληνικής επικράτειας, που άφησε η ίδια η Ελλάδα και οι μεγάλες δυνάμεις εκτός της μητέρας Ελλάδας.

Ενώ στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο, το έδαφος που παραβιάζεται και πολλαπλασιάζεται όλο και περισσότερο από Μουσουλμάνους Αλβανούς και Καθολικούς, οι Έλληνες κάτοικοι σκέφτονται διαφορετικά. "Η Ελλάδα μας άφησε στη λάσπη, καθώς ανησυχεί για τις σχέσεις με την Τουρκία, 12 ναυτικά μίλια", λένε. Αλλά αυτή δεν είναι η λύση. Η Βόρεια Ήπειρος, διπλωματικά αλλά όχι σε εθνικό επίπεδο, αφέθηκε να επιλυθεί από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και η ίδια η Αθήνα δεν μπορούσε να κάνει ένα ασφαλές βήμα προς τα εμπρός, παρόλο που η Αλβανία έλαβε ψήφους από την Ελλάδα για το ΝΑΤΟ και τώρα για την ΕΕ.







ΧΑΙΡΕΤΙΣΜΟΣ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ Κ. ΚΥΡΙΑΚΟΥ ΜΗΤΣΟΤΑΚΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ 30 ΕΤΗ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΙΔΡΥΣΗ ΤΗΣ«ΔΕΕΕΜ-ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ»


Αγαπητοί φίλοι και συμπατριώτες, 

Η Δημοκρατική Ένωση Εθνικής Ελληνικής Μειονότητας «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ» κλείνει 30 χρόνια δημιουργικής παρουσίας στην Αλβανία. Γεννήθηκε στις δύσκολες συνθήκες  μετάβασης της χώρας στη δημοκρατία. Δίνοντας στον Ελληνισμό του γειτονικού κράτους νόμιμη πολιτική έκφραση, ύστερα από δεκαετίες καταπίεσης και απομόνωσης. Ταυτίστηκε, έτσι, με τον αγώνα των ομογενών μας για ουσιαστική ισοπολιτεία. Για την πλήρη κατοχύρωση των ανθρώπινων και μειονοτικών τους δικαιωμάτων. Για την ίδια τους την αξιοπρέπεια. 

Το έργο των ανθρώπων της δεν υπήρξε ποτέ ανέφελο. Συνάντησαν καχυποψία και θεσμικά εμπόδια και πολλά στελέχη της αντιμετώπισαν διώξεις. Βρέθηκαν ακόμη και στη φυλακή. Όμως, η «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ» στάθηκε ακλόνητη στους στόχους της: ομοψυχία και ενότητα μεταξύ των ομοεθνών μας. Αλλά και ομόνοια, όπως δηλώνει λιτά και ρητά το όνομά της, με τους συμπολίτες τους. Στην τριαντάχρονη διαδρομή της, αφοσιώθηκε στα δικαιώματα των Ελλήνων της Αλβανίας και στην εξύψωση του βιοτικού τους επιπέδου.

Η «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ» υπήρξε, ταυτόχρονα, καθοριστικός παράγοντας εκδημοκρατισμού και της ίδιας της Αλβανίας. Γιατί ως φορέας έκφρασης της μειονότητας, δραστηριοποιήθηκε πάντοτε για το καλό της ευρύτερης πολιτικής κοινότητας. Με σεβασμό στους θεσμούς, πολιτεύθηκε με μετριοπάθεια και δυναμισμό. Διεκδικώντας ελευθερία και ισονομία στο πρόσωπο των ομογενών, αλλά και στο όνομα όλων των Αλβανών. Μια φωνή λογικής και καταλλαγής σε μια κοινωνία που συχνά δοκιμάστηκε από διχόνοιες. Ένας αναντικατάστατος δίαυλος αλληλοκατανόησης. Και, παράλληλα, ένα σταθερό όχημα ενδυνάμωσης των διμερών σχέσεων. 

Είμαι βέβαιος ότι το πνεύμα ενότητας και συνεννόησης θα συνεχίσει να διατρέχει τη δράση της «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑΣ», καθώς μένουν ακόμη να γίνουν πολλά από την αλβανική πολιτεία ώστε να εμπεδωθεί η πλήρης και απρόσκοπτη άσκηση των δικαιωμάτων των ομογενών μας. Η ελληνική κυβέρνηση θα συνεχίσει να στηρίζει κάθε ενέργεια των γειτόνων που θα οδηγεί σε περισσότερη και ουσιαστικότερη δημοκρατία. Θα συμπαρίσταται σε κάθε βήμα τους προς την ευρωπαϊκή οικογένεια. Και αισιοδοξώ ότι όσο βαθαίνει και ξεδιπλώνεται η θετική δυναμική των διμερών μας σχέσεων, τόσο θα προχωρά και η βελτίωση της θέσης της ελληνικής μειονότητας. 

Αγαπητοί φίλοι και συμπατριώτες, 

Στα 200 χρόνια του ελεύθερου βίου μας που γιορτάζουμε εφέτος, ο ρόλος των Βορειοηπειρωτών υπήρξε καθοριστικός. Και έχουμε μία τρανή ευκαιρία να θυμηθούμε και να τιμήσουμε τους δεκάδες επιφανείς συμπατριώτες μας που ξεκίνησαν από εκεί για να προκόψουν σε όλο τον κόσμο. Από τον Ιωάννη Δομπόλη και τον Σίμωνα Σίνα μέχρι τον Απόστολο Αρσάκη και τους εξαδέλφους Ζάππα, οι Βορειοηπειρώτες στάθηκαν πρωτοπόροι υποστηρικτές του νεαρού, τότε, ελληνικού κράτους. Και το βοήθησαν καθοριστικά στα πρώτα του βήματα με δομές, ιδρύματα και δωρεές.

Είναι αλήθεια πως η ελληνική πολιτεία δεν στάθηκε πάντοτε αντάξια των ευεργεσιών τους. Λησμόνησε, κατά καιρούς, τους ομογενείς της Αλβανίας, που επί χρόνια αγωνίζονταν μόνοι τους, σε συνθήκες ανελευθερίας και καταστολής, για επιβίωση και συνέχεια. Χρειάστηκε να καταρρεύσει το τυραννικό καθεστώς για να αποκατασταθούν οι δεσμοί τους με την Ελλάδα. Και να γίνει η «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ» θεμέλιο της αναγέννησης του Ελληνισμού της Αλβανίας. Στη δράση της αυτή θα έχει, σας διαβεβαιώνω, σταθερό αρωγό και συμπαραστάτη την ελληνική κυβέρνησή.

Χρόνια πολλά για τα γενέθλια της «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑΣ». Εύχομαι να ακολουθήσουν πολλές ακόμη δεκαετίες πολύπλευρης προσφοράς.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Greek Parliament to Vote on Extension of Territorial Waters in Ionian Sea

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By Nick Kampouris -Jan 9, 2021

A bill to extend the territorial waters of Greece westwards was brought to the Greek Parliament on Friday.

The bill is titled “To establish the width of the territorial zone in the marine area of the Ionian and the Ionian Islands to Cape Tainaron of the Peloponnese” and it was brought to the Parliament by the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The bill extends Greek territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea, and its first reading is scheduled at a committee level on Tuesday, January 12.

Its second reading will take place on January 15, and on January 19 it will be introduced to the plenary for debate and voting.

Parliament Speaker Constantine Tassoulas said that because the bill extends the country’s borders, he will exercise his right to call for a roll-call vote on it so that an absolute majority vote is demonstrated clearly.

(With information from AMNA)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

US Anarchy Sends Shockwaves Around the Globe

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By Tasos Kokkinidis -Jan 7, 2021
US anarchy
Trump supporters storm the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Video frame
The storming of the US Congress by Trump supporters on Wednesday sent shockwaves around the globe.

World leaders reacted with disbelief and horror at the violent attempt to overthrow the will of the American people by storming the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the iconic center of the biggest democracy in the world.

Four people were killed and scores injured during clashes between demonstrators and security forces. A woman was shot dead by police and three others died of “medical emergencies”, police say.

The violence erupted after Trump spoke to protesters to repeat his false claim that he won the US election in November.

“Shocking” and “disgraceful”
World leaders around the world reacted with concern online, describing the chaotic scenes as “shocking” and “disgraceful.”

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he was “extremely troubled by the violence.”

Monday, January 4, 2021

Kosovo 2021: EU-Washington Joint Forces Against Serbs

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Pristina, during the celebration of 10 years of the so-called independence of the so-called Kosovo

 © Sputnik / Alexei Vitvitsky

ANALYSIS AND OPINIONS
20:55 Join Date 02.01.2021

Elections, visa liberalization for Kosovo, Kurti's return, pressure on Belgrade, joint EU-Washington forces and a year of decision regarding Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. Serbs are facing an even more convulsive and further struggle for a minimum of personal and collective - ghetto rights.

This is a brief summary of what 2021 will bring to Kosovo, the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and Serbs living in our southern province, seen from the point of view of our interlocutors from the Serbian and Albanian sides - Zivojin Rakocevic, journalists and publicists from Kosovo and Metohija, and political scientist Agim Shami. from Pristina.

Albanians will not be able to do without outside help
Rakocevic believes that the biggest challenges for Pristina will be the new government, that is, the question - who will control the crisis and internal contradictions, and whether due to Thaci's stay in The Hague, his system of control over Kosovo will begin to fall apart.

"In Kosovo, there are sub-institutions (criminal-clan), official institutions (municipalities, government, parliament) and supra-institutions (embassies) that share power and interests. The possibility for the existence of democracy and development has disappeared, most people go headlong to the West, schools are closing down, extreme nationalist ideas are flourishing, Islamists are confidently and surely strengthening their positions, a huge number of people are on the brink of poverty. None of the current leaders, without the help of foreigners, can unite the Albanians. The empty institutional shell will continue its life filled with tensions and the absence of solutions, especially democratic ones, "Rakočević is convinced.
Modification of the Washington Agreement
Shahimi says that next year will be moments that were unimaginable, but happened and "merged" Pristina and Belgrade in the office of former US President Donald Trump. In that context, he adds, we can expect that the Biden administration will support the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, through a possibly modified Washington agreement.

"The dialogue with Serbia was very difficult and it cannot be said that there was success. In 2021, Kosovo is entering a new stage due to new elections, a lot of time will be lost. "Dialogue is at a dead end and no one knows how it will go on, primarily because of two things - we do not know who will be in the new government and who will continue the story of dialogue," says Shahimi.

The final year of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina
According to him, it is certain that next year will be the last year of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and that it will reach an agreement on the normalization of relations.

"If the current spirit rules in Kosovo, there will be no need to sign anything anymore, because the agreement in the White House has already been signed, it just needs to be modified a little." Biden and his administration will put a lot of pressure on Serbia to recognize Kosovo, and on Kosovo not to put any more obstacles such as those taxes. But I expect a new spirit of negotiations at a higher level and in a shorter time. This means that without America, nothing is ever finished, especially in the Balkans, and Biden's administration has a tradition of negotiations and a custom to finish what it starts. And it is time to solve the problem of Kosovo and Serbia with a political agreement that will satisfy everyone, "says Shahimi.
For Serbs, the question is what dialogue brings, not brings
He is convinced that Biden's administration and the European Union will meet and conduct negotiations together, because he believes that it no longer makes sense to discuss the same topics that have been circulating for years without any effect.

Rakocevic, on the other hand, says that as far as international politics is concerned, the hawks from the time of the 1999 bombing are trying to determine their interests and positions.

"The key question for us is not what dialogue brings - but what dialogue brings!" So far, he has taken away our freedom and rights, so we do not believe in him. The moment the Kosovo Serbs and everyone else who is endangered here tell you: "We are free", the dialogue can begin, there will be returns, we will live in the cities. The basis of dialogue is respect for someone else's freedom, not life in someone else's freedom! During the Trump administration, the European Union pursued a policy towards Kosovo, which was traced by the Clintons, Obama and the American Democrats. With the victory of Joe Biden in the elections, most of the differences in terms of relations with Kosovo and Metohija will disappear. "Kosovo is an interesting, personal and emotional project of the American Democrats and will remain in that embrace for too long," Rakočević points out.
And while our Albanian interlocutor claims that America will support the idea that the Kosovo Special Court will try not only Albanians, but also Serbs, Bosniaks, Roma, everyone who wore someone's uniform and committed a crime, Rakocevic says that Serbs will continue

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Milo Djukanovic refused to sign the Law on Freedom of Religion

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President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanović, sent the adopted laws back to the Parliament, including the Law on Freedom of Religion, for reconsideration.

SOURCE: B92, TANJUG SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021 | 16:00

The reason for that, as he states, is the open issue of quorum at the session at which those laws were adopted, as well as the legal issue of the mandate of the two deputies.

The explanation states that pursuant to Article 90, paragraph 3 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro, it is prescribed that "the quorum is determined by applying the electronic voting system, in such a way that each MP is obliged to personally identify (register) by inserting an identification card at the seat or on the basis of the records of the Secretary General of the Assembly ''.

"Therefore, the question is whether there was a quorum at the beginning of the session and the adoption of its agenda, and thus the issue of democratic legitimacy, as well as compliance of adopted laws with the Constitution of Montenegro and applicable legal regulations," Djukanovic said in a statement submitted to Tanjug.

Also, Djukanović pointed out the open legal issue of stating the termination of the mandate of MP Filip Adžić and confirming the mandate of Suada Zoronjić, given the mostly negative decision of the State Election Commission, as well as the overall parliamentary practice in Montenegro that the mandate of a member of Parliament is confirmed only at proposal of that independent institutional authority.

Accordingly, Djukanović returned the following legal acts to the Assembly for reconsideration: the Law on Amendments to the Labor Law, the Law on Amendments to the Law on Freedom of Religion and the Legal Status of Religious Communities; Law on Amendments to the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees; Law on Amendments to the Law on Health Care, Law on Amendments to the Law on Credit Institutions; Law on Amendments to the Law on Rehabilitation of Credit Institutions and Law on Amendments to the Law on Fiscalization in the Trade of Products and Services.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Albanians in Kosovo show the right face: dethrone Americans, elevate Merkel - for the benefit

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POLITICS Sputnik
20:13 30.12.2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dethroned Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright and other US officials who were considered favorite leaders among Kosovo Albanians.

Political analyst Dragomir Andjelkovic sees this turn in the budget of Albanians - they need Germany now and are trying to create the illusion of Merkel's popularity in Kosovo. to the other offered candidates, with 66 percent. Immediately behind it is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with 14 percent, while the Americans won only nine percent of the vote.

Albanians know that the Germans will have the main say
Andjelkovic notes that the epilogue of this research may be a consequence of the rationality of Kosovo Albanians.


Secret contract: Americans sent armored vehicles to Pristina
"Albanians have always been pragmatic and have always tried to realize their interests by relying on some force that they think is dominant in the region." "They understand that Germany will have the main say in the Balkans when it comes to the West, and that Biden's victory does not mean America's return to the Balkans, but giving Washington the green light to Berlin to be a factor that will try to impose what the West wants." our interlocutor.
Our interlocutor notes that the big question is whether the result of the research is really a reflection of the Albanian public or the Albanian elite behind such research.

Maybe the elite emphasizes the Germans, but ordinary Albanians ...
"Research has always been rigged and does not necessarily mean that it is accurate. It is more likely that this is the attitude of the Albanian political elite, which understands that they need Germany, so they are trying to create the illusion in Berlin that Germany is so popular in Kosovo. I don't think most Albanians can be mature enough to realize that it's in their interest to show this kind of loyalty to Berlin and it's probably among the citizens of America itself, that is, Biden is still more popular, but those who can fake the survey probably figured they it pays to bring the German ground to the forefront ", explains Andjelković.
Our interlocutor reminds that Biden constantly emphasized cooperation with Berlin and affection for Euro-Atlantic cooperation, so it can be expected that he will let Berlin be in the forefront when it comes to Kosovo, as well as be on the side of Germany.

Is the secret in Merkel's plan?
"Trump had a conflict with Berlin, and unlike him, Biden will not have it either in terms of the EU or in terms of conducting politics in the Balkans. Therefore, it is clear that the Germans will have a key role in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina ", concludes Andjelković.


Source Government of Kosovo: Germany is arming Kosovo and Metohija with cannons and missile systems - with a wink from Angela Merkel
The possibility that Merkel won the sympathy of Kosovo Albanians lies in her plan to resolve the status of Kosovo in three phases, which she offered in the dialogue she led with the French.

Let us remind you, she then presented a plan whose realization would last for the next 20 years, and according to which there is no division of Kosovo. The plan included autonomy for northern Kosovo within self-proclaimed Kosovo. After a few years, the North would, according to the plan, receive a special status that would be more than autonomy, and in the final, third phase, a referendum would be called in which citizens from the North would decide whether they want to stay within the borders of so-called Kosovo or they want to live in Serbia. The plan was also rejected by Belgrade and Paris, but was then accepted by Pristina.
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Greece and Israel agree on air force flight training centre in Kalamata
by GCT TEAM

Greek-Israeli cooperation in the field of defense ‘flies’ higher.

After five months of negotiations, Greece and Israel have reached an agreement for the transformation of Kalamata Airport into a flight training center.

The agreement was presented last week to the relevant parliamentary committee by Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

According to sources, Israeli company Elbit was chosen over the Canadian CAE in the “air battle” to undertake the project.

The cost of the proposal amounts to €1.375 billion over a period of 22 years.

The program will be implemented via an intergovernmental agreement with Israel.

It is part of the Memorandum of Defense Cooperation between Greece and Israel, based on the common geostrategic and geopolitical interests of the two countries in the wider region.

The training center will not only be for pilots of the Hellenic Air Force, but also for pilots of other countries.

Greece, Cyprus and Israel agree to boost defence cooperation
Last month Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met with his counterparts from Cyprus, Charalambos Petrides, and Israel, Benny Gantz.

Among issues they discussed was collaboration in exercises, training, exchange of information, naval safety and cybersecurity.

“Our joint goal is to implement a long-term, cohesive and substantial strategic collaboration, based on international law and the principles of good neighbourliness with all regions of the area,” Panagiotopoulos said.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Everything depends on the Serbs! The great return of America will start from BiH or Kosovo

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 29.12.2020
Brankica Ristic Sputnik

America is preparing a big comeback - "come back" to the Balkans, and whether it will choose Sarajevo or Pristina as a starting point depends on a global plan that is currently not in the interests of Western interests. However, the upcoming year will not be a year of denouement for either BiH or Kosovo, because both issues depend on the Serbian factor, Sputnik's interlocutors are convinced.

Zoran Milivojevic, a former diplomat, notes that America has no priority in the Balkans when it comes to Kosovo or Bosnia and Herzegovina, because they see it as part of a single package with the strategic goal of the West to include this part of the world in its sphere of interest.

Serbs are a major obstacle to America
"The West is facing serious problems. In an effort to preserve its global position, it will export part of its internal problems, that is, by resolving issues at current points in the Balkans, it will try to amortize its internal problems. However, both issues depend on the Serbs ", our interlocutor believes.

According to him, the United States would choose BiH for its great return to this region only if it deems it easier.

"Unification or federalization of BiH implies questioning the position of RS. When it comes to what can be solved faster and more efficiently, that is, on which side we could concentrate more - on Pristina or BiH, then we would choose BiH, but that would only be in the short term, because essentially, it is one package. and it cannot be separated from each other, "Milivojevic said.
It is possible that they will "start" from BiH
Serbs in RS will certainly not allow that, our interlocutor notes, just as Serbia will not recognize Kosovo. But he adds that there may be more pressure on BiH for the simple reason that the power ratio there is 2: 1.

"Greater pressure on the Serbian side and perhaps an assessment that the Serbian factor in BiH can be broken more easily than here in Serbia." "Because Serbia is still a state and it is harder to break it if something doesn't work," Milivojevic says.

Political scientist from Banja Luka, Andjelko Kozomara, is convinced that the outcome has occurred in BiH, but, as he says, he is convinced that it will not happen, and even if it does, it will not be better.

"The interests of the three peoples are diametrically opposed, because the two peoples do not want centralization, while the Bosniaks only want that. That is why they rely on Biden from the time when he was a Bosniak lobbyist who advocated the bombing of Serbs in both BiH and Serbia. "I hope that Biden has changed in the meantime, and from the position of the most powerful military force in the world, he cannot behave like a cowboy like he did in the 1990s," Kozomara points out.
The hope of Bosniaks, he adds, that America will give them everything it wants is illusory now, because America has a material interest in Kosovo, it created Kosovo and I think the focus will be a priority, because BiH cannot regulate the way Bosniaks want.

American interests to the detriment of RS
Professor Dr. Stevica Dedjanski, president of the Center for International Cooperation, does not expect BiH to be the key to American return, but he expects them to be seriously engaged in resolving the issue of BiH at the expense of Serbs.

"The enthusiasm of Zeljko Komsic and Bakir Izetbegovic has increased because they expect big changes due to the arrival of Biden at the head of America." "I expect some changes, but not as big as they hope," he said.
In his opinion, the key thing is that nothing can happen without the consent of Serbs, be it in Kosovo or BiH.

Indications that the Biden administration could target BiH began when the US Senate Armed Services Committee, at a hearing on the security situation in Southeast Europe, concluded that stronger US involvement in the region was necessary because of the unstable and conflicting Balkans. undermines American national security and a diplomatic withdrawal would be a major American defeat.

The second indication was that NATO's influence was weak, and as the most serious factor, they cited Russian influence, which they believe is its focus in the Republika Srpska.

TAPEnergia, il gas dell'Azerbaigian arriva per la prima volta in Italia dal Adriatico

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Mentre in Albania, non si sente nessuna notizzie per qualle l,economia del paese, non depende ancora dal gasdotto, nel paese piu povero del europa, estata creata una propaganda del TAP, come un salvadore della crescita della economia albanese.



Nell'ultimo giorno del 2020 il gas estratto nel giacimento di Shah Deniz II, in Azerbaigian, è iniziato a fluire fisicamente lungo il gasdotto Trans Adriatic Pipeline. L'infrastruttura trasporta il gas azero fino a Melendugno, in Puglia, dove i tubi della Tap si collegano con la rete italiana.

Dopo anni di proteste e controversie giudiziarie oggi per la prima volta il gas estratto nel giacimento di Shah Deniz II, in Azerbaigian, è arrivato al terminale di interconnessione di San Foca di Melendugno, in Puglia, attraverso il gasdotto Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

Lo scorso 15 novembre la multinazionale Tap ha avviato le operazioni commerciali lungo l’infrastruttura che si estende per 878 chilometri, attraversando Grecia, Albania e il mare Adriatico prima di arrivare allo snodo pugliese di Melendugno.

“Le prime molecole di gas hanno raggiunto in giornata sia la Grecia e la Bulgaria, attraverso il punto di interconnessione con la rete DESFA a Nea Mesimvria, sia l’Italia, attraverso il punto di interconnessione tra TAP e Snam Rete Gas (SRG) a Melendugno”, ha annunciato l’azienda con sede in Svizzera.

“TAP è ora parte integrante della rete di distribuzione del gas del continente e contribuisce significativamente alla transizione energetica in atto, offriamo un servizio di trasporto diretto, sicuro e a costi competitivi lungo la nuova rotta del Corridoio Meridionale del Gas, che attraverso i Paesi del sud est europeo raggiunge tutto il continente”, ha detto Luca Schieppati, Managing Director della società, parlando di “giornata storica”.

“L’inizio delle forniture fisiche di gas costituisce una pietra miliare per il mercato energetico europeo”, ha aggiunto Marija Savova, Direttore Commerciale della TAP.
Il gasdotto fa parte del Corridoio Meridionale del Gas, che trasporta in Europa il gas azero. Si collega al TANAP, il Trans Anatolian Pipeline, alla frontiera greco-turca e poi attraversa il nord della Grecia, l’Albania e il Mare Adriatico prima di approdare nel sud Italia. È qui che il gasdotto si connette alla rete di distribuzione italiana.

“Il Corridoio Meridionale del Gas – si legge sul sito della TAP - favorisce la sicurezza energetica dell'Europa, la progressiva integrazione dei mercati e il percorso di decarbonizzazione intrapreso dall’Unione”.
L’azienda già guarda al futuro. La prossima estate, infatti, entrerà nel vivo la seconda fase nel market test “che consentirà la futura espansione di TAP, raddoppiando la capacità di trasporto del gasdotto fino a 20 miliardi di metri cubi annui”.

La costruzione del gasdotto è iniziata in Grecia nel maggio del 2016. La realizzazione del tratto tra la Grecia e l’Italia, secondo i dati riportati dall’Agenzia Agi, è costato quattro miliardi di euro.

Nel 2019 è stata avviata l’installazione di 105 chilometri di tubi offshore nel mar Adriatico, fino a 810 metri sotto il livello del mare. Soltanto un anno fa è stato ultimato il posizionamento del microtunnel lungo 1564 metri sulla spiaggia di Melendugno. L’allaccio con la rete nazionale italiana avviene a Mesagne, nel Brindisino, con un tubo lungo 55 chilometri.
Negli anni sono andate in scena numerose proteste animate dal comitato No-Tap, che ha organizzato diverse iniziative che a volte sono sfociate in vere e proprie rivolte per ostacolare i lavori di costruzione.

Contrario all’opera anche il sindaco di Melendugno, Marco Potì, che ha portato la multinazionale Tap in tribunale. Anche il governatore della Puglia, Michele Emiliano, aveva proposto di spostare il punto di arrivo del gasdotto più a nord.

Nel 2018 è stato il premier Giuseppe Conte a mettere la parola fine alla controversia spiegando come rinunciare all'opera avrebbe avuto “costi insostenibili”.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Edi Rama Criticizes Russian Embassy’s ‘Ridiculous Provocation’ over Vaccines

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Dec 29, 2020.

Albanian Prime Minister has criticized the Russian Embassy in Albania for offering his government to negotiate with Russia the purchase of its “Sputnik-V” vaccine, following Rama’s complaint about the European Union’s vaccine distribution plan.

Yesterday, the Russian Embassy in Tirana reminded the government that the Sputnik vaccine was available if needed.

Rama called the post “inappropriate” and “ridiculous”.

“I thought it was a meme, because for a serious state it is completely inappropriate to make such provocations. When I say provocation I do not mean to deliver a diplomatic demarche to Russia, because this is a ridiculous provocation. And it is not good for a serious country like Russia to become ridiculous with such posts[…] I express my regret for this[…]”

The Albanian Prime Minister said he would welcome an apology by the Russian Embassy, even just for the misunderstanding.

In addition, he said that Albania is now focused to get vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca and Moderna, but that his government does not judge other vaccines, be they from Russia, China or other countries.

29 Δεκεμβρίου 1940: Το υποβρύχιο «Πρωτεύς» στο κανάλι του Οτράντο, βυθίζει το ιταλικό οπλιταγωγό «Σαρδηνία»

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Η ιστορία του Β 'Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου έχει επίσης τους πρωταγωνιστές της, το 1940 όταν η φασιστική Ιταλία επιτέθηκε στην Ελλάδα από το αλβανικό έδαφος. Όπως γνωρίζουμε, ο νόμος του πολέμου με την Αλβανία θεσπίστηκε με προεδρικό διάταγμα, το οποίο ακόμη και σήμερα έχει εξουσία επί της εισβολής της Αλβανίας.

Ωστόσο, από το κανάλι του Οτράντο έως την Αγία Σαράντα, βόρεια του Ιονίου, το ιταλικό ναυτικό έχει χάσει περίπου 15 πλοία διαφόρων τύπων από κρουαζιερόπλοια, μαχητικά αεροσκάφη, πλοία εφοδιασμού και ακόμη και νοσοκομειακά πλοία.

Η πιο χαρακτηριστική περίπτωση, την οποία οι Αλβανοί ιστορικοί δεν αναφέρουν, είναι η βύθιση στο κανάλι του Οτράντο, λίγο έξω από το λιμάνι της Αυλώνας, το πολεμικό πλοίο Σαρδηνία, το οποίο βυθίστηκε από το ελληνικό υποβρύχιο, Πρωτεύας ,,, διαβάστε παρακάτω το άρθρο από το Πενταπόσταγμα.


29 Δεκεμβρίου 1940: Το υποβρύχιο «Πρωτεύς» βυθίζει το ιταλικό οπλιταγωγό «Σαρδηνία»

Το υποβρύχιο επιτέθηκε με τορπίλες εναντίον της νηοπομπής
Το υποβρύχιο «Πρωτεύς» βυθίζει ανατολικά του Μπρίντεζι το ιταλικό οπλιταγωγό «Σαρδηνία». Στη συνέχεια, όμως, εμβολίζεται από ιταλικό τορπιλοβόλο και βυθίζεται αύτανδρο.

 
Photo Wikipedia: Papanikolis Submarine of the Greek Navy 1940

Το “Πρωτεύς” πραγματοποίησε την πρώτη του πολεμική περιπολία στο Ιόνιο, με κυβερνήτη τον πλωτάρχη Μιχαήλ Χατζηκωνσταντή, από την 30ή Οκτωβρίου έως και την 5η Νοεμβρίου 1940. Κατά την περιπολία αυτή κατέπλευσε στην Πάτρα όπου διεξήγετο αεροπορική επίθεση με αποτέλεσμα να αναγκαστεί να παραμείνει εν καταδύσει μέχρι το τέλος του συναγερμού.


Στις 2  Νοέμβρη το πλοίο εξήλθε στο Ιόνιο και κατευθύνθηκε στην περιοχή της περιπολίας του. Στις 6 Νοεμβρίου και ενώ βρισκόταν στην περιοχή των Παξών υπέστη βλάβη .

Λόγω των άσχημων καιρικών συνθηκών ο κυβερνήτης του κατευθύνθηκε σε υπήνεμη περιοχή των Παξών όπου πραγματοποιήθηκε πρόχειρη επισκευή του πηδαλίου. Στην συνέχεια και αφού έλαβε διαταγή του αρχηγού στόλου να επιστρέψει στον ναύσταθμο ξεκίνησε το ταξίδι της επιστροφής φθάνοντας στον ναύσταθμο της Σαλαμίνας την 5η Νοεμβρίου 1940.

Στις 15 Νοεμβρίου ξεκίνησε για την δεύτερη πολεμική του περιπολία στο Ιόνιο, ενώ στις 26 Δεκεμβρίου του πρώτου έτους του πολέμου, το Πρωτεύς ξεκίνησε για την τρίτη και τελευταία πολεμική του περιπολία, η οποία έμελλε να τελειώσει με την βύθισή του στις 29 Δεκεμβρίου 1940.

Στις 26 Δεκεμβρίου 1940 το ΠΡΩΤΕΥΣ ξεκίνησε για την τρίτη και τελευταία πολεμική του περιπολία, υπό τον πλωτάρχη Μ. Χατζηκωνσταντή, η οποία έμελλε να τελειώσει με την βύθισή του στις 29 Δεκεμβρίου 1940.

Έχοντας φθάσει στην περιοχή περιπολίας του εντόπισε στις 29.12.40 στο στίγμα 40° 31´ Β / 19° 02´ Α εχθρική νηοπομπή, αποτελούμενη από τα ιταλικά μεταγωγικά πλοία SARDEGNA (11.452 ΚΟΧ), ITALIA (5.018 ΚΟΧ) και PIEMONTE (15.209 ΚΟΧ), τα οποία συνοδεύονταν από το ιταλικό τορπιλοβόλο ANTARES (κλάση Spica), 630 τόνων, κυβερνήτης υποπλοίαρχος Nicolo Nicolini), ερχόμενη από την Αυλώνα της Αλβανίας με τελικό προορισμό το Μπρίντιζι της Ιταλίας.

Το υποβρύχιο επιτέθηκε με τορπίλες εναντίον της νηοπομπής καταφέρνοντας να βυθίσει το οπλιταγωγό SARDEGNA. Μετά την εξαπόλυση των τορπιλών το ΠΡΩΤΕΥΣ έχασε το καταδυτικό του βάθος με αποτέλεσμα να ανέλθει στην επιφάνεια, να γίνει αντιληπτό και να βυθιστεί αύτανδρο στην συνέχεια με εμβολισμό από το τορπιλοβόλο ANTARES.

Η βύθιση του ΠΡΩΤΕΥΣ έγινε γνωστή στην Ελλάδα την 10η Ιανουαρίου 1941 από ανακοινωθέν του ιταλικού ραδιοφωνικού σταθμού.


Turkey Provokes Greece Demanding Change in Border Treaty

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By Tasos Kokkinidis -Dec 30, 2020

Turkey provoked Greece by calling on Monday for a renegotiation of the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, which set out the modern borders between the two countries.

The Turkish demand, which was nixed by Greece on Tuesday, was made in the context of exploratory contacts between Ankara and Athens that could start early next year.

Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez included the issue of changing the Lausanne Treaty, again, as one of the bilateral issues to be addressed.

“With the First World War and the wars that followed, there were some conditions that are not clear and perhaps these laid the foundations of today’s discussions.

“One of them is Lausanne. But 100 years have passed, I believe that we can sit down to discuss them, to negotiate,” he stated on Monday.

Greece responds
Asked to comment on Donmez’s move, Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that “there is a framework, it is clear and it is that of exploratory contacts.”

“We have one difference which is the delimitation of the sea zones. We hope that Turkey will stop the provocative actions and provocative statements and catch the thread from where it was cut in March 2016,” he said.

Petsas added that resolving this sole difference will be “for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries but also of for the peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean.”

“This is what we are prepared to do. Nothing else,” he added.

Treaty of Lausanne
The Treaty of Lausanne was a peace treaty negotiated during the Lausanne Conference of 1922–23 and signed in on 24 July 1923.

It officially settled the conflict that had originally existed between the Ottoman Empire and the Allied French Republic, British Empire, Kingdom of Italy, Empire of Japan, Kingdom of Greece, and the Kingdom of Romania since the onset of World War I.

In the treaty, Turkey gave up all claims to the remainder of the Ottoman Empire and in return the Allies recognized Turkish sovereignty within its new borders.

It provided for the Greek-Turkish population exchange and allowed unrestricted civilian passage through the Turkish Straits.

The treaty was ratified by Turkey on 23 August 1923.