Saturday, January 2, 2021

Milo Djukanovic refused to sign the Law on Freedom of Religion


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


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


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.

Greece and Israel agree on air force flight training centre in Kalamata

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


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


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


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»


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


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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pressure Mounts on Albanian Government after Greece Extended Territorial Waters


From: Exit 

Pressure Mounts on Albanian Government after Greece Extended Territorial Waters
The Albanian President, opposition parties, and members of civil society have all asked the government to inform the public regarding its plan for the maritime delimitation with Greece.

Last week, Greece decided to extend its territorial waters from 6 to 12 nautical miles, whilst Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama strongly supported the neighboring country’s right to do so.

The two governments have agreed to have the International Court of Justice decide on the maritime delimitation between the two countries. Before the issue was taken to the court, Greece approved the extension of territorial waters.

Albania has the right to file a complaint with the United Nations about the issue, but Rama has stated that Greece has the full right to extend its waters, the issue is not related to the maritime delimitation, and it does not affect Albania at all.

On Tuesday, President Meta informed the public that he has asked the government for information regarding negotiations with Greece, which resumed in 2018.

“For any development that is directly related or affects the negotiation process for the delimitation of maritime space between the two countries, I have requested exhaustive information and full analysis of the Albanian government, according to the responsibilities that belong to it by law,” Meta stated today.

Rama replied shortly after, accusing the President of attempting to gain political points on behalf of his former party LSI, now in opposition. He insisted that Greece’s extension of territorial water has nothing to do with Albania or the process of maritime delimitation between the two countries.

The largest opposition party PD has also pressured Rama to be transparent. On Sunday, they specifically asked him to inform the public on the result of negotiations for maritime delimitation since 2013.

Furthermore, they asked whether during these negotiations the Greek government ever asked to extend its territorial waters from 6 to 12 miles, what was the government reaction to this, and if the extension affects Albania’s position in negotiations.

The PD also asked whether the Albanian government has analyzed the legal outcomes of the extension of territorial waters before giving their full support.

Lastly, they asked if the Albanian government should present its reservations in international fora regarding the extension, in case it affects Albania negatively.

Two other opposition parties, LSI and PDIU have also criticized Rama for lacking transparency.

A number of members of civil society, including the Albanian branch of Vetevendosje, have stressed the lack of transparency, and Rama’s arrogance regarding the issue.

Responding to critics on Monday, Rama tweeted against “ignorants” who throw “nationalist-folklorist mud” and accuse him of “selling out the country”. He assured the public that making an agreement behind closed doors in the 21th century’s Europe is impossible.

Greece’s 12 nautical miles territorial expansion in the Ionian Sea has come into effect


by GCT 

A presidential decree that closes off bays in the Ionian Sea and draws straight baselines on the coast and the Ionian islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese has come into force the Foreign Ministry announced, AMNA reported.

The ministry said this is part of the process of extending Greece’s territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Ionian Sea.

Expanding Greece's western territorial waters

The Foreign Ministry announced:

“Through its publication in the Government Gazette, the Presidential Decree on the closing of bays and drawing of straight baselines in the maritime area of the Ionian Sea and the Ionian islands up to Cape Tainaro in the Peloponnese entered into force today.”

“The Presidential Decree was issued pursuant to the law ratifying the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” the announcement said.

The Ministry added: “It is a necessary step in the process for extending the country’s territorial waters in the above-mentioned area, an action which is, on the basis of the Convention, our country’s inalienable right.”

Greece's 12 nautical miles territorial expansion in the Ionian Sea has come into effect 2

“The Presidential Decree highlights that Greece reserves the right – as deriving from the Convention on the Law of the Sea, which reflects international customary law – to exercise its respective rights in other areas of its territory,” the announcement continued.

“Firmly committed to upholding International Law, including the Law of the Sea, Greece always acts in line with international legality,” the announcement concluded.

Έντονο πολιτικό κλίμα στα Τίρανα, ο Έντι Ράμα τιμά δύο σημαντικούς υπουργούς, αλλά κατηγορείται ότι υποστηρίζεται από τους Έλληνες των ΗΠΑ, όχι μόνο από την Αθήνα.


Ο Πρωθυπουργός Ράμα αντικατέστησε δύο υπουργούς, τον Υπουργό Εξωτερικών και τον Υπουργό Άμυνας, τιμήνοντας την πολιτική ισορροπία στο Σοσιαλιστικό Κόμμα.

Η απάντηση του Ράμα στα 12 ναυτικά μίλια, ως δικαίωμα της Ελλάδας, έχει ερμηνευτεί στα Τίρανα, ως υπηρεσία που κάνει ο Ράμα στην Ελλάδα και όχι στη χώρα του. Ο Ράμα, από την άλλη πλευρά, αντιπροσωπεύει την ασφάλεια στο γεωστρατηγικό κλίμα μας.

Εν τω μεταξύ, φαίνεται ότι ακόμη και στην Αλβανική πολιτική, τέσσερις μήνες πριν από τις πολιτικές εκλογές, ο Έντι Ράμα παίζει σκληρά. Τα τελευταία χρόνια, μετά τις κατηγορίες ότι ο Ράμα ταξίδεψε στην Ουάσινγκτον για να συναντηθεί με το ελληνικό λόμπι, για το οποίο ο Άλεξ Καρλότσος είπε ότι «ο Έντι Ράμα πρέπει να βοηθηθεί σε αυτήν την πανδημία», όχι μόνο η Τουρκία αλλά και η Γερμανία ύποπτοι από αυτήν τη συνάντηση στις ΗΠΑ και ζήτησαν εξηγήσεις.

Φαίνεται όμως ότι τα πράγματα στρέφονται στη σωστή στιγμή και στιγμή Μετά από σχεδόν 8 χρόνια στην κυβέρνηση, ο Έντι Ράμα, ο οποίος έχει υποστηρίξει τον Ερντογάν σε όλες τις πτυχές προς την Αλβανία, υποστήριξε επίσης το καθολικό λόμπι στην Αλβανία, αλλά φαίνεται να έχει ένα δύσκολο ταξίδι στην Άγκυρα, στις αρχές Ιανουαρίου 2021, αφού εμφανίστηκε μια μη αναστρέψιμη στροφή προς τον Ερντογάν. Κατηγορείται ότι υποστηρίζει την Ελλάδα σε αντιφατικές πολιτικές Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας, ενώ η συνάντηση στην Ουάσινγκτον με στοιχεία του ελληνικού λόμπι φαίνεται να αποτελεί σημείο καμπής, εάν πιστεύεται ότι ο Ράμα κερδίζει τις εκλογές του 2021.


Δεν υπάρχει τρόπος να συμβεί διαφορετικά. Όποτε επιτευχθεί συμφωνία με την Ελλάδα, ο Ερντογάν καλεί τον Πρωθυπουργό της Αλβανίας, στις 6 Ιανουαρίου, να επισκεφθεί την Τουρκία.

Τι συμβαίνει? Δεν υπάρχει πλέον ευθύνη για τα 12 ναυτικά μίλια με την Ελλάδα, ή για την ακύρωση του διαγωνισμού του Αεροδρομίου Αυλώνα, αλλά και μια παλιά οργή του Ερντογάν για τη συνάντηση του Ράμα με τον Άλεξ Καρλότσου στις ΗΠΑ.

Για να είμαστε δίκαιοι, οι πρόσφατες ενέργειες του Έντι Ράμα σχετικά με τα συμφέροντα Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας προκάλεσαν υποψίες στον φίλο του Ερντογάν, αλλά και συνέπειες της στρατηγικής της Τουρκίας για την Αλβανία.

Pentapostagma: Στήνουν προβοκάτσια οι Αλβανοί μετά την επέκταση στα 12 μίλια στο Ιόνιο