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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-26

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  • [01] Traffic measures for return of excursionists
  • [02] Low temperatures throughout the country
  • [03] Deputy DM visits Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • [01] Traffic measures for return of excursionists

    Traffic police on Tuesday were taking extra measures at both the national highways to facilitate the return of the Christmas excursionists. About 290,000 cars abandoned Athens during the Christmas period, according to data from the tolls. There was also an increase in the inter-city bus and train stations. About 50,000 Greeks decided to spend Christmas abroad. Entry is forbidden at both highways to trucks weighing more than 1.5 tonnes, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    [02] Low temperatures throughout the country

    The weather worsened throughout the country on Tuesday with the main characteristic being the significant drop in temperatures, the snowfall in mainland Greece and the gale force northly winds in the Aegean. In quite a number of regions, there was frost in the morning hours as temperatures in northern Greece touched -6C. Snow is also expected to fall in the mountainous regions of Attica prefecture while there is a possibility of temporary snowfall in Athens as well.

    The weather is expected to improve on Wednesday, but temperatures will remain at low levels.

    Traffic is going smoothly and only in the Florina-Kastoria provincial road cars are using snow chains.

    [03] Deputy DM visits Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Greece's Deputy Defence Minister Vassilis Michaloliakos on Monday, Christmas Day, visited the headquarters of the Multinational Task Force - North, of the operation "Althea", in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he met with the Greek contingent stationed there. Michaloliakos was given a tour of the headquarters, was briefed on the work of MTF-N and particularly of the Greek contingent, the members with whom he exchanged gifts and best wishes.

    Following his visit, the deputy defence minister said:"Greece's position is of particular geostrategic importance. Geography is a factor which unavoidably affected and affects the foreign policy of every country."

    Michaloliakos further noted:"For our country, being really the cross-road between East and West, the point of reference of three continents and various cultures and post-war ideologies, its defence preparedness and the seeking of allies for the securing of its national sovereignty was necessary."

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