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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-12

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Kalashnikovs and grenades found in Exarchia cache
  • [02] PM meets CEO of Russia's Gazprom, discusses privatisations
  • [03] Kalashnikovs and grenades found in Exarchia cache

  • [01] Kalashnikovs and grenades found in Exarchia cache

    AMNA -- An ongoing anti-terrorism operation in Exarchia, central Athens, and Piraeus on Tuesday has revealed a large arms cache, police said.

    A large police force had cordoned off the area around an apartment on Skylitsi 4, which anti-terrorism and criminal squads were searching. Searches were also taking place in an apartment in Piraeus.

    In a private parking lot investigated earlier in Exarchia, a rented car yielded two backpacks containing two Kalashnikov military rifles wirth sawn-off butts, four grenades of the F1 defence type, three loaded magazines (two of 20 cartridges and one of six), two large sealed boxes containing 720 cartidges (7.62 mm calibre), and a pair of cloth gloves.

    The apartments and garage were identified during the process of the anti-terrorist squad's search for the group that carried out the armed robberies in Velvento, near the northern town of Kozani, as well as for groups linked to all recent terrorist acts.

    [02] PM meets CEO of Russia's Gazprom, discusses privatisations

    AMNA -- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday held a meeting with the Deputy Board Chairman and CEO of the Russian energy company Gazprom, Alexey Miller, at his offices in the Maximos Mansion in Athens.

    After the meeting, Miller said the Russian energy giant is interested in carrying out investments in Greece and also in planned privatisations, as his company will participate in a tender for the privatisation of the Public Gas Corporation and Natural Gas Transmission System Operator (DEPA-DESFA).

    Sources within the government noted that Samaras is showing personal interest in the progress of privatisations, while stressing that there will be full transparency in all cases.

    According to a Gazprom statement, a meeting with Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport & Networks Minister Costis Hatzidakis was also held, focusing on Greek energy market's present and future activities.

    The final tenders for the privatization of DEPA are expected to be submitted by mid April.

    The shortlisted bidders are Gazprom for DEPA, M7M GasCo for DEPA, Negusneft (Sintez Group) for DEPA and DESFA, PPF & GEK TERNA for DESFA and Socar for DESFA.

    [03] Kalashnikovs and grenades found in Exarchia cache

    AMNA -- An ongoing anti-terrorism operation in Exarchia, central Athens, and Piraeus on Tuesday has revealed a large arms cache, police said.

    A large police force had cordoned off the area around an apartment on Skylitsi 4, which anti-terrorism and criminal squads were searching. Searches were also taking place in an apartment in Piraeus.

    In a private parking lot investigated earlier in Exarchia, a rented car yielded two backpacks containing two Kalashnikov military rifles wirth sawn-off butts, four grenades of the F1 defence type, three loaded magazines (two of 20 cartridges and one of six), two large sealed boxes containing 720 cartidges (7.62 mm calibre), and a pair of cloth gloves.

    The apartments and garage were identified during the process of the anti-terrorist squad's search for the group that carried out the armed robberies in Velvento, near the northern town of Kozani, as well as for groups linked to all recent terrorist acts.


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