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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-18

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] EU resolved on Ukraine sanctions, keeping dialogue open with Russia
  • [02] Seven undocumented migrants drowned; two missing
  • [03] Banks' recapitalisation bill to be tabled in parliament this week

  • [01] EU resolved on Ukraine sanctions, keeping dialogue open with Russia

    ANA-MPA -- Sanctions against Ukraine are both a message of EU resolve to safeguard stability while keeping dialogue with Russia open, government Vice-President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos said after the emergency EU Foreign Affairs Council on the developments in Ukraine.

    Speaking from Brussels in his capacity as Council chairman, Venizelos said, "The European response to the Ukraine issue is based on international law and on the need to safeguard stability and peace. Of course, the sanctions are a message conveying our resolve. But at the same time, the content of the sanctions is such that the political and diplomatic dialogue with Russia is kept open at the highest levels."

    He warned that Europe's goal "cannot be a repetition of the Cold War; it cannot be Russia's exiting the international community, because this is not the European Union's strategic planning for the Eastern neighbourhood and Ukraine in particular."

    What EU aimed for was for the country "to be supported and to function in a smooth democratic manner, with a voice for all the forces, all the regions, all the ethnic and ethno-linguistic groups."

    "We want to see Ukraine saved from economic disaster," Venizelos stressed, "but at the same time we want to find a political solution on Crimea that is acceptable to everyone, and we want to keep the crisis from spreading and to safeguard peace on the European continent."

    [02] Seven undocumented migrants drowned; two missing

    ANA/MPA---A Greek Coast Guard rescue operation is underway at the sea region of Korakas cape, near Lesvos island to locate two undocumented migrants who are missing after the capsizing of their dinghy while seven people have been found dead.

    A coast guard vessel that was patrolling the area at midnight located two undocumented migrants in the water. The migrants were rescued and said to the officers that another 15 people were with them in a dinghy that sank under unidentified circumstances.

    Three Coast Guard vessels along with a Super Puma helicopter and a fishing boat rushed to the area. Eight people have been rescue until now while seven more were found drowned.

    [03] Banks' recapitalisation bill to be tabled in parliament this week

    ANA/MPA---The Greek banks' recapitalisation draft law may be tabled in Parliament as soon as this week, according to Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) officials, following a meeting between the CEO of HFSF Anastasia Sakellariou with the heads of the troika on Monday evening.

    "The banking issues were resolved, today we made some technical changes to the [recapitalization] bill," said the Fund's officials.

    At this time, the troika representatives are meeting with Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.


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