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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-18

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  • [01] Foreign Minister Kotzias on visit to United States next week
  • [02] Joint Greek-Australian naval exercises to mark Anzac Centenary
  • [03] Agreement with Russia on 'Turkish Stream' pipeline may be signed next week
  • [04] 'Greece will remain in the euro zone,' President tells Krugman

  • [01] Foreign Minister Kotzias on visit to United States next week

    ANA-MPA -- Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to depart for Washington on Sunday, where he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday. The Greek minister is scheduled to stay in Washington until next Thursday and have a series of meetings with U.S. officials. These will include a meeting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice and leading members of the Senate and U.S. Congress.

    The timing of the minister's visit is seen as significant, since it comes right after a visit by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and will serve to emphasise the geopolitical angle in Greece's case. It also takes place right after the recent G20 meeting, where the possible outcome of the negotiations with Greece was among the issues dominating discussions on the sidelines.

    Kotzias is then scheduled to visit New York next Friday, where he will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the UN mediator for the Macedonia name dispute Matthew Nimetz, as well as Archbishop of America Dimitrios and representatives of Greek-American and Jewish-American organisations.

    [02] Joint Greek-Australian naval exercises to mark Anzac Centenary

    ANA-MPA -- The Hellenic Navy warship "Kountouriotis" and the Royal Australian Navy ships "HMAS Success" and "HMAS Anzac" will carry out joint naval exercises in April and May to commemorate the Anzac centenary, marking the 100th anniversary since Australian and New Zealand forces participated in World War I and the Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915.

    The crew of the "HMAS Anzac" will observe exercises carried out at the Souda base in Crete on Monday and also participate in another exercise taking place in the southwestern Aegean on May 5.

    In order to mark the centenary and the special role that the island of Limnos played in these events, the "HMAS Success" will take part in memorial ceremonies in Limnos and in Athens. The ship has a crew of 235 and has been taking part in a mission in the Middle East since December. It will be open to the public on April 24 from 10:00 until 15:00.

    Anzac Day is observed on April 25 each year, originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

    [03] Agreement with Russia on 'Turkish Stream' pipeline may be signed next week

    ANA-MPA -- An agreement between Moscow and Athens for the construction of the 'Turkish Stream' pipeline expected to bring up to 5.0 billion euros to Greece may possibly be signed at the start of next week, government sources said on Saturday.

    According to an article in the Greek financial paper "Agora", the amount will be an advance on the profits to be made by the Greek side from transit fees. The article said signatures cementing the deal agreed in Moscow during a recent visit by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made by placed as early as Monday.

    The Turkish Stream, which will transport Russian natural gas via Turkey and Greece to the rest of Europe is expected to be implemented by 2019.

    [04] 'Greece will remain in the euro zone,' President tells Krugman

    ANA-MPA -- President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Saturday underlined his conviction that Greece will remain in the European Union and the eurozone, while receiving Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman at the presidential mansion in Athens.

    "Greece is orientated toward remaining in Europe and the eurozone. It will remain in the eurozone and your views and positions, especially in your last book 'End This Depression Now!', help us in order to, with our partners, modify specific points of the programme imposed on us. So that with these changes we can finally return to the markets and secure the growth prospects of the Greek economy," Pavlopoulos said.

    Referring to a lecture given by Krugman in Athens on Friday, the president said that this helped significantly in the effort Greece was making to remain in the euro area and the EU and to fully meet its obligations. He also praised Krugman for his contribution to the efforts to deal with the global economic crisis, saying his arguments had been instrumental in "dispelling the myth of so-called 'growth via austerity'".

    "In a large part thanks to you, it was proved that a policy of austerity undermines growth and undermines the institutions. Unfortunately, this policy increases inequalities and does not ensure sustainable growth for the global economy nor in the eurozone itself," Pavlopoulos said.

    Replying, Krugman said that things were at a "turning point" for both Greece and Europe. He said that steps were being made in the right direction and expressed his opinion that there was now a chance to "finally move forward."

    In a press conference in Athens on Saturday, before also meeting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Krugman said that there must be an end to austerity imposed on Greece but advised the government against exiting the euro, which he warned could have "nightmarish" results.

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