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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Police Search in Mesogeia & BoiotiaAny evidence that could lead to location and arrest of shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos kidnappers is under police microscope. Authorities are carefully examining the videos sent to Mr. Panagopoulos wife and carrying out investigations in the regions of Attika, Boiotia and Korinthos. Police believe that the mastermind of the kidnapping has a criminal record.
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In his first statements at noon, on Tuesday, 12 hours after the happy ending of his 8 day kidnapping, Mr. Panagopoulos emerged deeply moved by the peoplesā high interest in his dramatic adventure.
He was released shortly after midnight, on Monday and left at a rest area along Athens Av. Between Skaramaga and Dafni, where a police patrol found him and next his wife came to pick him up.
Although he did not reveal details on conditions during his kidnapping, he said that kidnappers treated him well and provided his medicine.
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 Under the Microscope of Antiterrorism BodySociety
In a multi-page proclamation sent to "To Pontiki" newspaper, the "Revolutionary Struggle" organization claims responsibility for attacks against Riot Police squad in Exarheia, where young policeman Diamantis Mantzounis was injured, Riot Police bus on December, 23, in Goudi as well as an unsuccessful bomb attack against an oil company in Faliro.
The Eharheia attack was the response to 15 yo Alexandros Grigoropoulos death says the proclamation. The Anti-terrorism Body is already examining the proclamation of the Revolutionary Struggle organization.
Use of violence is condemnable whatever its source is said government spokesman, Evangelos Antonaros. "There is no excuse and I will not waste any time on texts by some who want to justify the use of violence" said Mr. Antonaros.
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 Russia-Bakoyiannis-Lavrov MeetingGreek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis is expected in Moscow on Tuesday, on her first trip abroad since Greece took over the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the following day. In an interview with the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS concerning her visit, she said it would cover all issues pertaining to the OSCE but also bilateral affairs, especially in light of the recent natgas supply crisis.
Ministry of foreign affairs spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos stressed that Greece will play the role of the "honest interlocutor" and will attempt to speed up the concession of all members.
The Russian side aims at the presence of OSCE observers not only in Tbilisi but also in Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) wishing the "new realities" created after the war of August to be taken into consideration.
Asked by journalists whether her talks in Moscow would also touch on a proposal by Russian Premier Dimitri Medvedev for a new "security architecture" in Europe, she noted that the OSCE was "the right forum for this kind of discussion" and expressed hope that it would continue.
Under the light of the new US presidency, the Greek presidency will seek the promotion of dialogue for the new European security as there is a general estimation that new horizons have been created for the redefinition of the European security, such as the fall of the Soviet block and globalization.
Greek FM targets at completing her cycle of visits in OSCE countries including the US, until March in order to look into the dynamic formed in the Organization, the only forum that the US and Russia are both accommodated.
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