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Greece: Letter of request for F-35 fighters

Greece is expected to send a Letter of Request to the US government immediately in order to start negotiations for the purchase by the Hellenic Air Force of a squadron of state-of-the-art 5th generation F-35 aircraft. This was clarified yesterday in Washington by senior government sources after the highly successful, as can be seen at least from the public statements and the prevailing climate, Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s visit to the White House and his meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Caroline Crouch’s husband handed premeditated murder conviction

A 34-year-old Greek man was handed down a life sentence by an Athens court on Monday after being convicted of the premeditated murder, last May, of his 20-year-old wife, UK national Caroline Crouch.
The case attracted international media attention, especially in the United Kingdom, after Babis Anagnostopoulos first attempted to stage a break-in and throw off suspicions by claiming three suspects invaded his semi-rural condominium in the early morning hours of May 11, 2021 before strangling his wife and pet dog. He was found by police bound with string, which he himself tied.

Ferries between Greece and Turkey set sail after two year hiatus

The dynamics of the ferry routes between Turkey and the Greek islands are constantly increasing, with the ferries starting services this year after two years of inactivity due to the pandemic.

The president of the Association of Tourist Travel and Maritime Agencies of Lesvos Panagiotis Hatzikyriakos said that there is movement on the line Lesvos - Ayvalik, which does not reach the numbers of 2019 due to the situation and the economic crisis in Turkey. "Of course, after two full years of inactivity, we saw Turks coming to the island, mostly well-off. During the period of Bairam, about 1,000 visitors came, while at other times they reached 3-4,000."

According to official data, in 2019 Lesvos was visited by 38,605 Turks, while in 2020 only 583. Respectively, Chios was visited in 2019 by 63,823 and in 2020 by only 5,332. Two years ago, 32,119 arrived in Samos and in 2020 only 5 Turkish tourists. Visits to all three islands last summer were also zero.

Is the Greek flag "unprofitable"?

In a market that has a monopoly in Ankara, Mr. Hatzikyriakos stressed that the Lesvos line is served by three companies with two conventional ferries and a catamaran, all with Turkish flags. He underlined that in the past there were also Greek companies, however the "neighbors" gradually established themselves, due to various factors such as the "quality difference" and therefore the smaller "requirements" of the Turkish register.

"Turkish-flagged ships had lower charges, lower operating costs and were more competitive (cheaper fares, etc.). "Thus, for the Greeks, the business activity in the sector was deemed unprofitable", he pointed out.

As he said, we observe this image in the other islands of the eastern Aegean, where there is a ferry connection with the Turkish coast, with the exception of Chios, where a Greek boat is active.

Ferries to Turkey boost local economies

The Turkish side claims that the demand and interest for ferry services between the Turkish beaches and the Greek islands is increasing daily.

"Apart from the Turks and Greeks who use the ships, more and more travelers from other countries are enjoying this service. Many tourists, especially from South American countries, first visit Turkey and then want to go to the Greek islands. "The movement of ferries is constantly gaining momentum," said Yusuf Ozturk of the Izmir Chamber's Maritime Branch.

He noted that coastal services provide a lifeline to local economies where ships operate.

"Many people travel from the Greek islands to Turkish coastal cities for shopping," Ozturk told Hurriyet, adding that demand is particularly strong for ferries between Cesme and Chios and between Ayvalik and Lesvos."

Greek Tourism: 150 new hotels in two years

Greek tourism is accelerating, with the most important hotel companies in the world, but also Greek investors, buying and building mainly four-star and five-star hotels in Athens and popular island destinations.

FM Dendias in Washington along with PM

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias will be meeting separately with his US counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, during Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' official two-day visit to Washington starting Monday.

Greek PM to meet US President on Monday

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and United States President, Joe Biden, are expected to discuss a wide range of issues including the strategic Greece-US partnership and the Russian invasion of Ukraine when they meet in Washington on Monday, government sources said. on Sunday.

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