A Greek government spokesman said, Thursday, that dialogue with Turkey "is not possible", in light of the threats and attempts of extortion and incitement practiced by it, warning Ankara against imposing European sanctions on it.
A Greek government spokesman stressed that Turkey "is creating problems in the region and constituting a factor in instability in the eastern Mediterranean."
He added warning: "The European Union will impose sanctions on Turkey if it does not stop its escalatory policies."
These statements came two days after Turkey claimed that it was ready for dialogue with Greece to solve the eastern Mediterranean crisis, while at the same time it extended the controversial exploration of energy resources in the region, in a stark contrast between words and actions.
On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country is ready for dialogue with Greece to resolve disputes over rights and resources in the Mediterranean, as long as Athens is ready for that.
The Turkish Navy said in a maritime notice (NAFTEX) that it would extend the mission of the seismic survey vessel "Aruj Reis", along with the vessels "Osman" and "Genghis Khan", until September 12th.
Ankara sent the ship accompanied by military naval vessels to the south of the Greek island of Kastelorizo on August 10, which angered Athens and raised tension between the two countries.
A few hours before the announcement of the Turkish Navy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Monday, that "the ship Aruj Reis continues with the design of its activities."
He stressed, "We hope to get good news in a short time from the Mediterranean, just as we got from the Black Sea," referring to Turkey's recent discovery of a natural gas field estimated at 320 billion cubic meters in the Black Sea.
The two countries in NATO are fighting over sharing of gas reserves discovered in recent years in the eastern Mediterranean.
Athens asserts that it has the right to exploit the natural resources around its islands located near the Turkish coast, but Ankara refuses to do so, considering that this would deprive it of tens of thousands of square kilometers from the sea.
The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, told Russia's Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, that his country had intercepted a conversation between Warsaw and Berlin, which refuted the allegations of poisoning Russian opposition Alexei Navalny.
Lukashenko told the Russian Prime Minister who visited Minsk today: “While watching the Russian events, I noticed that they, in the West, have a new trick - again, Novichuk, again a poison. I have to tell you that yesterday or the day before yesterday .. before Merkel’s speech (German Chancellor), she said that they want to close his mouth, namely Navalny, we intercepted the conversation. <...> We understand that Warsaw is talking to Berlin - there are two subscribers who were in contact that was intercepted by our electronic military intelligence. "
Lukashenko promised that the Russian side would hand over a copy of this "interesting conversation, which clearly indicates this fraud."
The president of Belarus said, "There was no poisoning of Navalny. A group of specialists, as I understand it, prepared for Merkel and her management of certain facts and possibly the statements that she made. They did this to dissuade Putin from preventing them from interfering in Belarus' affairs."
Lukashenko added that he would send the recording to Moscow "to find out who has an interest in it and who needs it."
Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the Belarusian president’s words, saying: "I just announced this. He said that the materials will be transferred to the Russian Federal Security Service. There is no further information yet."
Yesterday, the German government announced that according to the results of a toxicology test carried out in one of its military laboratories, the Russian dissident was poisoned with a nerve gas from the Novichok group. Berlin added that it was awaiting clarifications from Russia and pledged to impose new sanctions.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that her country equated with terrorist organizations, the Australian Brenton Tarrant who killed 51 people in an armed attack on two mosques in Christchurch last year.
"This designation as a terrorist organization guarantees that the perpetrator will not participate in financing terrorism in the future. This is important evidence of New Zealand's condemnation of terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms," the Prime Minister added, in a statement posted on the government's website.
According to New Zealand laws, such a decision is the basis for the immediate freezing of all assets of any organization deemed a terrorist, and classifies any of its activities as a criminal offense.
So far, the New Zealand government has included 19 terrorist organizations and one terrorist, Brenton Tarrant.
Tarrant is an Australian far-right who espouses the theory of white supremacy. On March 15 of last year, he carried out an armed attack on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people and wounding 50 others.
Zdravko Krivokabic, leader of the largest opposition coalition in Montenegro, said that his country's support for Western sanctions against Russia was a big mistake.
Krivokapic, who leads the Coalition for the Future of Montenegro, added, in a conversation after the elections and an agreement with other powers to form a parliamentary majority in this republic, that his country "is a small republic at the global level, and it cannot have any influence whatever it wants." That is why it is unacceptable for this small country to become the first to impose sanctions on the Russian Federation. "
"I think this completely wrong move has resulted in many economic losses for our country. Let me just mention that we used to export Plantaz wine, and that the majority of the tourists in our country were from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia," Krivokapic asserted.
On Monday, the election commission in this republic announced that the Social Democratic Party in Montenegro, led by the country's president, Milo Djukanovic, won by a narrow margin in the parliamentary elections that took place last Sunday.
As of September 1, all schools using the Russian language in Ukraine have switched to teaching in the Ukrainian language.
At the same time, educational institutions of other national minorities, whose languages are official in the European Union, will be able to teach in their mother tongue for another three years.
As it is known, the state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. At the same time, the country's constitution guarantees the free development, use and protection of the Russian language and other languages of national minorities.
According to the official data of the 2001 census, 14.273 million Ukrainian citizens, or 29.6% of the country's population, said that they consider the Russian language - their mother tongue.
According to a survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology in 2004, 43-46% of Ukraine's population uses the Russian language at home.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov considered that the settlement of the situation in Belarus does not require any mediation from external powers, accusing the Lithuanian authorities of trying to destabilize Belarus.
Lavrov said in a lecture to students of the Institute of International Relations in Moscow today, Tuesday, "In my opinion, our Lithuanian neighbors have crossed all the limits of decency ... we have reason to believe that they are dealing with Mrs. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya (leader of the Belarusian opposition residing in Lithuania) in ways that are not democratic at all and are not showing respect. Great for the sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus. "
Lavrov considered that the constitutional reform proposed by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko represents the ideal formula for settling the situation in the country as it helps in organizing a dialogue between the authority and civil society.
The Russian minister stressed that there is no need for external mediation services to settle the situation in Belarus, and there is no need to impose them, criticizing the statements made by Western leaders such as the Secretary-General of NATO, representatives of the European Union and leaders of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, regarding developments in Belarus.
Lavrov described these statements as showing "a lack of the slightest diplomatic skills" and as "immoral, not only from a diplomatic standpoint, but from a humanitarian standpoint as well."
Lavrov stressed that Russia, in its handling of the Belarus case, will be guided by international law and the existing agreements between the two countries.
Since the presidential elections on August 9, Belarus has been witnessing a wave of protests led by the opposition, which described the election results as fraudulent and refused to recognize Lukashenko’s victory, calling for him to step down and hold a new ballot.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said today, Tuesday, that her ministry does not have any information about Australian citizen Cheng Li working for the Chinese CGTN TV channel.
The spokeswoman added, in response to a request for comment on a statement in this regard by Australian Foreign Minister Marys Payne: "I do not have any information on this subject."
Meanwhile, Hua Chunying stressed that "China is a country where law prevails, and everything in the country is done in strict observance of legislation and laws."
The representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, "If you want more information, I recommend that you contact the relevant bodies. We have nothing to add."
Yesterday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC announced that Cheng Li was arrested on August 14th.
The ABC indicated that, according to local procedures in China, the anchor may be detained for up to six months, and during this period the authorities can conduct a series of interrogations of suspects without lawyers.