Judges at the Athens Appeals Court are expected to announce sentences for the convicted leaders and members of the criminal organization Golden Dawn, formerly a political party, at 12 midday today.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received Germany’s Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas at Maximos Mansion on Tuesday evening.
The two men discussed the hurdles in Turkey’s relationship with Greece and the rest of the European bloc, with Mitsotakis observing that a dialogue with the neighboring country is stalled by unilateral actions, “such as the resumption of activity by Oruc Reis and the reopening of Famagusta’s Varosha beach front, which had been closed for 46 years.”
The recent European Council meeting made it quite clear, said the Greek Premier, “that if unilateral action and provocations by Turkey continue in violation of International Law, we – as the European Union – will use all available tools and options,” and he noted that “we will closely monitor developments and take the appropriate decisions by December at the latest.”
Minister Maas expressed his surprise at Turkey’s recent actions, and said all these “contravene the spirit of what we agreed on.” He expressed understanding for Athens being “not simply surprised, but angry as well, as, again – this is not the first time – what we had planned initially has been interrupted by provocations by the Turkish side.”
The purpose of his visit to Nicosia and Athens was to “announce and show in action the solidarity and support Greece enjoys by all of us in the European Union and Germany,”Maas underlined.
The United States slammed Turkey’s decision to resume seismic research in the Eastern Mediterranean with the vessel “Oruc Reis”, in a press statement released on Tuesday by US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
Wearing a face mask is now mandatory in all enclosed places of work and open-air public areas where there is crowding, Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Hardalias said Tuesday, noting that the measure applies nationwide irrespective of local coronavirus transmission levels.
Addressing the same briefing, Gkikas Magiorkinis, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Athens University, said that October would be a difficult month due to dropping temperatures which might lead to a spike in cases. “If we stay at this level, we’re alright,” he said.
On Tuesday, authorities announced 408 new infections and six fatalities, pushing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 23,060 and the death toll to 462. Of the new infections, 170 were in Attica.
Apart from Attica, authorities are concerned about Kozani and Ioannina, in the country’s north and northwest, where outbreaks have been reported.
Minister of Civil Protection Michalis Chrisochoides will remain in voluntary isolation, after a member of his family was tested positive for Covid-19.
The Mayor of Neo Irakleio in Attica, stated at our station that he will request the Municipality of Neo Irakleio to be declared at a state of emergency, after the severe problems caused by the heavy rainfall on Monday morning.
And the weather forecast…
Sunny in Attica, with some scattered clouds this morning. The temperature will reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius.