Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs Omer Celik on Tuesday challenged Greece’s sovereign territories saying that Agathonisi island belongs to Turkey. According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Celik said that Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos is not a serious politician. “We can not take seriously the Greek Defense Minister. He does not possess the significant weight politicians need to have.” Source Greek Reporter
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Russia ordered the U.S. to slash hundreds of embassy and other personnel in the country in a dramatic and sweeping retaliation to the passage of a new sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress. Source: Bloomberg
Japan will impose additional sanctions on North Korea for its weapons programs, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday, just hours after the U.S. Senate also voted for new sanctions on the secretive state. Source: Yahoo!News
Shortly after wrapping up the initial stage of the first-ever joint Russia-China drills in European waters, Beijing has reportedly blocked out a swath of ocean off the country’s east coast for a fresh series of “large-scale” military drills. Source:RT