NATO has visibly increased its presence and military activities in the Black Sea in a bid to display deterrence toward Russia, in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis and after a shift in Turkeyâs strict implementation of the Montreux Convention that regulates the passage of non-literal countriesâ military vessels from the straits.
The family of a 73-year-old man from Lenton Pool in Wales is appealing to the public for information after he went missing while on holiday in Hania, on the southern Aegean island of Crete, this week.
Arthur Jones was last seen on Thursday, June 19, and was reported missing after failing to return home on a flight booked on Tuesday, June 24.
Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean attended the NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the agenda of the event including allied meetings as well as a NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting attended by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the foreign ministry announced in a release to AGERPRES.
Turkey believes the withdrawal of the Patriot anti-ballistic missile systems that have been deployed by three prominent NATO countries on its soil, would be inappropriate and draw reaction.
Ankaraâs concerns come especially at a time when there are serious security threats at its borders and in the Middle East.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is set to arrive for talks in Turkey, as efforts continue to secure the safe release of dozens of Turkish nationals taken hostage by a jihadist group in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
During his visit to Ankara on June 16, Rasmussen will meet both President Abdullah GÃ¼l and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan.
President Traian Basescu, at the Cotroceni Palace, on Saturday, will have a meeting with His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales.
According to a Presidential Administration release remitted to Agerpres, Basescu will receive Prince Charles in the Blue Hall at the Cotroceni Palace, starting 13:40, Romania's time.