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TANAP carrying gas in full capacity: CEO

The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) has reached a plateau of its 16 billion cubic meters (bcm) annual capacity, the CEO of the company running the pipeline said on Jan. 14. 

Erdogan, Rama and the 12 nautical miles

Immediately after Greece announced the expansion of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 miles, some in Albania started playing the same old, tired tune: "Greece is making a grab at our seas."

Montenegro’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Hit by Delay

Illustration: COVID-19 vaccination in Norwood in the US state of Massachusetts. Photo: EPA-EFE/CJ GUNTHER.

"We are also thinking about vaccines from China and Russia, although our primary negotiations are about vaccines from the EU," Borovinic Bojovic told a press conference.

Countdown begins for Greek-Turkish dialogue on January 25

The countdown has begun for the resumption of exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey, with the 61st round set to take place in Istanbul on January 25, as announced on Monday night. 

Turkey offers to resume exploratory talks with Greece this month

Turkey called on Greece to resume exploratory talks on their conflicting maritime claims in the Mediterranean Sea and other existing issues in January, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 11.

Turkey not the same as in 2000 or 2016, Dendias tells Kathimerini

Ahead of the imminent exploratory contacts with Ankara, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview with Kathimerini that Athens will have a constructive disposition, but stressed he is worried that Turkey is neither the country of the early 2000s that harbored European ambitions nor that which engaged in these talks in 2016.

Greece submits bill on western territorial waters extension

Greece's conservative government has submitted a bill to parliament to extend the western limit of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles, following negotiations with its regional neighbors Italy and Albania.

Albanian PM in Athens with maritime zones on agenda

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will hold informal meetings Friday with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias during a private visit to Athens against the backdrop of the agreement between the two countries for recourse to the International Court of Justice in the Hague for the delimitation of their maritime zones.

Major investment in power grid

The 10-year development program of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) contains projects budgeted at 4.1 billion euros.

Probe launched following allegations of illegal adoptions

A prosecutor in the northern port city of Thessaloniki has ordered a preliminary investigation into allegations in Greek media reports of an illegal adoption ring operating in Albania and Greece.

Albania PM expected in Athens on Friday

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will on Friday hold a private meeting with Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama in Athens, diplomatic sources say.

Later in the day, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have a dinner for his Albanian counterpart that will also be attended by the foreign minister.

Turkey, Albania upgrade ties to strategic partnership

Turkey and Albania on Jan. 6 signed an agreement to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama following meetings in the capital Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the historic ties between the two countries.

Albanian premier meets President Erdoğan

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met on Jan. 6 as part of a two-day official visit of the former to Turkey.

The bilateral relations between Turkey and Albania, as well as, steps to improve cooperation, would be discussed during the talks, Turkey's Communications Directorate said on Jan. 5.

Albania Mulls Buying US Identification System to Curb Voting Fraud

Albanian election officials counting votes in the 2019 local elections in Tirana. Photo: Gjergj Erebara

The idea is to reduce the possibility of people voting under the name of absentee voters - a major problem in Albania, where up to 40 per cent of the voters are believed to be abroad.