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Athens on Wednesday reacted strongly to the submission last week to the United Nations by Turkey's permanent representative to the UN, Feridun Sinirlioglu, of a letter that contained geographical coordinates based on the contentious maritime boundaries accord signed between Ankara and Libya's Tripoli-based government in November, ignoring the existence of Greek islands.
Greece hopes EU countries will agree on a common debt instrument to raise funds to support economies in combating the new coronavirus, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said in a press briefing Thursday.
"Obviously, the state of the real economy has deteriorated and continues to deteriorate. This is why we are reevaluating the situation on a daily basis," he said.
Greece will repatriate its citizens and third-country nationals with Greek residence permits from Turkey on Thursday afternoon, the country's Consulate General in Istanbul announced Wednesday.
An Aegean emergency flight will depart from Istanbul's Airport at 5.20 p.m. (Ankara time), but passengers are asked to be at the airport by 3 p.m. local time, at the latest.
A light earthquake was recorded off the coast of western Greece on Thursday morning, according to the the Athens-based Geodynamic Institute.
At approximately 9.30 a.m. local time, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was recorded 53 kilometres west of the islands of Strofades in the Ionian Sea, at a depth of 15 kilometers.
No damages were reported.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Parliament Speaker Konstantinos Tasoulas, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata and Communist Party leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas (l to r) on Wednesday attended a brief ceremony to mark Greece's Independence Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Parliament.
The reserved optimism of Greek epidemiologists about the course of Covid-19 in Greece over the last three days was reflected in stock prices on Tuesday, as confidence in the quickly taken, firm measures and the fiscal easing decided across the European Union have led to some relief for battered bourses, including Athinon Avenue.