After Congressional standing ovations, US keeps equal distances on Turkish provocations

By George Gilson

Fewer than ten days after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis received repeated standing ovations from a Joint Session of the US Congress, the State Department is keeping an equal distance between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, even as Ankara is ratcheting up tensions in the Aegean and allowing migrant boats to reach the shores of the Aegean islands of Samos.

PM Mitsotakis meets with EPP’s gen sec Antonio López-Istúriz

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday met with the general secretary of the European People's Party (EPP) Antonio López-Istúriz on the sidelines of ruling New Democracy's (ND) 14th Congress.

The talks focused on the developments in Ukraine, the energy crisis and the Greek government's plan against the price hike.

Key lawmakers signal allowing Turkey’s purchase of F-16s: US media

If Turkey "plays its cards right," it can convince the U.S. Congress to allow a roughly $6 billion purchase of 40 Block 70 F-16 fighter jets and approximately 80 modernization kits from Lockheed Martin to upgrade its existing fleet, the Defense News reported referring to comments by Congress members.

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Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:

Rockets hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the city

US President Biden has asked Congress to provide billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Biden asked Congress for $33 billion in Aid to Kyiv, NATO thinks the War in Ukraine could last for Years

US President Joe Biden has asked Congress for $33 billion in support of Ukraine. NATO is determined to help Ukraine, even if the war lasts for years. Earlier, the Kremlin warned that arming Ukraine posed a risk to European security and promised a firm military response to attacks on Russian territory.