Department of State

ING: Greek GDP to grow by 4.2% this year, 1.7% in 2023; inflation’s impact possibly offset by banner tourism season

ING, in a report on Tuesday, said double-digit inflation now recorded in Greece may slow down domestic consumption, however, projected strong tourism revenues will buttress the Greek economy, which is forecast to growth by 4.2 percent in 2022.

Erdogan, his ultra-nationalist ‘grey wolves’ coalition partner in sync in provoking Greece

Over the years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly made the hand sign of the ultra-nationalist, neo-fascist, and Islamist 'Grey Wolves', a paramilitary branch of his ruling coalition partner Devlet Bahçeli's Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Erdogan's re-election as president in the general elections scheduled for June, 2023, hinges on the MHP's full support

No negative picture for F-16s from the US: Turkish FM

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said they see no negative picture in the process of acquiring F-16 fighter jets from the United States.

"There is a relatively positive atmosphere in our relations with the U.S. Problems will likely be resolved, relations will be improved," he said speaking to the NTV broadcaster on June 4.

US appreciates Türkiye’s efforts for Ukraine’s grain export

The United States has expressed its appreciation for the efforts Türkiye has been exerting to enable Ukrainian agricultural products to reach global markets through the Black Sea.

The issue was raised during a phone conversation between U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu late June 25, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Biden Nominates a New Ambassador to Bulgaria

US President Joe Biden has nominated Kenneth Merten as new US ambassador to Bulgaria. This is stated in a statement by the White House.

Merten (b. 1961) is a career diplomat. Until recently, he was a Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Haiti. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Global Talent Management.

"Serbia to focus"

The State Department said on the occasion of the decision of Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia not to allow the overflight of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's plane on the way to Belgrade, that they, as sovereign states, "made sovereign decisions on airspace, reflecting Europe's determination to hold Russia "accountable" for the attack on Ukraine.

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