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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-06-25

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  • [01] Weather Forecast: Hot and sunny on Wednesday
  • [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday
  • [03] Greek and Russian DMs discuss bilateral relations, international issues

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Hot and sunny on Wednesday

    25/06/2003 10:20:51

    Sunshine is forecast in all parts of the country, with isolated storms likely on high ground on the northern mainland. Winds northerly, light to moderate. On the mainland, temperatures will range from 18C to 37C; and in the islands from 21C to 33C. Temperatures in Athens will range between 22C and 37C; and in Thessaloniki from 21C to 36C.

    [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday

    25/06/2003 10:20:19

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.165

    Pound sterling 0.699

    Danish kroner 7.484

    Swedish kroner 9.218

    Japanese yen 137.4

    Swiss franc 1.544

    Norwegian kroner 8.234

    Cyprus pound 0.589

    Canadian dollar 1.580

    Australian dollar 1.752

    [03] Greek and Russian DMs discuss bilateral relations, international issues

    24/06/2003 23:42:30

    Defence Minister Yiannos Papantoniou, currently on a visit to Russia, discussed bilateral relations between Greece and Russia and international issues with his Russian counterpart Sergey Ivanov on Tuesday, according to an announcement by the defence ministry.

    ''Relations between Greece and the Russian Federation are extremely good, I would say excellent, but there is always ground to develop them even more substantively. With Mr. Ivanov we covered the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, but we also made analyses of international issues linked to the security of Europe, the Russian Federation and Greece,'' Papantoniou said afterwards.

    The Greek defence minister said Greece has struggled to have Russia's equal participation in NATO achieved and its substantive cooperation in the framework of the alliance.

    ''Europe's space is unified and there should be no dividing lines. This is Greece's position. In any case, it is very useful, from the aspect of international policy, for there to be a powerful Russia which will function in a balancing manner towards other forces to secure international stability. In this framework, we have assessed and evaluated Russia's contribution to handling and settling international crises very positively,'' he added.

    Referring to the Balkans, he said Greece has evaluated the contribution of the Russian Federation to the consolidation of conditions of stability in the region very positively.

    Papantoniou also said Greece respects absolutely Russia's decision to limit its military presence and to insist with regards to its political influence in the direction of consolidating democracy in Balkan countries.

    Papantoniou further disclosed that during his visit to Saint Petersburg on Wednesday he will have the opportunity of having a close look at the products of the Russian defence industry.

    Ivanov said that military and technical cooperation is developing successfully and expressed the wish that Papantoniou will see new specimens of Russian equipment in Saint Petersburg.

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