Crown Prince of Greece calls Queen 'one of the most wonderful people'
Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, 55, told BBC News his distant cousin the Queen had always shown his family support after they fled to England following a coup in Greece in 1967.The Crown Prince, who is the son of King Constantine II, the last King of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark, has revealed he will be attending Her late Majesty's state funeral on behalf of his father, who is too ill to make the journey.
U.S. officials have ruled out that Greece's sovereignty over the Aegean islands is in dispute in the wake of the latest escalation of tension with Turkey, which accuses Athens of deploying U.S. armored vehicles next to Lesvos and Samos. © Provided by News 360 Greek Coast Guard vessel - GUARDIA COSTERA DE GRECIA
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that "at a time when Russia has decided to invade a sovereign European state, such accusations could provoke an increase in tension between NATO allies", which he called "unhelpful".
Thus, he has urged NATO countries to "work together to maintain peace and security in the region and resolve disputes through diplomacy," as indicated in a statement. "The sovereignty and integrity of all countries must be respected and protected," he said.
In this regard, he has stressed that despite the threats of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, "Greek sovereignty over the islands is not in question." "We call on the parties involved to avoid any action or rhetoric that would lead to a worsening of the situation," he added.
On the possible belonging of the islands to Turkey, Pence has avoided taking a position and has insisted that the world "must focus on the existing collective threat, that of Russian aggression."
Pacific Islands backed a partnership with the US, but China unlikely to be deterred in push for influence .
A week after the US and the Pacific signed a historic joint-partnership declaration, Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown says China had a "different approach to engaging with the Pacific" to the US, while an expert says Beijing will not be deterred from pushing for influence in the region."For many Pacific countries emerging from COVID, fighting climate change and with increased debt, we would be looking for support from all corners," Mr Brown told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.