July 17, 1953

GREECE-USSR: According to information from reliable sources in Greece, there are indications that the Soviet government is about to ask the Greek government to approve the appointment of a Russian ambassador in Athens. According to reports, the Greek government, in accordance with a previous statement, is to give its approval and in turn will ask for the Soviet government’s approval of the appointment of a Greek ambassador in Moscow. The last Soviet ambassador in Athens was Admiral Rondionov, who returned to Moscow in 1947 after being recalled by his government. Admiral Rondionov’s place was taken by the first secretary at the Soviet Embassy, Mr Chernichev. GREECE-USA: Thessaloniki, 16 – As of July 22, part of the US Sixth Fleet will be arriving in Thessaloniki. The first division will consist of the aircraft carrier Franklin Roosevelt, the cruiser Hera and five other craft. The second is to arrive six days later, consisting of the aircraft carrier Coral Sea and another 17 warships. SHARK KILLED: Volos – A huge shark was killed by a depth charge from the warship Doxa. CONGRATULATIONS: A number of telegrams have been arriving at the prime minister’s office from parents expressing their gratitude for the government’s decision to commission the publication of new textbooks that will contribute to the national, religious and family-oriented education of their children.

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