June 27, 1956

DIMITRI SEPILOV: At noon today the Soviet Union’s foreign minister, Mr Dimitri Sepilov, will arrive in Athens for an unofficial visit. He is the first Soviet foreign minister to visit Greece. He is one of the Russian Communist Party’s three «theorists» surrounding the leader Nikita Khrushchev. NATO: Paris, 27 – (From our correspondent Ilias P. Dimitrakopoulos) According to sources, in view of the Russian foreign minister’s visit to Athens, Allied officials have advised Turkey and its military and diplomatic representatives to NATO to avoid raising the argument that Cyprus is just 75 kilometers from the Turkish coast so Turkey’s purely strategic interests call for an intransigent stance on the Cyprus issue. This intervention on the part of the Allies is due to fears on the part of authorities within NATO headquarters (in Paris) that (…) Russia (…) might want to reiterate its interest in the Dardanelles and make a related demarche to Ankara. ARREST OF KKE CADRE: The Interior Ministry announced yesterday that Ioannis Lipas, 49, of Piraeus has been arrested as one of the ringleaders of the Communist Party’s espionage network.

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