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Euro 2012 Draw for Greece

Greece’s national football team will face Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia, in Group A of the Euro 2012 tournament to be held in Poland and Ukraine, between June 8 and July 1.
The finals schedule was confirmed on December 2, during the UEFA Final Draw Ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine. 
Greece will launch the tournament on Friday, June 8 against Poland in Warsaw, followed by the other Group A opener between Russia and the Czech Republic.
Greece’s other games will be on June 12 against the Czech Republic at Wroclaw and on June 16 against Russia in Warsaw. 

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Thessaloniki – Moscow & Kiev by Rail

OSE(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Hellenic Rail (OSE) has announced the operation of a weekly direct route linking Greece with Ukraine and Russia, which is set to begin this week and will operate throughout the summer.  The route Thessaloniki – Kiev will begin on June 10 and the one to Moscow will commence on June 15. The service will end on September 21.

1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Celebrating the 1,020th anniversary of the conversion of Russia to Christianity, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia officiated at a joint service in Kiev yesterday. Present at the ceremony were Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios and Kiev Metropolitan Vladimir. The two Patriarchs assisted a meeting marking the beginning of a new era in the relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow with the Mother Church, resolving past tensions. After the meeting, Smolensk Metropolitan Kyrill stated that it was “sincere and with God’s help all problems will be handled,” while Patriarch Alexy underlined that “dialogue is the base to handle all issues.” The Moscow Patriarch will participate in a synod of Orthodox Patriarchs organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Fanar, Istanbul, next October.