Behind Greece’s decision to expel Russian diplomats are the United States. This is stated in the message, posted on Friday, July 13, at the Russian MFA website.
As indicated in the statement, the protest was expressed to the Greek Ambassador Andreas Fryganas, who was summoned to the office. The Ministry indicated that the expulsion of diplomats is absolutely unfounded and is contrary to the nature of bilateral relations.
“Obviously, for anti-Russian by a decision of the government of Greece, timed to the opening of the NATO summit, is Washington, openly supported these actions in the statement of the state Department,” — said the Minister.
Earlier it was reported that the Agency is not working visit of Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov to Greece. It was noted that the invitation was received a few months ago, and the trip was planned for the autumn, but now “has no understanding of how trip can be realized.”
On July 11 the Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported that the country had decided to expel two Russian diplomats, two banned entry. The publication explained that they are accused of meddling in the internal Affairs of the state and illegal actions against national security of Greece.
Later, the representative of the government of Greece Dimitris Tzanakopoulos confirmed the expulsion of diplomats. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in response that the move would have mirrored consequences.
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