While the world prepares another batch of sanctions, Lavrov doing a “disservice” to the Russians
Recent harsh statements of the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on the occasion of the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Athens Greece believes that it is disrespectful to the country.
As you know, during the briefing on 18 July, Zakharova said that Athens was“the crazy pressure of British and American partners”in the issue of the expulsion of diplomats. She stressed that the actions of Athens will not remain unanswered.
The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova
In turn, the Greek foreign Ministry has called the statement Zakharova, “a typical example of disrespect to a third country and a lack of understanding of the modern world, in which Nations, regardless of their size, are independent and can conduct an independent, diverse and democratic foreign policy.”
“The unfounded allegations that this decision (expulsion of diplomats – ed.) was taken after pressure from third parties, it is inappropriate to comment, they point to the arguments of people who do not understand the principles and values of foreign policy of Greece”, – stated in the message.
The Greek side has adopted a decision to expel Russian diplomats on charges of providing funds protest groups who oppose the agreement, which should put an end to a long-standing dispute with neighboring Greece, Macedonia. The authorities have also blocked the entry of other Russian officials.
The expulsion of Russian diplomats: the reaction of the Russian Federation
The Ambassador of Greece in Moscow Andreas Fryganas was summoned on Friday to the foreign Ministry, where he expressed strong protest in connection with the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and a ban on entering the Republic of two citizens of the Russian Federation. This is stated in the message of the Russian Ministry.
Map of diplomatic expulsions
“July 13, the Russian foreign Ministry was caused by extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic in the Russian Federation Andreas Frans, which was expressed a strong protest in connection with the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and a ban on entry of two more Russian citizens”, – stated in the message.
The official statement of the Russian foreign Ministry
Greece has decided to expel two Russian diplomats on charges of providing funds protest groups who oppose the agreement to end the long-standing dispute with neighboring Greece, Macedonia.
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