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Russian Foreign Ministry announced persona non grata of a Greek diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry announced persona non grata of a Greek diplomat

August 7 2018
Tags: Russia, Greece, Politics, International Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Diplomacy

Russia's response to the actions of Greece will affect the head of the political bureau of the Foreign Minister of Greece, Jorgos Sakellariu, a source in Greek government circles told RIA Novosti.

As previously reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry, 6 August, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Greek Ambassador to Moscow Andreas Friganas, he was given a note on the mirror measures taken by the Russian side in response to the unfriendly actions of Athens in July against Russian diplomatic employees and citizens.

The source of the agency reported on the three Greeks, who will be affected by Russia's retaliatory measures.

"Russia sends a sales representative of the Greek Embassy in Moscow, as well as the official responsible for the communication service of the embassy," the source said. "In addition, the head of the political bureau of the Foreign Minister of Greece, Jorgos Sakellariu, is not allowed to enter," the source said.

Sackellariu is considered one of the closest associates of the Greek Minister Nikos Kotzias. "The ban on Sakellariu's entry is a direct appeal to Cotzias, but in my opinion, this is a mistake." Such decisions (on the expulsion of diplomats-Ed.), Especially concerning relations with such powers as Russia or the United States, are not accepted at the level of the Foreign Ministers, "the source said.

The diplomatic row

In July, Greece accused Russia of trying to undermine its national security and expelled two Russian diplomats. Two more employees were banned from entering the country. At the same time, an official in the Greek government told RIA Novosti that the expulsion of diplomats was a "concrete incident" and is not connected with the relations between the two countries.

The Russian Foreign Ministry promised to mirror the expulsion of diplomats. The department stressed that such a reaction to such actions is the established practice.

In turn, Russia's ambassador to Greece, Andrei Maslov, denied Athens's accusations that Russian diplomats were allegedly engaged in illegal actions.

"Causes in such cases are never called." Allegedly, some activity of four Russian citizens, which allegedly caused damage to the national security of Greece, is, of course, total nonsense. "We categorically reject these accusations," the diplomat told RT, that Russian diplomats were deported from Greece "unproven."

Gennady Melnik
RIA News
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