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What is really behind the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece

What is really behind the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece

July 12 2018 LJ cover – Что на самом деле стоит за высылкой российских дипломатов из Греции
Tags: Greece, Russia, Politics, International relations, Analytics, West, Diplomacy, NATO

Athens decided to send two Russian diplomats and to prohibit the entry of two more, in conjunction with the NATO summit in Brussels

Having set up falsely understood conjunctural interests above centuries-old multi-faceted ties with Russia, the Greek authorities bitten the hand that helped to gain their country's freedom in the XIX century and to preserve it in the 20th century, in conjunction with a provocation with Russian diplomats for the North Atlantic Alliance summit in the Belgian capital.

A daring anti-Russian provocation

According to one of the most serious Greek newspapers, "Katimerini", referring to high-ranking diplomatic sources, the government of Alexis Tsipras decided to send two Russian diplomats and to ban the entry of two more. It is reported that these measures are a response to Russia's "illegal actions" in the country and its "interference in the internal affairs of Greece." Among the accusations against Russian diplomats are "attempts to reconnoitre and disseminate information, as well as bribe government officials."

The Greek authorities claim that even those who were denied entry and who, accordingly, are not now in the country, were "involved in a variety of actions, including information activities against Greece." In Athens they anonymously state that the anti-Russian measures being implemented are "an answer to a number of coordinated steps to expand Russian influence in Greece," including on the religious line. This refers, in particular, to the activities of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society. Referring to his sources, "Katimerini" claims that "various circles related to Russian interests interfered in Greek internal affairs", in particular bribed the Greek municipalities, the metropolitans of the Greek church, tried to gain influence for the Holy Mount Athos for money.

Greeks want to convince that the espionage nest in Athens is the embassy is not the US, but Russia
Greeks want to convince that the espionage nest in Athens is the embassy is not the US, but Russia

The organizers of the anti-Russian provocation state that the Athenian authorities thwarted attempts to "bribe government officials" and interfere with "particularly sensitive national problems and interests of Greece in the Balkans, in particular, on the issue of the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)."

They pretend to be fools

Knowing perfectly what it was aimed at, the Greek authorities do - for domestic consumption - the appearance that the four above mentioned persons are to blame, while Greece "continues to desire to maintain good relations with Russia, to promote friendship between the two peoples, to co-operate their governments" with mutual respect for the sovereignty and independence of both countries. As if Moscow had once encroached on them. In Athens, recalled in this connection that Greece did not sideline most of the EU countries and did not expel Russian diplomats in connection with the "Skripal case", although what is happening now can well be called deferred Greek participation in this global anti-Russian provocation.

And then, quite in the British and American style, the Greek authorities, in the statement of "Katimerini", warned Moscow that any "reciprocal steps" on its part would lead only to "further deterioration of relations" and would be "fruitless". That is, Russia should swallow this humiliation, "shut up and move aside."

For naive people, this threat is accompanied by a hint that "no member of the Greek diplomatic and consular service in Russia has exceeded the limits of strict fulfillment of his mission." That is, that the Greek diplomats and the Greek special services under the diplomatic roof on the territory of our country have never been engaged or engaged in work against Russia, that they do not help carry out the policy of the EU and NATO in the Russian direction.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras disappointed most of his Greeks with his policies, but he tries to blame Russia for this
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras disappointed most of his Greeks with his policies, but he tries to blame Russia for this

This childish babble did not, of course, impress the Russian Foreign Ministry, where they reported that they would take "mirror measures" in response to the expulsion of their diplomats.

So, what is really happening?

This whole story clearly shows how the current Greek government really treats Russia, and explains why it is so. We will not be hypocrites. Part of the diplomats in any foreign embassy in any country is engaged in intelligence activities. Who is open, and who, if working under diplomatic cover, is unofficial. And they often work not even against the country of their accreditation, if it is friendly, but against third countries. This is done by everyone, including the Greeks in Russia, whose diplomats are not being released from NATO's "mezhdusoboychikov" in Moscow and participating in "brainstorming", as if to better and more effectively harm Russia.

It is clear that the Russian embassy in the capital of Greece, one of the oldest members of NATO, is no exception. Therefore, what is important here is another - the Greek demarche itself, that Athens has seduced Russia before the whole world and pretended to be offended by the generally accepted practice. The American embassy in Athens has been monitoring everyone for over half a century, blackmailing and bribing all the more or less prominent representatives of the Greek elite, arranged state coups in the country, and this does not anger the current Greek authorities.

When former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, for example, tried to improve relations with Russia, the US embassy did not allow this. The coincidence of the disclosure of claims to Russia with the NATO summit in Brussels is also not a coincidence. The moral here is this: if even the Greeks drive the Russians, they should be chased from everywhere and from everywhere, and soon take Georgia and Ukraine with NATO, with their unresolved and fraught conflicts with Russia, territorial problems. It also draws attention to the fact that Cipras uses the technology of Theresa May, making a bet not on the "business of Skripal", but on the "business of diplomats".

May demanded an anti-Russian provocation to take the blow from itself for a failed domestic and European policy - for the costs of Brexit and the decline in the popularity of the Conservatives and Premier in person inside the country. In the case of Cipras, this discontent of the people with his policy of indulgence to the creditors of Greece and the tightening of the belts, the deal about the name of Macedonia, which angered the majority of Greeks, but caused applause from the leadership of the EU and NATO, migration policy, and the struggle against Orthodoxy, in which the ruling Greek leftists achieved serious successes .

What does it do?

Therefore, for Athens it turned out to be necessary to distract the public attention of the country to Russia, which for some reason stirs up water in Greek municipalities and "bribes" the metropolitans, writes off its political failures to Moscow and deserves the praise of Brussels and Washington. Western creditors of Greece, apparently, made serious concessions to Athens, not only because of Macedonia. Solving its tactical problems and clinging to power, the government of Tsipras finally threw off the mask, exposing its anti-Russian and anti-Orthodox grin. Nothing else from the former Trotskyists, who are always high and, as we see, was not in vain valued in the West, and could not be expected.

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