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Russian ambassador: Lavrov's visit to Greece is no longer relevant

Russian ambassador: Lavrov's visit to Greece is no longer relevant

July 19 2018 LJ cover – Посол РФ: визит Лаврова в Грецию утрачивает актуальность
Tags: Greece, Russia, Politics, Lavrov, International relations

The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Greece in the current situation is losing its relevance, at least, in the earlier planned terms. This was stated by TASS on Thursday by the Russian ambassador in Athens, Andrei Maslov.

"I think that in the current situation this loses its relevance, at least, in the terms that were discussed, that is, in September," the diplomat noted.

Russia will send Greek diplomats, the terms of expulsion and the number of expelled diplomats are still unknown, Maslov also added.

"We have already announced that there will be mirror measures, I do not know when, who and in what sizes, but, of course, in accordance with existing practice, there will be retaliatory measures," he said.

Information that Greece expels Russian diplomats, appeared originally in the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, which, referring to sources, said that Athens decided to send two Russian diplomats and to ban the entry of two more. According to the publication, the Greek authorities accuse diplomats of interfering in the internal affairs of the country, as well as in actions that undermine national security. Later, the official representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of Greece, Dimitris Dzanakopulos, on air of Sky TV confirmed information about the expulsion of diplomats.

After the appearance of this information, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that similar actions, according to diplomatic practice, should be followed by a mirror response.

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