The expulsion of two Russian diplomats from Greece is ungrounded and can seriously harm bilateral relations, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, local media reported.
“Washington is solely behind the anti-Russian decision of the government of Greece … and it was announced precisely for the NATO Summit,” the statement said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry notes that the Greek side does not have a justification for the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece, pointing out that Moscow considers the incident absolutely without foundation.
“We consider the action to be absolutely illogical, it does not correspond to the facts from the Greek side, which acts contrary to the nature of our bilateral relations and can cause serious damage,” the ministry said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Ministry says it summoned the Greek ambassador for talks in Moscow.
A few days ago, Kathimerini announced that Greece had decided to expel two Russian diplomats and prohibit the entry of two more people for illegal activities against the national security of the country. Russian media in today’s news does not provide more details, nor does it suspect the alleged Russian involvement in the name dispute, which, in turn, was underlined by the Greek side.
Otherwise, the Greek TV Ant1 reported that the Greek ambassador in Moscow, Andreas Friganas, today was in talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry to discuss the issue where he was told the next steps that Moscow would take.
Earlier, the US State Department supported Greece for the expulsions, which came much later than many European countries, including Macedonia who expelled Russian diplomats based on an obvious false flag poisoning carried out by the British Government.
“We support Greece in defending its sovereignty,” SD’s spokesman Heather Nutter stated on her Twitter account.