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Greek FM Kotzias dismiss FT allegations of “supposed relations with A. Dugin”

Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement dismissing as “groundless’” allegations published in Financial Times on Wednesday, claiming that Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had “supposed relations” with Russian professor Alexandr Dugin.

Greek Foreign Ministry press release

Thursday, 29 January 2015

In a Financial Times article published on 28 January, reference is made to groundless claims regarding the existence of relations between Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Russian professor Aleksandr Dugin. The article mentions the false claim that Mr. Kotzias invited Mr. Dugin to an event at the University of Piraeus. As stated in a denial issued by the University of Piraeus itself, Mr. Kotzias never invited Mr. Dugin to the lecture in question and, contrary to claims made in the article, never traveled to Moscow to meet with him.

The article also falsely states that a relevant statement was requested from Mr. Kotzias, but that he would not provide one. Basic journalistic ethics require that the writers of the article should have crosschecked and confirmed before the publishing of this unfounded information, which, reproduced on the internet and through other news media, is creating inaccurate and unfounded impressions. (mfa.gr)

Alexandr Dugin is “a Russian philosopher and political scientist known for his fascist views and calls to hasten the “end of times” with all out war.” (more on wikipedia)

I personally have no idea who is Alexandr Dugin, and had no access to Financial Times article due to its subscription fire wall. However, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, had a post on the same issue, – with more or less the same content of the FT, I assume.

New Greek Government Has Deep, Long-Standing Ties With Russian ‘Fascist’ Dugin

“Europe-watchers understood immediately that the new leftist Syriza-led government in Greece could shatter the European Union’s fragile solidarity condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine.

But recently leaked e-mails are revealing some of the extent and duration of Syriza’s ties with Kremlin-connected Eurasianist ideologue Aleksandr Dugin and Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev, who is believed to have bankrolled much of the separatist movement in Ukraine.

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Dugin is also tied to Greece’s new foreign minister, Nikos Kotzias. In April 2013, Kotzias — then a professor at the University of Piraeus — invited Dugin to give a lecture on International Politics and the Eurasianist Vision. During that lecture, Dugin said that Greece should not join the Russia-led Eurasian Union, but instead should play a role “in the re-creation of the architecture of Europe” and form an “eastern pole of European identity” within the EU together with Serbia and others.” (full article here)

Worth noting is that Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a U.S. broadcasting organization that provides news, information, and analysis to countries “where the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed”,  so its mission.  It was founded as an anti-communist news and propaganda source ” in 1949 by the National Committee for a Free Europe, as part of a large-scale Psychological Operation during the Cold War. It is supervised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a bi-partisan federal agency overseeing all U.S. international broadcasting services.” ( More on RFE/RL here)

PS in the new Cold War of financial interests, we will find our political ideologies and financial debts thrown together in the laundry machine being washed full program.

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