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Russia expels two Greek diplomats in retaliation move

Russia has expelled two Greek diplomats and forbade entrance to the country to the director of the political office of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

Moscow’s retaliation comes almost a month after Athens expelled two Russian diplomats for promoting protests against the Macedonia Agreement with FYROM.

Greek ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the  Foreign Ministry on Monday.

Ambassador Andreas Friganas received a note notifying Athens about tit-for-tat measures taken by the Russian side following Athens’ “unfriendly actions against Russian diplomats and citizens this July,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement later.

The statement did not reveal the names of the expelled Greek diplomats.

According to Greek news website hellasjournal, expelled are the Commerce Attache as well as the diplomat in charge of communications.

Forbidding entrance to Kotzias’ close aide is considered as a direct personal attack against the Greek Foreign minister, the website notes.

Ambassador Friganas has reportedly submitted a diplomatic note about “Moscow’s actions against Greece.

Beginning of July, Greece decided to expel two Russian diplomats, and ban the entry of two more into Greece. The four Russian diplomats are allegedly accused of intrusion into domestic affairs and illegal acts against Greece’s national security.

Athens decision soured the relations between the two former allies.

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