Russia expels eight Greek diplomats from the Embassy and the Consulate General in Moscow. Russian decision is “unfounded”, says Athens.
The decision to expel the diplomats was announced to the Greek ambassador in Moscow by the Russian Foreign Ministry. media reported.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Greek ambassador to Moscow on June 27, to protest “the hostile attitude of the Greek authorities towards Russia, including the sending of weapons and military equipment to the Kiev regime,” as it is reported characteristically.
The protest also concerned Greece’s decision to declare a a dozen Russian diplomats “personae non gratae” something that happened on April 6, 2022.
Prompt was the response by the Foreign Ministry in Athens that described the Russian decision as “unfounded.”
Greek Foreign Ministry statement:
“We express our deep regret for the decision of the Russian authorities to declare eight officials of the Greek Embassy in Moscow, as well as the Consulate General in Moscow, as personae non grata.
There is no basis for the decision of the Russian authorities to deport members of the Greek diplomatic and consular authorities to Russia, who, distinguished by their professionalism and high sense of responsibility, performed their duties in accordance with the provisions of the Vienna Conventions. Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
Greece maintains an attitude of principle, guided by respect for international law.
It goes without saying that the Embassy in Moscow, as well as the Consular Authorities in Russia, will continue to make every effort at their disposal to continue their mission under particularly difficult conditions.”