The close and historical ties of the two countries and the two peoples were confirmed during today’s meeting Mitsotaki – Putin in Sochi, while the importance of the successful joint initiative “Year of History of Greece – Russia 2021” was stressed.
The two leaders exchanged views on the further development of bilateral relations in a number of areas, following the holding of the 13th Joint Interministerial Committee and the signing of a relevant Protocol, and welcomed the strengthening of the bilateral contractual framework, following the signing of four marginal agreements. Joint Interministerial Committee.
In addition, the Joint Action Plan was adopted for the years 2022-2024 which will identify key axes of bilateral cooperation for the coming years.
The Greek Prime Minister put it to Mr. Putin pending the return to Greece of the Archives of the Israeli Communities, with the President of Russia accepting the constant request of Greece.
The agreement, announced during the two leaders’ statements, sets in motion the repatriation of the Archives, which were stolen by the Nazi occupation forces upon their withdrawal from Greece and then located by the Soviet army in Berlin, after the occupation of the city. .
The return of the Archives, which are now housed in Moscow, to the facilities where the Russian Military Archives are kept, has been a constant pursuit of Greece for decades.
During the meeting, developments related to the pandemic were also discussed and the importance of promoting economic cooperation in the context of efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic was stressed.
In terms of developments in Eastern Mediterranean, Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that Turkey, with its aggressive rhetoric and provocative actions, insists on behaving in a way that makes it difficult to negotiate between the states of the region, but also the efforts for a peaceful settlement of the problems. He reiterated that Greece remains willing to engage in dialogue under the necessary condition of full respect for international law, including the law of the sea.
The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the clear position of the Russian side regarding the fundamental importance of the Law of the Sea for the delimitation of maritime zones in the Eastern Mediterranean.
About Cyprus, Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his appreciation for Russia’s consistent and constructive stance in the Security Council. He stressed that the Cyprus issue is a matter of first priority for Greece and reiterated the commitment to the goal of a mutually acceptable solution, within the binding framework of the relevant Security Council Resolutions.
He stressed that for Greece there is no solution without the abolition of the anachronistic system of guarantees and without the complete withdrawal of the illegal Turkish occupation troops from the island. On the issue of Varosia, he clarified that if Turkey proceeds with the implementation of the announcements for the settlement of the enclosed city, there can be no mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem.
The two leaders exchanged views on developments in the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on Libya. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of adhering to the timetable for the December 24 elections. He reiterated the need to respect the UN Security Council Resolution and the UN Security Council Resolutions 2570/2571 and called for the complete withdrawal of all foreign troops, fighters and mercenaries, based on the Conclusions of the recent Paris Conference on Libya.
In the crucial issue in EU-Russia relations, and NATO-RussiaRecognizing the existing challenges, Mr. Mitsotakis stressed the importance of maintaining open channels of communication in the interest of all and assured of Greece’s commitment to dialogue as the only means of finding solutions. He also pointed out that Greece has always considered Russia an integral part of the European security architecture.
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Source From: Capital