Zakharova on deportations of Greek diplomats: ‘Mutual deportations are not our choice’

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The assessment that over time logic should prevail and the diplomatic activity of Greece and Russia in Moscow and Athens should be normalized, expressed the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova answering a relevant question during the regular weekly Russian and international press briefing. The Russian spokeswoman said mutual deportations were not Moscow’s choice and assured that despite the reduction in staffing, the Russian embassy in Athens and the consulate general in Thessaloniki would continue to operate normally.

The full comment of M. Zakharova is as follows:

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“The declaration as” undesirable “of eight officials of the Greek Embassy and Consulate General in Moscow is a necessary response measure, due to the unfriendly actions of the Greek side, primarily the unprecedented deportation of twelve Russian diplomats in April and as we understood it, It was the desire, the desire to weaken the Russian diplomatic missions, to make their normal functioning as difficult as possible. And much more the current leadership of Greece has proceeded to even greater escalation, they have launched a loud campaign in the media, they have published personal data of these people. Mutual expulsions do not e It is our choice, I would like to emphasize this, we did not start them, but similar actions do not go unreacted. I think that over time logic (this is the third time I repeat this phrase in today’s briefing) should prevail and will allow the work of the diplomatic missions of the two countries to be normalized. As for the Russian Embassy in Athens and the Consulate General in Thessaloniki, after the forced, unfounded reduction of their staff, they nevertheless fully carry out the mission assigned to them, including the consular services, to issue visas and the defense of the interests of Russia and its citizens, as defined in their mandates. Regarding the situation of the Greek diplomatic missions, it is better to address this question to Athens “.

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