Moscow says will respond to Greece's expulsion of Russian diplomats

11 July, 2018, 20:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Greek PM Alexis Tsipras meets with Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in 2015

Greece called for the immediate expulsions amid claims that a number of Russian diplomats were involved in efforts in the country to extract material that could then be used to bribe Greek state officials, the Athens daily Kathimerini reports.

The Greek Kathimerini daily reported earlier citing diplomatic sources that Athens had made a decision to expel two Russian diplomats and ban another two from entering the country.

Russia's foreign ministry said it would respond in kind to the expulsions.

A spokesperson for the Greek government said that Greece "will not tolerate anything that violates worldwide law".

Kathimerini said Greek authorities were investigating intrusion into domestic policy issues and quoted diplomatic sources as saying the suspicions were exclusively focused on those four individuals.


Greece has chose to expel two Russian diplomats for allegedly intervening in the name dispute agreement between Athens and Skopje.

A member of Russia's upper house of parliament, Andrei Klimov, said Russian Federation would expel two Greek diplomats in response, without mentioning Macedonia or going into further detail about the reasons for the actions.

Russian Federation said on Wednesday it would mirror the move by expelling two Greek diplomats, according to reports.

Athens has been careful to protect its close relationship with Moscow and reportedly took the rare measures on Wednesday amid increasing efforts by Moscow to expand its influence in the country. "From there on, all states and authorities should respect worldwide law, but also us, the Greek government and the Greek state". "That has also occurred this time", Tzanakopoulos said.

The two countries agreed to the renaming of the former Yugoslav republic's name to North Macedonia.

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