Diplomatic row over Macedonia further damages relations between Moscow, Athens

Moscow responded to Athens’ expulsion of Russian diplomats by expelling Greek diplomats from Russia. Athens then fired back, saying the move was arbitrary, retaliatory and not based on any evidence. The Greek Foreign Ministry went on to accuse Moscow of attempts to bribe state officials, undermine Greek foreign policy and interfere in Greek internal affairs. The allegations stem from Moscow’s attempt to undermine Athens’ Macedonia name agreement with Skopje. However, the Greek Foreign Ministry is now likewise expressing anger over Russia’s defense deals with Turkey. This is all casting doubt on the continuation of the “friendship” between Athens and Moscow.


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