Greece to expel two Russian envoys, Moscow to respond in kind

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

The newspaper says that the diplomats are particularly accused of "attempts to get and disseminate information, as well as bribe state officials".

Greece chose to expel the diplomats over claims they tried to undermine an agreement between Athens and Skopje over a long-running name dispute, according to the Kathimerini newspaper.

It is noted that the Athens' actions are not coming "out of the blue" since Russian Federation is alleged to have planned the meddling to strengthen its weight in the country.

The Kathimerini report contains allegations that Russian Federation has in some way tried to intervene in sensitive issues, particularly with respect to the issue of the name of Macedonia.

According to one of the sources, any response from Moscow would only aggravate the situation.

Citing a member of the upper house of parliament, Andrei Klimov, RIA news agency said two Greek diplomats would be expelled.

Diplomatic sources stressed that Athens' decision stemmed from the activities of the four diplomats and had nothing to do with Greece's attitude towards Russian Federation.

"It is within that framework, and whenever required, measures have been taken".

However, Greece was not among them. "From there on, all states and authorities should respect global law, but also us, the Greek government and the Greek state".

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city of Salisbury on 4 March after reportedly being exposed to a military-grade Novichok nerve agent.

The UK government says the nerve agent used in the Skripal attack was of a type developed by Russian Federation, but the country's authorities continue to deny any involvement.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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