Sunday, July 14

Comment by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry M.V.Zakharova in connection with the anti-Russian information campaign in Greece

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We drew attention to the unprecedented campaign launched in Greece to discredit Russia’s policy. The highest officials in Athens allow themselves to make rude accusations against our country and its leadership, literally compete in this with their like-minded people. Hypocritically they talk about “unprovoked aggression” against Ukraine, the first “massive invasion” since the Second World War, etc.

Recall that, first of all, the efforts of the United States and its satellites have been shaking the world over the past decades with wars and conflicts – the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan. No one has answered for the enormous sacrifices and sufferings of the peoples of these countries.

Today, the crimes of the Kiev regime, which came to power as a result of a bloody coup in 2014, remain in the shadow of a new wave of anti-Russian criticism. It is silent that Crimea and Sevastopol paid for free reunification with Russia with a total blockade and Western sanctions. In the besieged Donbass, as a result of punitive operations of Ukrainian neo-Nazis over the past eight years, more than 14 thousand civilians have been killed, and Russians have been asked to get out of Ukraine altogether. And what is daily shelling, among others, ethnic Greeks living on the territory of the LPR and DPR can tell.

The European Union chose to silently observe the extermination of the civilian population of Donbass, became an accomplice to the long-term genocide of the inhabitants of the Ukrainian Southeast. Now Europe, including Greece, has finally signed up as lawyers for the Kiev regime, and the Russophobic hysteria promoted by the authorities has reached a boiling point. On this basis, deeply erroneous, criminal decisions are being made, including about sending weapons to Ukraine. As a result, it will be directed, among other things, against civilians, including Greeks, whom Ukrainian national battalions use as human shields and who have already fallen victim to this inhumane tactics.

Common sense has been sacrificed to collective Western plans to harm Russia at any cost. Bilateral ties are being deliberately destroyed, and Russian-Greek relations, unfortunately, are no exception here. Athens actively supports the EU sanctions regime. They attribute “energy blackmail” to us, proclaim as a goal the soonest rejection of Russian natural gas, the uninterrupted supply of which has been a factor in the stability of the local energy sector for decades. For domestic airlines, in accordance with the collective Brussels order, the Greek sky is closed. The command was given to suspend cooperation with us in the field of culture, to abandon the “cross” years. There are calls to completely curtail any interaction. In fact, for the sake of vague and dubious goals, the Greek leadership is ready to reset the very joint historical heritage, which just yesterday called its natural advantage in cooperation with Russia.

Time will put everything in its place, show who was right, and who showed shortsightedness at a critical moment, made the wrong choice. We believe that the age-old ties that bind the peoples of Russia and Greece will withstand these tests.



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