Greece To Expel, Ban Russian Diplomats

Greece To Expel, Ban Russian Diplomats

His remarks were in response to Kathimerini's report that Greece would expel Russian diplomats for activities inconsistent with their status.

It marks a rare downturn in diplomatic relations between Athens and Moscow, who have shared close ties for decades.

She added that unlike many other European Union countries, Greece did not expel any Russian diplomats following the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain, which London blamed on Moscow.

The Greek authorities have made a decision to expel two Russian diplomats from the country, reported sources of the Kathimerini newspaper.

More specifically, Athens is accusing the Russian diplomats of efforts to extract and circulate information, and to bribe Greek state operatives, which have failed, Ekathimerini has learned.

Kathimerini claims that the Russian side tried to intervene in the Balkans issues the Greeks regard as particularly sensitive.

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In Moscow, a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry told AFP: "Tit-for-tat measures will be taken, as is always the case in such situations".

Last month the two countries signed an agreement that if approved will see FYR Macedonia change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia. They also said that any retaliatory measures that Moscow might take would be useless.

The row has put the Greek government in conflict with President Putin.

However, Greece was not among them. "From there on, all states and authorities should respect worldwide 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.

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