Russia on Monday announced the expulsion of eight Greek diplomats, mainly due to deliveries of military equipment from Greece to Ukraine, AFP reports.
The Greek ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he was handed a note informing him that the expelled diplomats had eight days to leave Russia.
According to a statement from Russian diplomacy, the decision is “a direct consequence of the hostile actions taken by the Greek authorities.” The document mentions “supplies of weapons and military equipment” to Ukraine, as well as the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece.
The government in Athens announced in April the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
AFP notes that Greece is, like Russia, a predominantly Orthodox country, and bilateral relations have historical roots, but Athens has aligned itself with the position of Western allies and strongly condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Western states have expelled hundreds of Russian diplomats in recent months, and Moscow has reacted with similar measures, AFP was quoted as saying by Agerpres.
Editor: Liviu Cojan