Russia accused Greece’s leadership of an “anti-Russia propaganda” campaign via a statement shared by Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday.
The accusations criticizing Greece are in regard to its stance on the war in Ukraine. The statement was also shared by the Russian Embassy in Athens.
Zakharova talks about an orchestrated defamation of Russia in Greece, arguing that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was not unprovoked.
“Senior officials in Athens find themselves making gross accusations against our country and its leadership,” Zakharova declared.
However, “Time that will put everything in its place, will show who was right and who made the wrong choice, she says, finishing the post with the words “We believe that the eternal ties that unite the peoples of Russia and Greece will withstand these trials as well.”
Maria Zakharova’s full statement about Russia and Greece
“We noticed the unprecedented campaign launched in Greece to defame Russia’s policy. Senior officials in Athens allow themselves to make crude accusations against our country and its leadership, they are literally competing with their like-minded people. They hypocritically speak of an “unprovoked attack” against Ukraine, for the first time since World War II, a “mass invasion” and so on,” the Russian statement charged.
“It should be recalled that with the efforts, first of all, of the US and its satellites, wars and conflicts have shaken the world for the last decades – the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan. No one has taken responsibility for the enormous sacrifices and suffering of the peoples of these countries.
“Today, the crimes of the Kiev regime, which came to power as a result of the bloody coup of 2014, remain in the shadow of the new wave of anti-Russian criticism. The fact that Crimea and Sevastopol paid for their free reunification with Russia with total blockade and Western sanctions is silenced,” Zakharova’s statement alleged.
“In the besieged Donbas, as a result of the neo-Nazi Ukrainian clearing operations, more than 14,000 civilians have been killed in the past eight years, and the Russians have been offered to leave Ukraine. The meaning of the daily shootings can be explained, among others, by the Greek expatriates who live in the territories of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the Russian statement declared baselessly.
Ukraine’s President is Jewish and the first prime minister under his administration was also Jewish — making it the first country in Europe to have two Jewish leaders in these positions at the same time.
“The European Union has chosen to silently watch the extermination of the Donbass civilian population, becoming an accomplice in the long-standing genocide of the people of southeastern Ukraine.
“Now Europe, including Greece, is fully integrated into the ranks of the Kiev regime’s advocates, while the anti-Russia hysteria cultivated by the authorities has reached a boiling point. On this basis, profoundly wrong, criminal decisions are made, including the shipment of weapons to Ukraine. Eventually, weapons will be turned against civilians, including Greeks, by Ukrainian nationalist battalions that use them as human shields and who have already fallen victim to this inhumane tactic,” the Russian spokesperson charged.
“In the name of collective Western plans – to do harm to Russia at all costs – common sense has been sacrificed. Bilateral ties are being deliberately damaged, and Russian-Greek relations, unfortunately, are no exception. Athens actively supports the EU sanctions regime. They accuse us of so-called “energy blackmail”, proclaiming the goal of rapid independence from Russian gas, the uninterrupted supply of which for decades has been a stabilizing factor for the national energy sector. With the collective directive of Brussels, the Greek sky closed for the Russian airlines.
“The order was given for the suspension of any cooperation in the field of culture, for the interruption of the Common Dedicated Years. There are calls for a complete cessation of any cooperation. Essentially, for the sake of vague and dubious goals, the Greek leadership was to nullify our own common historical heritage, which only yesterday it characterized as its natural advantage in cooperating with Russia,” the Russian statement alleged, concluding:
“Time will put everything in its place, will show who was right and who – the critical one – showed a lack of insight, made the wrong choice. We believe that the eternal ties that unite the peoples of Russia and Greece will withstand these trials as well.“