In Athens, the graves of Russian diplomats laid flowers

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnikovskoye flowers to the graves of three Russian consuls General in Piraeus. 10 Feb 2018In Athens, the graves of Russian diplomats laid flowers© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnik

The memory of the Russian diplomats honored in Athens in the Day of diplomatic worker of the Russian Federation – to the graves of Russian consuls and the messenger laid flowers and said a prayer.

The event was attended by Russian Ambassador to Greece Andrei Maslov, the Russian Embassy officials and military atasate, representatives of the Greek foreign Ministry, municipal authorities, the Deputy of Parliament, representatives of the Russian and the Greek public.

In Russian military-historical necropolis of the municipal cemetery «Anastasis» in Piraeus, where are buried three of the Consul General of the Russian Empire, a Liturgy was served by Bishop Christianopolis Procopius by order and on behalf of the Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim. Bishop Procopius said that Greece and its people are grateful for what Russia has done to their homeland. The Bishop thanked the Russian Ambassador and the Embassy staff for their work and expressed hope for further cooperation and wished the diplomats to work for peace and justice.

«We will not forget your countrymen,» said the Bishop Procopius.

The Ambassador of Russia to Greece Andrey Maslov said that February 10 is celebrated as the professional holiday of the Russian diplomatic service, and on 11 February 1776, was born at Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias, who became the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia, and then the first ruler of independent Greece. The Ambassador noted that Russia and Greece share a common past which connects them.

Diplomatic ties between Russia and Greece are hundreds of years old, and formal diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1828, shortly after the establishment of the independent Greek state. This year marks 190 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties. A leading role in the liberation of Greece from the Turkish yoke was played by the «filiki eteria», founded by the Greeks in the southern capital of the Russian Empire — Odessa and to the establishment of Greece as a state has made a tremendous contribution and former Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Greece.

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnikovskoye flowers to the graves of three Russian consuls General in Piraeus. 10 Feb 2018In Athens, the graves of Russian diplomats laid flowers© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnikovskoye flowers to the graves of three Russian consuls General in Piraeus. 10 Feb 2018

Russian and Greek diplomats laid flowers to the graves of the last messenger of the Russian Empire in Greece Elim Demidov and his wife located at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Athens. Previously, the temple belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church and known as the Embassy Church since the parish was by the Russian diplomatic mission in Greece. Now the congregation of the temple refers to the Athenian Archdiocese of the Greek Orthodox Church.

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