The foreign Ministry expressed protest to the Greek Ambassador for the expulsion of diplomats

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi in Photobacterium of Greece in Moscow. Archival photoThe foreign Ministry expressed protest to the Greek Ambassador for the expulsion of diplomats© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Odinakovymi the image Bank

The foreign Ministry of Russia is considering the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece as wholly unfounded, uncorroborated facts from the Greek side and harming bilateral relations, stated in the message of Department of information and press of the Russian foreign Ministry.

«July 13, the Russian foreign Ministry was caused by extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic in the Russian Federation Andreas Fryganas, which was expressed a strong protest in connection with the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and the prohibition of the entry of a further two citizens of the Russian Federation. It was emphasized that the considered this action as totally unfounded, uncorroborated facts from the Greek side, contrary to the nature of our bilateral relations and is able to inflict serious damage,» — said the Russian foreign Ministry.

«Obviously, for anti-Russian by a decision of the government of Greece, timed to the opening of the NATO summit, is Washington, openly supported these actions in the statement of the state Department», — stated in the message.

The Greek newspaper «Kathimerini», citing a senior diplomatic sources reported on Wednesday that Greece sends two Russian diplomats and prohibits two diplomats entering the country «for the illegal actions against national security». Government spokesman of Greece Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, commenting on the plans for the expulsion of Russian diplomats pointed to «behavior aimed at interfering in the issue of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia». An official in the Greek government told RIA Novosti that the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Greece is a «specific incident» and not linked to the relations between the two countries.

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