Pushkov called the recall of the Greek Ambassador from Moscow disadvantageous step to Athens

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotobanka of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Alexei Pushkov. Archival photoPushkov called the recall of the Greek Ambassador from Moscow disadvantageous step to Athens© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov believes that the recall of the Greek Ambassador Andreas Fryganas from Moscow is disadvantageous step for Athens.

A government source told RIA Novosti on Friday that the foreign Ministry of Greece withdraws from Moscow its Ambassador Andreas Fryganas. According to him, in the coming days Fryganas return to Athens, and in Moscow will be sent another Ambassador, but it is not known when it will happen. Information about the recall of the Greek Ambassador confirmed to a diplomatic source. The official comment of the foreign Ministry to get so far failed.

«Recalling the Ambassador is always an emergency measure. If Greece decided to withdraw its Ambassador from Moscow, I believe that Athens got excited. This step is disadvantageous especially Greece. Athens will not win anything due to the deterioration of relations with Russia,» the Senator wrote in his Twitter.

The recall of the Ambassador comes at a time of crisis in the diplomatic relations between the two countries after the mutual expulsion of Greek and Russian diplomats.

The recall of the Ambassador is always an emergency measure. If Greece decided to withdraw its Ambassador from Moscow, it is believed that in Athens got excited. This step is disadvantageous especially Greece. Athens will not win anything due to the deterioration of relations with Russia.

— Alexei Pushkov (@Alexey_Pushkov) 10 Aug 2018

The Greek foreign Ministry on Friday issued a statement in connection with the retaliatory measures of Russia on the expulsion of Russian diplomats. The Greek foreign Ministry called Russia a «friend of Turkey-in-arms,» said that Moscow has steadily moved away from the position corresponding to the level of friendship and cooperation that characterized relations between Greece and Russia over 190 years. According to Athens, Russia is not aware that Greece has its own interests and criteria in international politics. Athens has described Moscow’s response «arbitrary and vindictive».

On Monday, the Ambassador of Greece in Russia Andreas Fryganas was summoned to the Russian foreign Ministry where he was handed a note informing about the response of Moscow on the expulsion of Russian diplomats. Greece on 11 July accused Russia of trying to undermine its national security and announced the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and a ban on entry of two Russian diplomats. Moscow denied the allegations and stated that these steps will not remain without response.

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