Relations between Russia and Greece above the political conjuncture, said Stepashin

© RIA Novosti / Michael Microchimeric in photobacteria Stepashin. Archival photoRelations between Russia and Greece above the political conjuncture, said Stepashin© RIA Novosti / Michael Microchimeric the image Bank

Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergei Stepashin said that Russia, cherish the friendship with Greece and the relations between the countries should not depend on the international political situation.

«Good relations between Russia and Greece are our common heritage. We cherish the centuries-old traditions of friendship established between our peoples», — said Stepashin in the greeting to organizers, participants and guests of the charity festival of Christian culture «Russia-Greece. Together through the ages».

Stepashin is the Chairman of the organizing Committee of the festival, which takes place in Corfu island in Corfu from 9th to 15th August.

«A solid Foundation for the cooperation — shared civilizational values, Orthodox culture, a sincere mutual admiration. The partnership between our countries should not depend on fluctuations in the international political environment. The task of the peoples of Russia and Greece — to protect and grow our rich heritage!» – said in the greeting published on the festival website.

Stepashin recalled that this year marked the remarkable date — the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and cooperation and the 190th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Greece, and the first head of the independent Greek state and the person, who established diplomatic relations with Russia, was count Ioannis Kapodistrias.

«In Russia, Kapodistrias the most famous due to his successful activity on the post of the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Empire», — said the head of the IOPS.

The day before against the activities of the IOPS in Greece by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Greece, who accused the society of having links with the tsarist secret police. In a statement, the Greek foreign Ministry in connection with the mirror retaliatory measures of Russia on the expulsion of Russian diplomats referred to the attempt «to impose the presence of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, the organization created in the 19th century, the secret services of the kings, which aims to de-Ellendale patriarchs of the Middle East». According to Greek media, informed the Greek foreign Ministry denied entry into the country, Deputy Chairman of the Greek branch of IOPS.

The Greek foreign Ministry also called Russia a «friend of Turkey-in-arms» and said that Moscow is not aware that Greece has its own interests and criteria in international politics.

The festival takes place in Corfu for the third time. The exhibition dedicated to the first Governor of Greece John capodistrias and the Russian Admiral Fyodor Ushakov.

In Greece of Admiral Ushakov revered as a Saint — he liberated Corfu from the French troops, he showed himself as a skillful organizer and politician during the establishment of the Greek Republic of Seven Islands. Ushakov took part in the Russo-Turkish wars of 1768-1774 and 1787-1791.