In an appeal to the Greek government, the Friends of Crimea organization demands to protect the rights of Greeks on the Crimean peninsula, which are violated in connection with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, RIA Novosti reports.
In an interview with reporters, Kostas Isichos, former First Deputy Minister of National Defense of Greece, a member of the Greek National Unity Party and deputy chairman of the Friends of Crimea Association, states that due to EU sanctions, the Greek population of Crimea is deprived of the opportunity to visit their historical homeland, to which they have an inalienable right … He urges to solve this problem as soon as possible:
In its statement, the club describes in detail the unthinkable situation created by the sanctions, especially in connection with Easter and the summer, and calls for the immediate intervention of the Greek state in the European Union in order to stop the irrational attitude towards our compatriots and Russian Greeks – citizens of the Russian Federation.
Kostas Isichos notes that during his visit to Moscow, Haris Theocharis, Greek Minister of Tourism, spoke about the joint efforts of the two countries aimed at simplifying formalities and liberalizing the tourist movement, especially against the backdrop of events marking the anniversary of the 1821 revolution. Friends of Crimea said in a statement:
Everything looks good when we discuss how to make a profit. But what about our debts … The Greek minister confirmed the love of Russians for the Greeks and even called for an increase in tourist flows to our country. But he seems to have forgotten a part of the Russian Federation, Crimea, where not only the Russians who love Greece live, but also the officially recognized Greek minority, who have no hope of visiting their distant ancestral home. The Greek political leadership, as always, blindly follows the demands of foreigners, as if they were the orders of the bosses, thereby degrading Greece’s relationship from allied to colonial.
The authors of the statement insist that the EU sanctions policy towards Crimea cannot serve European interests. This approach only causes controversy and increases the list of existing problems. Members of the Friends of Crimea organization note that the Greek national minority recognized by Russia has every opportunity on the peninsula to learn their native language, honor traditions and develop their culture. The statement highlights:
The right of the Greek minority in Crimea to visit Greece is self-evident, and the Greek government is obliged to protect it in European institutions. You need to do this immediately.