The arrival of the delegation from Greece to Crimea was announced by Ivan Shonus, chairman of the republican national-cultural autonomy of the Greeks of Crimea “Tavrida” and deputy head of the Committee of the State Council of Crimea on people’s diplomacy and interethnic relations.
The friendly delegation includes Yannis Kotsailidis, Doctor of Mathematics and Chairman of the Panhellenic Movement of Greek-Russian Friendship Party, his deputy Georgiy Iosifidis and Ilias Alikhanidis, teacher of the Higher School of the Greek Ministry of Agriculture and Chairman of the Panhellenic Pontic Union of Repatriate Scientists from the city of Katerini Central Macedonia …
Ivan Shonus said that the Greek guests will stay in Crimea until June 15. The program is rich. They will take part in the scientific-practical conference “Crimean Bridge. Greeks (People’s Diplomacy in Action)”, will visit the monument to the Greek legion of Nicholas Ι in Sevastopol and take a tour of the Tavrichesky Chersonesos Museum. A wreath-laying visit to the memorial complex “Red Concentration Camp” is planned in the Simferopol region. The Greek guests will also meet with the deputies of the Crimean State Council.
At the conference opened in Simferopol, an important issue on the agenda will be the discussion of the need to break the information blockade between Greece and Crimea, and issues of tourism development will also be discussed. Ivan Shonus, opening the conference, noted that the members of the Greek delegation “were the first to come to the peninsula to support the choice of the Crimeans” 6 years ago, in the spring of 2014. In response, Yannis Kotsailidis called the Crimean residents’ vote on the status of the peninsula “a historical example of a referendum” at that time.