Greek Foreign Minister met with representatives of Greek communities in Ukraine

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol and also met with the city’s ethnic Greek communities.

During a visit at the premises of the @OSCE_SMM Mariupol office, I was briefed on the security situation on the ground and the Mission’s work. pic.twitter.com/2Ujp7i9DeU

— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) January 31, 2022

Dendias tweeted that he was “updated on the security situation on the ground and on the work of the Mission.”

Earlier in the day, the Greek minister visited the Mariupol city council, where he “had a fruitful meeting with the city’s first deputy mayor, M. Kohut, and the chairman of the Mariupol district council, S. Makhsma,” he said in another tweet.

Of his encounters with the Greek communities, Dendias wrote:

“In Ukraine, together with Greek emigrants (ομογενείς)! I visited the 8th school of the Modern Greek language and met with the teachers, the head of the military-civilian administration of Sartana and members of the Greek community of Sartana and Chermalyk.”

Στην Ουκρανία, #μαζί με τους Έλληνες ομογενείς! Επισκέφθηκα το 8ο Σχολείο Εκμάθησης Νεοελληνικής Γλώσσας και συναντήθηκα με τους εκπαιδευτικούς, τον Πρόεδρο στρατιωτικό-πολιτικής Διοίκησης Σαρτανά και μέλη της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Σαρτανά & Τσερμαλίκ. pic.twitter.com/BisxXi8j5i

— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) January 31, 2022

In Sartan, Donetsk region, Dendias also laid a wreath at the monument to the fallen Greek emigrants.

Dendias spoke on the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba.

“I informed my Ukrainian colleague about my visit to Mariupol to support the Greek community and about Greece’s intention to strengthen its Consulate General in the city,” Dendias wrote on social media. According to the same report, Kuleba thanked Greece for the decision not to withdraw its staff from the embassy in Kiev, while Dendias confirmed that Greece supports the independence and territorial integrity of all states.

During a friendly phone discussion today, I briefed my #Ukraine counterpart @DmytroKuleba on my visit to #Mariupol to stand by the side of the Greek diaspora and on Greeces’ intention to reinforce the ?? Consulate General in the city. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Vpi64CjXwD

— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) January 31, 2022

After completing his visits to the cities of Mariupol and Sartana, Dendias told reporters that Greece would be there and support the Greek communities in Ukraine.

“Today, I am here in Mariupol, just a few kilometers from the main point of tension between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, to support the Greek community of more than 100,000 people with my presence here,” Dendias stressed.

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