Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias reported to the parliamentary foreign affairs committee that the Greek consul had left besieged Mariupol and was on his way to the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhye:
“I hope he can safely return to our homeland. The scenes from Ukraine are tragic in the context of the war caused by the Russian invasion. Both expatriates and Greek diplomats are trapped. At the moment, work is underway to evacuate the Greek consul from Mariupol together with the OSCE staff. If the information is correct, now it is moving in the direction of Zaporozhye. I hope he can safely return to our homeland. Let me say that his presence in Mariupol, like the presence of Ambassador Kostelenis and Ambassador Dokhtsis, does honor to our country. Once again, I extend my warmest congratulations to them.”
As the publication writes newsbreak.gr, the minister asked for the floor to report on the situation, at the beginning of yesterday’s meeting of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs. We previously informed our readers that Greek consul was at the epicenter of military events in Ukraine. He continues to be in the besieged Mariupol and, for security reasons, closed himself in an OSCE shelter in the midst of hostilities in the destroyed city.
The diplomat’s family asked the Greek authorities to find the most convenient way to repatriate him, as the consul’s life is in danger. According to the latest reports, he is in good health and relatively safe, they have food and water, but it is impossible to go out into the mined streets where they are shooting.